This homemade color and pattern matching card game was taken directly out of the book, The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner. It’s an easy way to teach kids colors and matching using leftover wrapping paper or construction paper. For older children, you can turn it into a traditional memory game, since the back of each card is white. You mix the cards up, lay them out in a grid, and take turns trying to remember where the cards are to make pairs.
Recommended Age Range: Baby/Toddler
Time Required: ~1 hour
Cost: Less than $5 in used supplies
- index cards
- wrapping paper and/or construction paper
- contact paper
Supplies & Tools:
- paper trimmer (or ruler)
- Cut the index cards in half using the paper trimmer (or ruler, pencil, and scissors).
- Trace a half index card onto a piece of wrapping paper or construction paper 2 times for each color or pattern.
- Cut out the rectangles from the wrapping or construction paper.
- Glue them onto the half index cards.
- “Laminate” with contact paper (or use a thermal laminator).
- Trim laminated cards.
- Repeat for each pattern or color of paper you have.