Matching skills are very important. They help develop visual discrimination & concentration skills necessary for reading. Object to Object matching is the first step in Pre-reading skills. It helps in language development & is perfect for young toddlers.
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What you need
- A basket of matching objects – i usually use animals toobs or pretend fruit and vegetables for this activity.
- Take out the objects one at a time, name them and place on a tray.
- Let your kids repeat the names of the object.
- Now take the second set of items and let your kids name each object and match it.
- If your kids do not remember the name, review again.
I used to do this activity with Miss A(3.5)& Miss D(2.5) when they were around 2yrs. D still enjoys this activity. Infact, we did this today. You could introduce this as early as 15 months depending in your kids ability.A & D love to pair up their animals when they pretend play. They come up with stories about each animal family. If they have more of the same animals, the biggest of all becomes dad, the next becomes mom, then comes the baby animals. If we have just two of each, the big one becomes mom and the other baby. 🙂