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We love the children’s book, Aliens In Underpants! Earlier in the year we shared how we learned about meteors and recreated a scene from this book in our back garden. Now that the weather is cooling down, you may be looking for something to keep your children occupied indoors, and this Underpants Matching Game could be just the thing!
This matching game is simple for toddlers, but you can make it more challenging for older children as well.
I had my husband help in make the props for this game, and his sense of humour snuck in. He and tristan were to cut pairs of underwear shapes from various pieces of paper. There were some pairs that were the same colour so they put some designs on them to add an extra element to the game. We laminated the pieces so they would last longer in small hands.
To play this game in the most simple fashion we took a few pairs of underpants and put them on the floor as we sat around them. The children took turns finding a matching pair of underpants. As they become more competent at matching, we added more pairs of underpants to the pile at the beginning. The day I took these photos (a year after making the game) it was a lovely fall day so we moved outside to play.
We made our own clothesline by stringing some string around two chairs and using a mix of regular and mini-sized clothespins.
We used lots of praise and encouragement as they were learning how this game worked.
To enhance this game for older children, or as your little one grows and learns, you can hide the underpants around the room and have an element of hide and seek to it.
For those children who are learning their numbers, letters, or sight words you can use more underpants that look the same, and they have to match up the target words, etc. This is made easy by using a dry-erase marker over the laminated underpants.
If you want to turn this into a race or personal-best competition, set a timer and see how many matching pairs your child can find before the alarm sounds.
Another fun and frugal matching game is to have your children help match socks after you’ve done the laundry…have you tried this?
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