Color Recognition
Peg People Color Matching Game - 7 Days of Play

Learn Colors with Peg People

This simple color matching game with peg people is a great way for toddlers to learn colors! Plus, it is a budget-friendly activity that can be set up in seconds!

I love being able to create easy-to-set-up activities, especially if toddlers and young kids complete it quickly!

Plus, this colorful piece of cardboard can now be used time and time again whether playing with peg people, cars, or other colorful objects found around the house!

Where Open-Ended Peg People Collide with Color Recognition

After my kiddo was able to complete the color matching activity, the set up evolved into the most wonderful imaginative play! Peg people are such a great open-ended play item and one of the most treasured toys in our collection!

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Watch the Video to See How to Learn Colors and Spark Imaginative Play with Peg People

My girl (26 months) impressed me with her ability to swiftly match the colors on this DIY puzzle – distinguishing from the light and dark shades too! It is such a great way to learn colors using objects you have at home.

Even though she completed the puzzle quickly, when she was done, the most magical thing happened — it sparked  an independent, imaginative play!  Watch to see what I mean!

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Watch the Video to See the Peg People Game

My girl (26 months) impressed me with her ability to swiftly match the colors on this DIY puzzle – distinguishing from the light and dark shades too! It is such a great way to learn colors using objects you have at home.

Even though she completed the puzzle quickly, when she was done, the most magical thing happened — it sparked  an independent, imaginative play!  Watch to see what I mean!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make Your Own DIY Puzzle to Learn Colors

It truly doesn’t get easier than this! Just grab some paper, or cardboard if you want more durability! We always have an abundance of cardboard, so you’ll often see us using it. I personally love how strong it is, plus it doesn’t cost me anything extra!

When coloring on cardboard, I love using tempera paint sticks. They roll on like a crayon, are vibrant like paint, but dry in seconds! Truly an amazing art supply that I suggest everyone have in their craft box! Whenever I use regular paint on cardboard it ends up drying in really dull colors!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a piece of paper or cardboard make marks for each color you want to match. I made circles so the peg dolls could fit right inside;

Step 2

Make a black outline around your color to give it an extra pop!

 

Step 3

Set up your colorful objects for matching. We used peg dolls which I highly recommend because they are such a versatile open ended toy!

Step 1

On a piece of paper or cardboard make marks for each color you want to match. I made circles so the peg dolls could fit right inside;

Step 2

Make a black outline around your color to give it an extra pop!

Step 3

Set up your colorful objects for matching. We used peg dolls which I highly recommend because they are such a versatile open ended toy!

Educational Benefits of this Color Matching Puzzle

It is important for toddlers and young kids to learn colors! Color recognition is an essential for cognitive development and readiness for preschool. Learning the different names of colors enhances a child’s language skills, preparing them for the ability to communicate.

The ability to sort, match, and make patterns is another important skill in early childhood. They are the fundamentals of early math. These types of activities provide children a hands on way to develop the cognitive skill of distinguishing whether something is the same or different.

Educational Benefits of this Color Matching Puzzle

It is important for toddlers and young kids to learn colors! Color recognition is an essential for cognitive development and readiness for preschool. Learning the different names of colors enhances a child’s language skills, preparing them for the ability to communicate.

The ability to sort, match, and make patterns is another important skill in early childhood. They are the fundamentals of early math. These types of activities provide children a hands on way to develop the cognitive skill of distinguishing whether something is the same or different.

Top Toys to Learn Colors

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy to learn colors!

Wooden Peg Dolls

These wooden peg dolls are beautifully made, vibrant, and multi-cultural! 

These are what we used in our activity!

Color Sorting Rainbow

This hand-crafted wooden color sorting rainbow is so beautifully made, and great for fine motor in addition to color recognition!

Count and Color Match Houses

This fun set includes 5 houses and 15 counting people. A great way to learn colors and count, while sparking imaginative play!

Stack and Sort

This fun puzzle is all about shape and color recognition. Stacking the pieces through the peg is great for fine motor skill development too!

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