Sweet Pea is 4 years old.
From: This easy activity was from The Activity Mom. (Her site has a whole bunch of fantastic ideas and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet.)
Note: We used simple Christmas words for this activity, but you could also draw shapes for younger tots, use upper and lower case letters, numbers or even match foreign language and English words for older kids.
Prerequisite: If you have never played a matching game with your tot, you should try a beginner style game of matching before you add the “memory” component that is required for this activity.
- 30 Hershey’s Kisses.
- 30 Round (.75 inch) Labels. (We found ours at Target in the office supply section. The circle stickers work perfectly, but in a pinch you could use pieces of masking tape).
- Fine-Tipped Sharpie.
- Think up 15 words (letters, numbers, shapes, etc) that you would like your tot to learn.
- Write or draw the same item on 2 different stickers.
- Help your tot stick all of the labels to the bottom of each Hershey’s Kiss. Read the word (or letter, number, shape, etc) out loud as your tot sticks it onto the Kiss.
- Set the Hershey’s Kisses upright on a table so the bottoms are hidden.
- Take turns flipping over 2 Kisses at a time and reading the words on the bottom.
- Whoever makes a match “wins” the pair of Kisses and gets to go again.
- Play until all of the Kisses have been won.
Sweet Pea absolutely loved this game.
Sweet Pea is just starting to recognize some easy words, so I was worried that this might be a bit too difficult for her, but she was so motivated to win her next pair of Hershey’s Kisses that I don’t think she even noticed she was reading.
This activity would suit a wide range of ages depending on what is written on the labels so I would highly recommend this activity for all tots and children.
Notes from the Trenches: After we were done, we put all the kisses in a candy bowl to be eaten by the whole family, but I can imagine some tots may have difficulty parting with their “winnings”.
Rating: 3 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Frugal)