If I had to choose only 1 type of toy for my son to play, it would, without question, be matchbox cars. He spends hours each day playing with them – and much of that play includes “lining them up”. I decided it would be fun to create a game based on his current passion, and of course – share it with you.
First, print out “car”d template (1 sheet will yield 10 cards). I purposefully left the boxes in the template blank – so that you could fill them in based on the colors of cars that you have in your household (or create more cards). Next, have your child help you color, then cut the “car”ds (we mounted ours on construction paper to make them a little more durable – laminating or printing on card stock will also help them last a little longer).
To play the game: Gather all of your cars and sort according to color. Place a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper on the floor in front of the “car”ds. Take turns choosing a “car”d, then position the cars on the sheet of paper according to the pattern/colors on the “car”d. After each turn, the player must place their cars back in the “parking lot”.
This game provided us with an easy opportunity to talk about colors, practice counting. It was also a good way to test his understanding of directional words (to the left of, on top of, under, etc..).
Is there someone residing in your house who would love to play this game as well? Download “Car”d Game template HERE.
If you like this idea, you’ll also like the “Parking Spot Matching” Car Game that Kristina featured last year:
Book Spotlight: Do you ever wish your kids liked vegetables a bit more?
Children’s author Sahar Bergis has written an adorable book called Lili’s Strawberry House that teaches kids about vegetables. We have been using it to get my son excited about eating his veggies! Next week we’ll be sharing a few book related activities with you! If you haven’t seen the book before, you can check out more information here.
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