DIY MATCHING GAME

23/04/2015

Matching games make great learning activities for little ones that are not only fun to play but also perfect for practicing memory recall as well as compare and contrast skills. We recently made a simple-to-sew fabric matching game inspired by a project featured on the lovely PURL BEE site to keep little Bou busy. I’ve been a bit under the weather lately so anything that keeps her amused and entertained at the moment is an absolute winner in my books!

 

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The game already proved a real hit with Bou as she was totally fascinated with all the different fabric patterns and colour combinations of all the patches. We adapted the original tutorial and created a set of 30 3-inch by 3-inch fabric matching patches making it a great little scrap buster project. Time to raid your stash and get snipping and stitching!

 

YOU WILL NEED

30 x 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch square fabric patches

30 x 3 inch by 3 inch square felt patches

Matching thread

 

MAKING

You will need to cut out x 30 fabric squares in total, so choose 15 different fabric prints from your stash and cut x 2 of each. We made a little cardboard template to help make sure we cut out all our squares neat and even.

 

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Next cut out x 30 felt squares – these are slightly larger on all sides than your fabric patches. Again we used a rotary cutter and an omnigrid ruler for easy cutting and precision.

 

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Once all your fabric squares and felt patches have been cut out, pin each fabric patch right side up and centred onto a corresponding felt square.

 

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Sew them together by securing each fabric patch into position on top of the felt squares using a machine zig zag stitch. Repeat for all 30 squares.

 

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Now you have all your fabric patches ready to go, you will need something to store them in to keep them together for future playtime. We made a simple fabric drawstring bag for our set (unfortunately I didn’t have time to photograph this step-by-step) but you could also use something you already have at home.

 

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To play all you have to do is have your little one find and match two identical fabric patches as quickly as possible. This is a fairly opened ended sort of activity and with a little imagination all sorts of games can be thought up using just these simple fabric squares.

 

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But best of all, matching games can be played both on their own or with any number of players making it an all-round awesome activity to keep little hands and minds busy in purposeful play. Happy Matching!

 

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