Busy Bag to Teach your Toddler Colors

On a busy day it’s nice to not just have something fun to do for your little, but something to teach them as well! I have seen a lot of people use paint chip games in their busy bags, but today I’ll share my own variation on a paint chip matching game.

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Making the Game

Making this game is pretty simple, first start with your paint chips. The paint chips I got were quite long and had several different shades.

I wanted to make sure the colors were easy enough to differentiate between so I used the darkest shade, the middle shade, and the lightest shade from each paint chip. That left me with three shades for each color. I glued these onto pieces of cardstock and then cut them out.

Discover how to use this paint chip color match game to teach your toddlers colors

Next, I made some circle pieces to match the paint chips. I glued the small circle pieces onto circle magnets. I attached them to magnets so they would have more weight, but also so this activity can be done on a cookie sheet if desired.


This is a great matching game to teach your toddlers colors using paint chips

How to Play

To use the activity, have your child line up all of the paint chips. Next, have them choose one circle at a time and put it onto the correct paint chip. They may find it easy to pick the correct color, but not always the correct shade.

My child sometimes put the darkest circle on the middle shade, or the lightest shade on the darkest color. I thought this would be difficult for him, but that’s why this busy bag is perfect for his level. It’s hard, but not too hard for him and gives him lots of opportunities to practice.

A fun matching game to teach toddlers colors using paint chips

As we have practiced, he is getting very good at identifying his colors without any help. It was really fun for him to name each color when he picked up a circle. I love that he gets so excited when he has learned something. 🙂 Be sure to check out some of our other popular busy bags: smell matching busy bag, beads in a water bottle busy bag, and shape sorting busy bag.

A fun matching game to teach your toddlers colors using paint chips