Every time I do a learning activity with my almost 4-year-old daughter I’ve noticed lately that my 1 ½ year old daughter has been feeling a little left out.  She starts whining and she certainly doesn’t want to help with her sister’s activity anymore.  So, I decided it was about time Madelyn (my 1 ½ year old) got to do her own fun learning activity!

At this age she has a good vocabulary, can count to 5, and is starting to learn her colors.  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I figured I could whip up a little Valentine’s Day color matching activity for her.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to go but I was willing to try and to tell you the truth I was surprisingly happy with the results.  Madelyn was also very happy and my 4-year-old was so excited to help teach her little sister all about color matching.  It was defiantly a win for everyone.

Ok, I know you’re excited to get started! So, here we go…………………………..


Directions: First, you will want to print out the Valentine’s Day Color Matching Activity Printable.  Then cut out the colored hearts that do not have the color words on them.  After that I laminated the mat and hearts so that we could do this activity again.  Laminating it is optional.  I put the color matching mat on the floor first and my 4-year-old daughter told my younger daughter the colors.  Then I gave Madelyn the hearts I had cut out.  I showed her how to match the hearts to the correct color and then let her try one on her own.  After a few times she started to understand and matched all the colors.

How did my daughter do with this activity

I thought Madelyn did great on this activity!  My expectations were not that high considering this was her very first real learning activity.  I took just a few times showing her how to match the color for her to get it.  She actually liked it so much we played it 3 times!


What is she learning during this activity

  • color recognition
  • matching
  • object classification
  • following directions
  • hand eye coordination

My daughter LOVED this activity and it was a great way to start helping her learn her colors.  Have your toddler do this Valentine’s Day Color Matching Activity and they’ll learn to love color matching too!



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