We all know that matching is a key player for cognition. It literally plays a role in brain development . Puzzles, matching toys and shape sorters are GREAT but let’s real talk for a sec- you can use what you already have around the house .
Household Lid Matching is one of my favorite activity for Nora right now bc the prep is fast, easy and well free! More importantly, it is a functional skill that they need to learn anyways. I usually set this up when I need to start prepping for dinner and all I do is grab a bunch of empty containers and lids (ex- Tupperware, water bottles, pots, etc). I line up the containers and pile up the lids. I show her how to match it up and then... it’s all her! This activity works on so many skills (eye hand coordination, fine motor manipulation, visual memory...) BUT mainly it gives her the opportunity to PROBLEM SOLVE. I love watching her eyes dart back and forth. It’s almost as if you can see her little brain making connections and firing synapses.
Ages: 18-24 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years