Rainbow Bear Matching Game

Rainbow bears, rainbow bears everywhere! That’s the motto at our house lately. My 2-year-old just can’t get enough of them. Whether it’s color sorting, dumping and putting back or just lining them up, he just absolutely adores these wonderful manipulatives.

I shared the printable that this Rainbow Bear Matching Game is based on last week: Rainbow Bear Colors Mat. Read below how I used it for this activity!

 

Everything rainbow bears gets my toddler's attention immediately. He LOVED this super simple Rainbow Bear Matching Game I made from a color sorting printable I offer. Great for working on colors and color words in tot school!

(N was 2 years and 1 month old.)

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Materials for Rainbow Bear Matching Game

 

I simply printed the printable twice. I left one copy intact and used my paper cutter to cut the second copy into 6 more or less equally sized cards with one rainbow bear on each. I just eyeballed it, and the cards aren’t exactly the same size, but it’s close enough for me (and N). If you prefer, you can measure and draw cutting lines for better precision.

 

Everything rainbow bears gets my toddler's attention immediately. He LOVED this super simple Rainbow Bear Matching Game I made from a color sorting printable I offer. Great for working on colors and color words in tot school!

 

When N saw the set-up, he went and got his actual rainbow bears ­čÖé

 

Everything rainbow bears gets my toddler's attention immediately. He LOVED this super simple Rainbow Bear Matching Game I made from a color sorting printable I offer. Great for working on colors and color words in tot school!

 

I hadn’t planned on using the real bears for this, but N easily combined them with matching the bears on the cards to the bears on the mat.

 

Everything rainbow bears gets my toddler's attention immediately. He LOVED this super simple Rainbow Bear Matching Game I made from a color sorting printable I offer. Great for working on colors and color words in tot school!

 

The cards were a great size for his hands.

 

Everything rainbow bears gets my toddler's attention immediately. He LOVED this super simple Rainbow Bear Matching Game I made from a color sorting printable I offer. Great for working on colors and color words in tot school!

 

I hadn’t laminated the materials initially, but N got pretty excited, did some of his trademark waving around, and wasn’t exactly gentle with the cards, so I decided to laminate after the fact to keep the cards and mat usable for some time to come.

Because I’d already cut the cards apart before laminating, I ended up leaving a little margin of laminating pouch around each card for extra durability. I don’t usually take that extra step, and it’s really not necessary. If you do decide to leave a margin, make sure to round all of the corners, they can be pretty sharp sometimes.

 

Everything rainbow bears gets my toddler's attention immediately. He LOVED this super simple Rainbow Bear Matching Game I made from a color sorting printable I offer. Great for working on colors and color words in tot school!

 

Is there another use for this Rainbow Bear Colors Mat you can think of? Leave a comment below!

 

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Here are some more awesome activities for kids learning their colors:

Gross Motor Color Game

Color Sorting Beads

Color Matching Car Park

Color Matching with Bottle Caps

Color Sorting Busy Bag by Pleasantest Thing

DIY Egg Carton Color Sort by Powerful Mothering

Color Sorting Sensory Bag by Hands On: As We Grow

 

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