Friday, August 7, 2009

matching objects to pictures - apples and worms!

I am so excited about my new felt board! As you may know, I am a big fan of felt boards - they are perfect for activities like matching and storytelling. I made this one from a thrifted frame and a rectangle of felt. It's just the right size for little hands to carry to a table, and because it's a frame, I can easily replace the felt. A new felt board, for less than $1 - woo hoo!

Here are some photos of the new apples and worms matching lesson I made to go along with it:

When presenting this lesson to a child,
I would set out all the possible pieces
on a rectangle of felt like this.

Then, I would chose a card...

and make a match!

I would also encourage the child to come up with his or her own combinations, too! :)


  1. That is too cool for school! I love it. How do you keep all of the felt pieces on the white felt? My daughter has a simalar thing with a dressing doll but as soon as she holds it upright everything falls off!

  2. That's awesome! I love the idea of using a frame and felt. I just may have to copy it!! (and post and link back to you of course!) LOVE the apple pics too. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  3. YAY!!! YOu are such a good teacher spending your summer making apple materials! ;) I have been busy getting our classroom back together! It is sooooooooooooooooooo nice! So clean and new!

  4. I love it! i've been looking for some creative ways to use our felt board. are you interested in sharing the patterns? i'm not that creative *hee hee*.
    thanks for sharing!

  5. I absoloutly love this idea and will so be making this or something similar myself

  6. Hi There I absolutely love this, and have made printable cards for this. Could I post on with credit to your idea? Please email me at

  7. Love this! Do you think my 23 months old would be ready for this activity? Maybe with simpler/different patterns?

    1. Thanks! How does Sixtine do with matching activities? Matching, like other Montessori activities should move from concrete to abstract. The most concrete would be matching two objects. Matching an object to a picture is a little more abstract. Matching two pictures is the most abstract. I think this activity is pretty abstract, so I would maybe try something similar but more concrete first. Like, if you're in the kitchen together, take an apple and a banana out of the fruit bowl and ask her to copy your arrangement. I love casually playing games like this to see where Elise is at. :) If you decide that Sixtine can match an arrangement of objects, then I bet she could do an activity like this one. Even if she can't quite do it yet, she'd probably have fun making up her own arrangements with the felt pieces. Let me know how it goes!


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