Perfect Pairs: A simple handmade matching game

DIY matching activity for toddlers - An Everyday StoryThese beautiful little squares were given to Sarah (22mths) for Christmas. They are such a simple and thoughtful gift, perfect for Sarah.

They are a set of 12 matching pairs. Each square measures 10cm x 10 cm (approx. 4″x4″). Wouldn’t they be the perfect way to use up all those scrap pieces of fabric we have around the place?

DIY matching activity for toddlers - Perfect Pairs from An Everyday StoryTo start with, Sarah really liked simply playing with the squares, looking at them all, moving them from one pile to another. Then, like with the wooden eggs, I introduced matching, by giving her one pair to match, then two pairs, three.. and finally all twelve pairs.

At this stage I still need to lay out one set on the carpet for her and Sarah will match the others from a pile next to her. In time though she will be able to do this herself.

Perfect Pairs matching activity for toddlers - An Everyday Story Matching activity for toddlers - An Everyday StoryI also really like that each square has the same backing fabric so the game can be extended to a memory game for Jack (3.75yrs). We started with two pairs and now play with three. It’s incredible for Jack’s concentration and he really enjoys the challenge of finding a matching pair.

I imagine these little squares would be crazy simple to make, just cut and stitch. And how beautiful are they in their little carry bag? We love them.

14 Replies to “Perfect Pairs: A simple handmade matching game”

  1. A great idea indeed! Please keep sharing πŸ™‚

  2. What a great present! So pretty, and I love the simplicity of this idea, but so many options too!

  3. oh these are so adorable. i love the prints.

  4. Oh what a thoughtful gift!
    And such a beautiful idea.
    Hand made for our kids really is priceless.
    I imagine these were created & received with such love and are of course being used with the same. β™₯

  5. I love this! I remember pinning something similar in the early days of Pinterest. It’s on my to do list for ‘scraps’ πŸ™‚

  6. I wish I could sew. This game is absolutely delightful.

    1. Maybe drop some not so subtle hints to crafty friends… πŸ˜€

  7. These are gorgeous! I’ve had something like this in mind to make for a while now. I think I’m going to sew on a letter as well – maybe lower and upper case ones? hmmm…

    1. A friend of mine made something like that. Then she embroidered around the edge of each letter so they were tactile as well. She said it took a little while but well worth it. They turned out beautifully.

  8. What a simply wonderful gift…i really like the idea of the backing being the same pattern so you can extend the activity…i am all inspired to make some now!!

    1. You should Jode πŸ™‚ A Friend of mine suggested more textured materials for a sensory activity which I thought was a great idea.

  9. Simple and beautiful, and such a lovely tactile game at the same time!

  10. great idea! I have a lot of squares that were cut by my mother for a quilt that never got made, and didnt want to throw them away but had no idea what to do with them. My little grandson will love this!~

    1. My daughter is almost three and still loves this little game. She also uses the pieces as food in her play kitchen as well as blankets for her people in her doll house. My son likes to use them as caps for his superheroes. They really are so open-ended. I hope your grandson loves them too Katie πŸ™‚

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