A Fun Color Matching Game

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I’ve been brainstorming about what to do with the 100 wooden toy wheels I have lying around. I seem to have a habit of collecting supplies for projects that I never end up completing (I was originally going to paint the wheels to look like donuts for Jake’s birthday party). Since Jake is car obsessed and I’ve been meaning to find a way to teach colors, I thought why not create a color matching wheel game. Here’s the best part…this toddler activity is cheap and easy!

Color Wheel Matching Game for Kids

How to Make This Color Wheel Match Game at Home

This is a super easy game that you can make for toddlers and preschoolers to help learn color matching. The idea is that your child has to match the correct colored wheels to each vehicle! Matching games like this are a fun, interactive way to teach kids their colors.

1. Gather Paint Chips to Use For Color Matching

Step 1: Look for all the colors in your stash of paint chips or collect a few new ones (FREE is cheap)!
Drawing the car shape onto paint chips

2. Draw or Trace Vehicles With Wheels

Step 2: Draw a car, truck, bike or anything with wheels onto your paint chips. I lucked out and happened to have a car puzzle piece that I just traced, but you could also look online for some free clipart. Outline your drawing with a pen. I used a silver Sharpie.

Painted wooden wheels

3. Paint Wooden Wheels

Step 3: Paint your wooden wheels with acrylic paint. I only did one coat because I have no patience but if you’re really crazy you could do 2 coats of paint and finish it off with a varnish. The picture above was how I let my wheels dry. This image and step really isn’t necessary, I just thought it looked pretty!

Completed car drawings and wooden wheels that will be used for the color matching game

4. Create a Rainbow Color Game

Example of how to play this color matching game - the right colored wheels are added to the cars
Step 4: You have now have 2 options for your rainbow color game. You could glue the paint chips to a board and have a stay at home game. Or, you could hole punch the paint chips, add a ribbon or book ring and create a color book you can take to the restaurant. Add a little bag and now you can bring the wheels too!
If you like this post, you might also enjoy our color garden tic-tac-toe game!
Color Wheels Game for Toddlers

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  1. So sorry – tried to email you but you had a no-reply blogger email. Hope you come back to see that I got the wheels from here http://www.craftparts.com/114-716-wooden-toy-wheels-recessed-hub-p-3756.html?cat_id=189. And the bags are from Paper Source http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Muslin-Bags/3650_042/49683501.html?gclid=CPH6jeaDw7YCFWKCQgode0YAig. You can also find other muslin bags on Amazon or Etsy. Hope this helps!

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