Toddler Activities: DIY Colour Matching Puzzle

More adventures from my continuing mission to wean Hercules off his “screen time”… If I’m going to keep him away from the screen, then I need activities that will keep him busy. To add more variety to my Montessori Busy Box, I made these for him today:

Colour Matching Activity

Playing Instructions:

  • Match the coloured felt squares to their respective colours on the card.
  • Trace over the textured letters that spell each colour with a finger.

Reinforces colour matching, colour names, reading and spelling.


  • Cardboard
  • Glitter Glue
  • Coloured Felt Squares
  • Velcro (hook and loop)
  • Glue
  • Stencil
  • Scissors
  • Pen, pencil and ruler


  1. Cut two same-size squares of felt from each colour.
  2. Stick one of each felt square colour to the cardboard.
  3. Write out the colour of the felt square using the stencil.
  4. Follow the stencil outline with glitter glue.
  5. Cut little squares of velcro. Stick the rough side to the cardboard and the smooth side to the back of the other felt square.
  6. Let it dry.

You could do the same activity using other subjects – fruits, animals, musical instruments, etc. Instead of felt squares, you could use pictures.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

24 thoughts on “Toddler Activities: DIY Colour Matching Puzzle

    1. Oh dang! Too much US influence! Argh! :-p

      Thanks for the correction. I always thought it was the other way around – grey is US and gray is UK. I grew up learning “gray”, too. How odd…


  1. Shenli,

    If not mistaken you have made a set of colors flash cards which I think is far more creative that you can let Hercules pick up that challenge. I personally feel you should also include azure, violet etc. From my understanding, if the child likes numbers and music, then colors appear easy, of course what I meant here is never ever dumb down his ability to know, never afraid he wont know more than the usual ones.


    1. FZ – I realise that the colours I did are actually very easy and simple. To be honest, it is me being lazy to create the more complicated ones because it takes a lot of time. I think I will start with flash cards first. I already started on a set of white, pink and red shades. More to come… It will be good for me too since I don’t know my shades either!


  2. Oh, I’m very sure I downloaded from your resources, because that was the first I found a bit challenging to V back then, because you too included azure, violet, mahogany, copper, gold, yellow, lavender, emerald, green and many more, all are quite similar yet distinctive, I like to use this way to challenge young child besides the usual colors such as red, black, white and also the new vocabularies on colors….. I believe H may find it something new and fresh yet excited to colors.


    1. Oh, I remember those. I took them from Doman’s word list. I found more through Wiki which I feel is more complete but I didn’t use all. I’ve uploaded the ones I made to my general knowledge flash card page already.

      I will have to print the others out. Hubby says he will get me a printer for our new place – it will save me hassling him to print things out for me at the office.


  3. Yes, printer is a MUST have thing. Shy to tell, back then my computer skill was lousy, even with printer yet I had no idea how to make power point or flash cards until my brother told me so……that’s why I used flash cards substantially only last year, when V was 4, how naive I was.


  4. But I can’t find your colours flash cards you had downloaded. Mind to tell where you hid ? :). Too forgot to tell, if you want my historians flash cards, don’t mind to forward, all information from wiki too.


  5. I read the list of colours in wikipedia itself, wow, very very chanleenging, because the colours are very simialr, now I am wondering if my PRINTER could generate exactly the same colors as Wikipedia. Can anyone give ideas what I should use, laser printer or the jet-ink?


  6. Hi Shenli,

    I think the issue now is with the IPad, no problem to view from normal PC.

    While checking list of colours in Wikipedia, spotted “Amaranth”- in your Colours-White-Shades is too diversed from the list of colours in the Simple English Wikipedia. I can’t check further bc PC keep troubling me.

    Anyways, thanks to highlight the resources in your blog and the ones in Wikipedia.


  7. I bought a Fellowes laminator from Czip Lee bookstore (outside Bangsar Village). 2 years warranty, very fast warm up time. I mainly use the hot laminating function. It can get really hot, so need to use thick laminating pouches. And switch off when not in use. Else it can melt the pouch.

    My previous laminator was from Popular bookstore, about half the price but broke down after being lightly used.

    And I bought A4 pouches from Popular bookstore. Czip Lee has 1-2 types, but the price varies a lot.


  8. Hi MieVee,

    Wish to check if you have any idea where to get small abacus with 7 rods only, don’t mind if it is colored or plastic. Please advise.


  9. Yeah, thanks. Czip Lee doesnt have. I have checked out again with Global Maths, they can help place order BUT in 2 weeks time,…….. can’t wait for 2 weeks. Next time when you stumble any smaller-size abacus and if you too wish to let your child learning abacus at tender age, then my advice, ” BUY FIRST AND USE LATER”. Because the regular size is tiring to the young child’s hands and back for having to hold the abacus with no place to place hands properly on the desk, worse, slower her speed of maneuvering the beads.


  10. FZ & Shen-Li: regarding the Wikipedia list of colours: even the site mention that the colours we see on the screen may not be accurate because it depends on our monitors! Ha…

    This reminds me that Montessori has colour swatches for different hues.

    Also, can get the catalogues from house paint brands to see the different hues. Another option is getting colour swatches from fabric shops. I’ve seen both types before and the range of colours is always fascinating.


  11. Good chance to get them since you’re getting the new house ready. I scoured through them when renovating the house previously. The shades of whites got me a hard time choosing!

    Then we went through the fabric colour swatches when choosing fabrics for wedding outfits. Again, hard time choosing. Haha!


    1. Mie Vee – Yup! I’m working on getting more hands-on materials for the kids. Still holding back for now because we have the move coming up and still very limited space here. Very excited to start the Montessori program with Karen – thanks so much for introducing me!


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