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15 Fun and Free Printable Matching Games to Keep Toddlers Busy

Matching activities and games are a fun first activity for your 2 or 3 year old.  Toddlers will especially love having a game and/or activity all their own.  Foster this early learning skill with your toddler using these printable matching games.  Free, low-prep printables for you... endless fun for them! 

printable matching games for toddlers

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I'm not sure exactly when the fascination started, but my 2 year old has been all about pointing out things that match lately-- in books, clothing, outside in nature... everywhere!

Recognizing things that are the same is an important early learning skill as it develops visual discrimination which will come in handy when learning letters, numbers, etc.  Parents and adults around a little one can foster matching skills through a variety of ways.

One is helping your child make the connection by pointing and voicing that two objects are the same color, shape, size... whatever.

Another way is through play!

Printable Matching Games Free


I love providing hands-on activities and games to help my kiddos learn a certain topic, but heading to the store might not be feasible at the moment (ya know, life happens!) and so I am going to share some matching games that you can print right at home. 

The printable matching games to share and play alongside your toddler are plentiful; from superheroes to letters of the alphabet to matching animals-- enjoy this collection of free matching games to print and play geared towards toddlers.

Superhero Matching Puzzles | School Time Snippets
Calling all superhero fans!  This unique 3 piece matching printable allows your kiddo to create their favorite superhero OR mix and match to create his/her own!

Camp Matching Game Printable | The Crazy Outdoor Mama
Use this adorable camping printable set as a matching activity or sensory activity!

Dinosaur Theme Matching Game | Simple Everyday Mom
This colorful dinosaur matching set also teaches your child dinosaur names.

ABC Letter Find | 123Homeschool4Me
This matching game is a great way to introduce your toddler to letters of the alphabet without overwhelming him/her.

Fruit Matching Games | Life Over C's
Three different matching games- classic memory, clip cards, and cover-up with a colorful fruit theme.

Ice Cream Shape Matching | Totschooling
Your toddler will love matching these friendly faced shapes to complete an ice cream cone-- a great way to introduce colors, too!

Monster Match Printable | Artsy Fartsy Mama
Play a classic game of memory with these not-so-scary, but oh so cute monster printables!

Fossil Sensory Bin | ABC's of Literacy
This unique matching activity develops visual discrimination while adding a fun sensory component!

Fish Count & Match Printable | Preschool Play & Learn
Not yo' mamas classic matching activity!  This fun matching game works on 1:1 number recognition with delicious goldfish crackers.

Simple Matching Worksheets | Planes and Balloons
These cute workbook-like pages would be a great dinner time distraction!

Alphabet Matching Puzzles | Childhood 101
An older toddler or preschool sibling can work on letter and sound recognition with these simple alphabet puzzles.

Vehicle Shadow Matching | Free Printable Worksheets for Kids
Match colorful construction vehicles to its shadow-- a simple matching printable for little ones.

Pineapple Emotions Matching Game | Simple Fun for Kids
Oh these pineapple emotions cards are too cute!  Here is a great way to develop social emotional skills with toddlers.

Dinosaur Matching Game Printable | Homeschool Preschool
Dinosaur lovers will enjoy these playful visual discrimination printables.

Mickey Colors Memory Game | Momorails & Magic
Introduce color matching with this simple memory game.


free matching game printables for toddlers


These matching game printables can be used one-on-one with a family member, or used solo.  They may also make a great portable game to take on a picnic or while waiting somewhere.

However you choose to use any of these printable matching games, have fun and recognize your child is developing an important skill.

Looking for some hands-on matching activities?!!  Check these out:

  • Teach little ones to recognize the letters in his/her name with this clothespin name activity.  Your toddler will match a letter on a clothespin to one on a popsicle stick.  Great for fine motor skills, too! 




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