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.
(N was 2 years and 1 month old.)
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Materials for Rainbow Bear Matching Game
- Rainbow Bear Colors Mat printable pdf file.
- 2 sheets of paper. Heavier paper is better, unless you laminate. Honestly, you’ll probably want to laminate regardless, unless you have the most gentle toddler ever 😉
- Laminating pouches.
- Paper cutter or scissors.
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.
When N saw the set-up, he went and got his actual rainbow bears 🙂
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.
The cards were a great size for his hands.
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.
Is there another use for this Rainbow Bear Colors Mat you can think of? Leave a comment below!
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