A color matching mat activity from Francis is the perfect way to practice with your toddler!
Color matching activities are very popular at our house because they look so pretty!
Nathan has been recognizing more and more colors now, so this activity is a great practice for him. The buttons added a fine motor challenge.
This color matching mat activity was tricky enough to keep him interested, but not too difficult to discourage him. The perfect balance for active kids!
Oh, and it put my non-slip rubber mat to good use, too!
There are lots of ways to make learning colors a lot of fun!
How to DIY your color matching mat:
– Non-slip rubber mat (or fabric)
– Felt (you can use fabric here, too!)
I decided to cut the felt into different geometric shapes. Feel free to cut the felt in any way you prefer.
I found that having them in shapes did double duty: matching colors and teaching shapes.
I chose 6 different colored buttons and matched them with the colors of my felt shapes.
Cut your non-slip mat into a rectangle. It should be big enough to have all your felt pieces spread out on it at once.
Next, you’ll attach the buttons to your non-slip mat. Make sure that you can still place all your felt pieces on the mat at once.
Nathan helped me with this part by cutting the thread for the buttons. He just loves it when I say I need his help!
The last part was cutting a slit in the middle of each felt shape so the buttons could go through them.
Now for the best part: playing!
I gave Nathan the color matching mat and the felt shapes and asked him if he could find the button for each shape. I was surprised at how well he managed to match the colors!
Discovering how to make the button go through the slip seemed to be exciting for him, so that was great.
I would call out the names of the shapes for him to match. You could describe each shape to give hints.
The only one he knows is the heart shape and I’m sure that big sis is responsible for teaching him that. She loves her hearts!
Make heart art with love crafts.
After all the felt pieces were in place on the color matching mat, I asked him if he could remove the shapes from their buttons.
More fun fine motor work for those cute little fingers!
The non-slip rubber mat is brilliant because you can roll it up when you’re done and store it away until next time!