Color Matching Game

Understanding color and shape is a tool for learning many skills in all curriculum areas, from math and science to language and reading. For example, when your child learns to discern the similarities and differences between colors and shapes, she is using the same skills she needs to recognize the differences between letters and numerals.

I have put together a “simple” game to play with your child that will help them strengthen their visual discrimination skills.

Visit your local hardware store or any department store that sells paint and simply pick out the basic color cards.

Provide your child with a bowl of assorted pom-poms that match the color cards and allow them to sort them onto the cards.  In addition to the pom-poms, wooden clothes pins or plastic tweezers may be used to move the pom-poms to the cards. By using clothes pins or tweezers, your child is strengthening the hand muscles used for cutting and also fine-tuning their hand-eye coordination skills.

Helpful Tips:


It may be helpful to start with just a few cards and add more as your child masters the game. After he/she is able to sort all pom-poms by themselves, you can start asking them to place each individual color. As an example, when all the cards are placed on floor/table and the bowl of pom poms is available, simply ask your child to start with red to see if he/she can distinguish the color.


To reinforce color recognition, make your trip to the grocery store a learning experience…..

Simply have your child point out anything in the store that is red, i.e. apples, soup cans, tomatoes, various packages, clothing, etc.

Each time you visit your local store, choose a new color!


Shape Boxes

I found this on someone’s blog and I love it….

Shape Boxes

(Boxes Can Be Modified for Colors)

I made these boxes after trying to think of a way to introduce my baby to shapes. Lakeshore has a product similar to this for $5o

but I just made mine with stuff I had laying around the house. I like this idea because she can put her hands on it and also it relates shapes to the real world. Outside of school, there are not many times when she is going to have to point out a 2 dimensional shape on a piece of paper. I hope it will show her that shapes are a part of everyday life. Since she is only 12 months old, I am not trying to drill anything into her. I just let her open the boxes and play with the contents as she pleases. Like in this picture, she took the sponge and pretended she was scrubbing the box :). While she plays I talk to her about the shape. For example, I will say, “that yellow sponge is a rectangle, you can tell because it has four sides. Two sides are long, two sides are short”. In the rectangle box I put a stamp, a sponge, an old id card (which she loves because it has a picture of Daddy on it), a plastic brownie, and two cardboard boxes that came in a play food set she got for her birthday.

In the circle box I put a plastic plate, a small compact mirror, a cd, a butter tub lid, a plastic quarter, and a few plastic food items: an orange, a pie, a pancake and two doughnuts. In the square box I put a washcloth, a plastic building block, a plastic waffle, a small board book and a square pot holder. In the triangle box (the most pathetic box) I put two slices of plastic pizza. I really can’t think of much more to put in there for a triangle. I was thinking a hanger maybe, but it won’t fit in there. I plan to add more items in the future, as I come across them.

You could use this same concept for colors.