Number Matching Game

Play a matching game using construction paper circles (or other shape) and paper clips.  When I made these I was able to laminate them, but you can use them without lamination or cover them with clear contact paper for more sturdiness.  I wouldn’t recommend using the plastic type of paper clips shown in the picture above though, as the they aren’t easy for little hands to use due to a “special” little bump that is molded in.  (Try using the regular metal type that you can get in colors.)

You can make as many sets as you wish but here are some examples of the types I made:


If you are working with both the 6 and the 9, don’t forget to distinguish which is which with a line under the 6.

Number words



Holes (from a hole punch)

Hole punch circles

To play:

Children count the objects on one of the circles, then put the same number of paperclips on the circle.  (As shown in top picture.)

Other activities and learning experiences to try as well:

  • identifying colors and shapes
  • grouping all the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, etc…together
  • turn the circles over to the blank sides and make patterns such as green, green, red, green, green, red, etc.

Can you think of some other ways to use this game?  Please add your ideas to the comments below.  And if you would like another fun game to help your child learn numbers, try my affiliate link to the Preschool Numbers Memory Game below.


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