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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Homemade toys are very easy to make. I will give you information on how to make a matching game that will be perfect for toddlers ages 1-2. The matching game Hopscotch match can be made using recycle materials that you already have around the house and will take less than 30 minutes to create.

Materials and Instructions

1 Oatmeal container

14 popsicle sticks

Newspaper or magazine




Alphabet and number stickers

1. Make sure the oatmeal container is empty and clean.

2. Decorate the oatmeal container with newspaper or magazine (your choice) use a little glue and put it on the outside of the oatmeal container and begin wrapping the newspaper/magazines around the oatmeal container.

3. Gather 7 popsicle sticks and place one alphabet stickers on each then add number stickers 1-7 on each stick.

4. If stickers are not available use a marker to write alphabet and numbers.

5. Take the oatmeal container plastic top off and cut different size slits on top by using scissors.

Age appropriate for toddlers ages 1-2. This toy is great for promoting fine motor skills, eye and hand coordination, gross motor skills, cognitive skills, social skills and introducing alphabets and numbers.

Goals and Objectives

Toddlers ages 1-2 will be able to match the alphabets and numbers to the hopscotch board. Place the sticks inside of the slits of the oatmeal top. Use gross motors to hop from space to space and think about cause and effect and discuss the pictures on the board. Introduce alphabets and numbers to toddlers.