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Homemade Educational Games for Toddlers

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Toddlers love to play and making games that are also educational is a great way to make that play even more valuable, as well as, fun. This is a guide about homemade educational games for toddlers.


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April 19, 20072 found this helpful


  • 1 baking (muffin) tin (an old one works great!)
  • *12 magnets (four each in red, yellow, and blue)
  • 1 package hook and loop tape or recloseable plastic mounting strip.( Like Velcro brand)


Attach the hook and loop to the back of the tin and hang it at kid level. Place one magnet in each cup. Help your toddler arrange them so the each colour is all together in line. Then mix them up and do it again. I find that my toddler will spend a lot of time mixing them up, then want some help to put them right. This could easily be adapted to be animals (mammals, fish, and birds) or foods (vegetables, fruits, and grains) or whatever suits your family.

If you don't happen to have a surplus of magnets lying around you can easily make your own with magnetic tape from the craft store. Simply cut to the size you need and glue to found objects. Old game pieces, buttons, small toys, etc. all work great!

By Red Molly from Seattle, WA

Editor's Note: Because magnets could be a choking hazard to the little ones, make sure that they are large enough so this is not a problem.

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April 21, 20070 found this helpful

What a great idea! Not only is your game appealing, but it provides an inexpensive educational source for preschoolers to recognize colors. You could also introduce the skill of "patterning" this way by showing the toddler how to make a color pattern -red, blue, red, blue, etc.

Really cute!


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February 20, 2009

Teach your kids colors by letting them choose a little bit of food coloring for their baths. With a regular box of blue, green, yellow and red, you can make a lot of colors. It helps them learn not only colors, but which colors mixed together make other colors. It also makes bathtime fun, and it doesn't stain the tub or the kids.


By Katherine from Wenatchee, WA

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February 20, 20090 found this helpful

I've been doing this for years first with my grandson and now with his little sister when they visit. We've explored with many combinations and they absolutely love it! Right now his favorite is "pond water" where we just mix all the colors together and it ends up looking just like dirty pond water. What little boy wouldn't love getting clean in a "pond"!

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