Where's my mummy matching card gameIn yesterday’s 30 days to hands on play post about stickers I let on that J had created his own game – this is the first time he has done anything like this and it’s such a proud mummy moment. He noticed when we were sorting out the stickers for the farm picture that we made that there were 2 different sizes of animal stickers – a mummy and a baby animal. Using that he said we could find the mummy and thinking on my feet we cut up some card and had fun sticking the animals on and then we played Where’s my mummy with J and T.

What you need to make the where’s my mummy game

Animal pictures of a mummy animal and a baby – we used foam stickers
If you are using pictures you will need some glue
Pen to write the animal names on them.

How we made the where’s my mummy farm animal matching game

peeling sticker backs helps fine motor development
J practiced his fine motor skills peeling off the back of stickers

I started by cutting a couple of pieces of card into small sections (it was very spur of the moment so some of the cards aren’t the same size as others). J and I then peeled off the backs of the stickers – he did really well peeling off a few of the stickers but then found it a bit too much of a challenge and handed me each one after telling me what the animal was and the noise it made with “Mummy take off back please”.

Toddler sticking
J stuck each animal to a separate card

Onto each card that I had cut J stuck a single animal. He was very proud of his animal cards and asked me to write the  animals names on the cards – he then “wrote” over a few with his crayons as he wanted to be like Mummy.

Matching mummy and baby animal card game
Our matching card game

We moved away from the table and set up by cards on the floor. T sat down with us as well. With J I asked him to find the mummy horse, sheep, dog etc…. and then to find the baby animal, foal, lamb, puppy etc…. *you will notice on some of the cards I have the same name for the baby animal as the adult as we haven’t got around to the name for those specific baby animal names yet*. With T we played it “Mummy has a horse can you find a horse” and I would show her the horse and she would then try to hunt for the horse among the cards.

Matching pairs gameI feel very proud as J created the game himself – we haven’t done any matching games with him as he hasn’t had the patience before to play them but creating his own game he’s very eager to play.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


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