I couldn’t believe how easy this game was to create, and how much fun the children had playing with it.
I had no pre-plans in making it. The idea struck me as I looked through some items at the Dollar Tree for a gift we were putting together for a needy child in our community. As we walked down the isles, I was fascinated by the different decorations and my mind was flooded with lots of sensory games we could put together. That is really a great store to get affordable supplies to enhance your learning adventure.
Here is one of our new Christmas games:
Christmas Matchup Sensory Game
It cost me $12 to make two games, and I had lots of leftovers, including lots of other characters like polar bears, reindeer, stars, ornaments, and more, that I can create another game with.
Once I got home and put it all together I realized I could have put the games together for $8 or $4 each, and still had some leftover. But now, I have lots of leftovers to figure out what to do next. I think another game is in the near future.
Christmas Tags = $1 for 50 I purchased 2 each of 4 different variety packs. I could have purchased only two varieties, and had plenty. For example, I ended up with 6 different santa’s, and four different snowmen, and three different Christmas trees.
Christmas Tray with four compartments = $1 I purchased 2.
Expandable Envelope to store game in = $1 I purchased 2.
This game is great because each of the tags are cut out of card stock, and shaped differently. There are a variety of characters that are all santa, or all snowmen. So it takes some discernment and paying attention. Also they are layered in texture with paints, and grit, and glitter. So touching them is fun and sensory oriented. They are brightly colored to, so they are pleasing to the eye.
It was great fun for our toddler, who thought every compartment needed a santa, even though he also understood to match them into the right compartment. It is interesting, because he is very exact, and wants everything in its proper place. You should hear him get onto his big brothers if they forget to put their shoes away! But he is also very independent, and he is really funny, and likes to think up his own games too. Here he was showing me that santa could fit into the other holes so they all looked like santa.
Our preschooler loved this game. She spent a long time matching the right tag into the right compartment, and feeling the different textures on the cards. As soon as she had filled the tray, she was ready to dump them out and start again. And again. And again….
Even the older kids got in on the action. We have a kindergartner, second grader, and fourth grader who all played with the game too.
Great game to also have a Christmas Matchup Racing Game.
Have two players compete to match their cards into the correct compartment, accurately, the fastest.
My boys are very competitive with each other. So this game is a hit.
Another way to use the cards is to have the kids practice tracing or drawing them depending on their skill level.
Stay tuned for additional games and activities we create using these supplies. I wonder how many different ways we can benefit in practicing our skills from this $12 investment?
Please leave a comment and share what you’ve been up to at your house.
What games are you playing with during December?
What other ways can you think of to use the left over Christmas tag cards?