This easy DIY color matching game for toddlers is a clever way to practice color recognition and words, and it’s adaptable to different ages and skill levels!
Rainbow Wheel Color Matching Game for Toddlers
Colors are one of the first things my youngest daughter enjoyed “officially” learning — she delighted in pointing out her favorites and letting us know that she recognized them.
This color matching game is an easy way for toddlers to learn to identify colors. You can also use this color wheel with preschoolers to teach not only color matching, but reading and recognizing the accompanying color words too.
The best part about this color matching craft is that it requires only the most basic supplies that you might already have around the house. (If you’re missing anything, I’ve linked to the supplies on Amazon so you can easily find them).
Color Wheel Supply List
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How to make this easy DIY color matching game for toddlers
First, gather a selection of 8 different colored markers. We used permanent markers so the colors would stay fast, but if a child is helping to make this craft, you might want to use washable markers instead.
Color the clip end of each clothespin in a different color – one color for each of your 8 clothespins.
Use a pencil to divide your paper plate into 8 sections (it doesn’t have to be exact, but feel free to measure if you like).
Color each section on the outside rim of the plate a different color. These sections will correspond to the colors on your clothespins.
On the middle of the plate, write each color’s name next to the section you colored in on the plate’s rim.
To play, ask your child to clip each clothespin to the section of plate with the same color.
There are so many ways to use the color wheel! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Ask your child clip each clothespin to the section on the plate that corresponds with that same color.
- Practice pointing out and saying the color words with preschool age kids and beginning readers.
- Shuffle the clothespins and clip them all to the plate on non-matching sections. Ask your child to fix the clothespins so they are aligned with the correct colors.
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More of our favorite educational kids activities:
Slime is one of our favorite simple science and sensory play activities to do at home. Since my daughter was two when we started making slime, I created quite a few taste-safe slimes as alternatives to the glue and borax-based varieties. See our favorites here: How to Make Slime that’s Safe for Kids (No Glue, No Borax)
Our Dinosaur Discovery Pop Up Eggs are another fun recognition activity for kids and beginning readers! Free printable flashcards are included with this craft tutorial.