Toy Tool Match-up: A Matching Activity for Toddlers

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If you’re like me, you’ve got way too many toy tools lying around.  If I have to put away one more toy bolt… or is it a nut?  Whatever.  The point is that today I found a good use for these toys  – I turned them into a matching activity for toddlers.

When my older kids were younger I would trace cookie cutters and other common objects onto a blank file folder.  Then they would match the objects to their tracings.  I was reminded of this when I saw this post from Happy Hooligans.  Since we’re learning about the letter T, I decided to make a tool tracing for my Two.

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First I traced each tool in pencil.  Then I removed the tools and went over the lines with permanent marker.

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Then my Two matched all the tools to their tracings.  This was very easy for him (he’s almost three).  But his younger brother is just 14 months old, so we don’t quite have a qualified toddler in the house.  This would probably be just right for an older One or young Two.

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Just a few minutes later, he was done.  He loved this — and if you name the tools as you go (making sure to get the nut/bolt distinction right — I’ve got it now), it’s a great vocabulary builder too.

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Comments

  1. I love it! The idea of using the same type of toy, and making it a theme puzzle is great! Thanks for mentioning us in your post. :)
    jackie @ happy hooligans recently posted…Building block challengeMy Profile

  2. annageig says:

    Thanks so much for coming by to see it, Jackie! And thanks for the term “theme puzzle” – I have a great name for it now :)

  3. This is fun! My kiddos would love it :) Thank you for sharing with us at Share It Saturday!
    Sugar Aunts recently posted…Peep PopcornMy Profile

  4. Very cute idea!
    Katie @ Gift of Curiosity recently posted…Glue monstersMy Profile

  5. Wow, what a great idea! So fun!!
    Amy recently posted…Defining gross motor and fine motor skillsMy Profile

  6. Kristina @ SchoolTimeSnippets says:

    Super easy and fun idea!! I’ll have to do something similar for my tot soon!

  7. LOVE this! I did a similar matching game with household objects, but my little man will adore this! Visiting from TGIF!

  8. I love this! Such a great idea. I love that you used REAL materials and not just printables.
    Allison recently posted…The Sunday Showcase – Things That GO!My Profile

  9. Oh great idea: just letting you know I’ve featured this on The Sunday Showcase

    http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/04/06/the-sunday-showcase-toddler-activities.html
    Rebecca from Here come the girls recently posted…The Gruffalo Craft ActivityMy Profile

  10. I love this idea! This is just like making a puzzle, but with stuff around the house! What a great idea. I love that you used it for “Letter T”! So much fun!
    Blayne recently posted…“Having a Ball” WeekMy Profile

    • annageig says:

      Thank you, Blayne — sometimes the simplest ideas get the most attention! The tricky part, of course, is thinking of them :)

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