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Awesome Toddler Matching Activities using Cars

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Here is an awesome toddler matching game that the kids really love! I love when you can included toys within the learning process of crafts. The crafts tend to last much longer and they are often more enjoyable in general!

If you’re like me, you are constantly looking for free, fun, and easy ways to help your toddler stay active and happy. If you throw in a little bit of educational learning time then you score bonus points.

That is why I was ecstatic when this easy toy car garage project was completed at no cost. All the materials used were found in my home, so I will share how this particular project turned out. But honestly, you can be as creative as you want and go as big or small as you want.

Make sure to check out my other fun learning activities including toilet paper crafts,  and Fine motor counting activities as well! Also, head on over to Pinterest and follow me for daily update craft ideas!

Car Garage Number Matching

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Materials

As I mentions before, I basically used materials I found around the house!

  1. An old pizza box

2. A second empty box

3. Brown paper

4. Duct tape

5. Markers

6. Alphabet and/or number stickers (or paper and clear tape)

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Instructions

First, if you are using an enclosed box, you will want to cut the top off of the box. Next, if the box needs it, you will tape up any sides that are lose. Next, I decided to duct tape the cardboard paper on the bottom of the pizza box and also duct tape the sides. This was purely for aestheticsI just wanted to cover up the pizza signs. 🙂

Next, you can cut out an opening square out of the box to allow cars to “roll in” and you can even attach a separate “VIP” garage with duct tape as shown in the first picture at the top of this post. Haha!

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Number Match

Next, I used a black marker to make parking space lines and draw numbers and letters on each parking space. I then used the stickers I had laying around to match those numbers and letters to corresponding cars.

Let’s Play!

Depending on how old your toddler is, you may need to show them how it works. With my son, I rolled the cars in through the openings and “drove” the cars to the corresponding number and/or letter parking spots. Before I knew it, he was having fun on his own! Does your toddler love cars or matching?  Please share below!

 

If your toddler is just starting out with matching, here is a great video to help them learn the concept.

I hope you enjoyed this Car matching game activity post and it gave you some great ideas!

Please comment below and let me know some activities you do to keep your kids entertained! I would love to see some additional ideas!

Also check out my posts on a great shape sorting activity and popsicle stick crafts for more fun ideas!

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This Awesome Toddler Matching Activities Using Cars and a DIY Garage is Super Easy to Make and Your Toddler will Enjoy this Activity Over and Over again.
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  • Doug Arthur

    This is a really great idea! My grandson has the cars for it. And maybe it will keep them in one place instead of all over the house. I think I’m going to order a pizza tonight and get started.

  • Brandon

    Oh wow. I can’t use this since my kids are past this stage. However, my sister has a toddler, so this is definitely something that we can use and benefit from. I highly agree with you too, I enjoy fun and free games, or games that don’t take too much time to create. As this one only requires 15 minutes of our time, as you clearly outlined, it makes a great choice!

    What a great post, thank you so much for this.

    Kind regards,
    Brandon

  • asmithxu

    This is a great game. I am all for anything that teaches kids how to count and helps them have fun at the same time. This actually seems like a really great exercise for one to one correspondence.

    One thing that I like is that you can really use anything, not just cars. If your kid is into animals, you could do this with animals, for example. Really a fantastic and versatile activity.

  • Diellebee

    This is a great idea Kayla! not only you are doing arts and crafts together with your children but also it’s showing how we can reuse materials, and showing numbers along the way. It also works as storage box for the cars! I’m definitely doing this one with my little one when he’s a bit bigger (hes’ only ten months now). I love your idea, thanks so much for sharing.

  • Energy Kadango

    You have a passion I see. Thanks for sharing this article. Its good to engage and teach our toddlers through these fun games. Matching is one thing they must learn at an early age. I like this matching of cars driving into the marked parkings. You are quite crafty hey. The materials are all available in our homes. Thank you once again

  • Nina

    I really like this idea of recycling materials and using them to process them into something useful and fun. I used to run creative workshops for kids and organize birthday parties, and I also often aspired to reuse and make useful and decorative items.

    Nowadays we produce a lot of waste, so I think it is important to teach children that it is not necessary to throw everything away because many things can be recycled.

    Congratulations on a great idea!

    Greetings,
    Nina

  • philjosh

    I must say this is some really creative thinking. I have two kids with me who loves to play with their toy cars, i think i will have to introduce them to this masterpiece idea of yours, ordering a pizza to start with. I really hope they enjoy it. Thanks for sharing this amazing content here with us.

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