This Color & Pattern Matching Game for kids using popsicle sticks is a great game for kids who are learning counting, colors and practising their fine motor skills.
If you’re into making busy bags for your kids, then this game will fit very nicely into a sandwich zip lock bag. You could download this below with instructions of how to put this together.
I created this game with the intent that kids could either play by putting the popsicle sticks directly on the card, or for more of a challenge, they could use the cards as templates and build the pattern on the table.
When I made this game, I thought it would be a cinch for Elle to do. Then she played with it and I realize this is quite challenging for her (she’s 3.5 years old).
Elle is very good with colors and counting. She counted the number of sticks she needs for each color and collected her sticks, then placed them neatly beside the pattern card. She didn’t have a particular order when placing the sticks like left to right or up to down. She picked up whichever one from her pile and placed it on the matching color.
The challenging part for her was placing the sticks on the card when there’s more than 2 popsicle sticks.
As the card became more crowded, she had to work hard at keeping her fingers and hand off the sticks that were already on the card. Sometimes she got frustrated and I had to encourage her to use her thumb and index finger only and tuck in the rest of her fingers.
I suppose I could make this easier for her by sticking a small piece of magnet to the back of the popsicle stick so she could play this game on a cookie sheet…but for the time being, I think I want her to be challenged and she could also work on her patience =)
Now that I know she likes this game, I’ll be laminating the cards and adding to our collection of busy bag games.
How to Use this Color and Pattern Matching Game for Kids
- Download and print the matching game here.
- Cut out the cards along the line.
- Laminate the cards. I use this Scotch laminator. It does a really good job and it’s the cheapest I’ve found. The refill sheets are really reasonable too!
- Give your child the cards and some some colored popsicle sticks and have fun!
PS – I actually created another set of pattern matching game where the popsicle sticks overlaps each other. At this rate, I think we’ll need to practice this a lot more before she’s ready to move forward.