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Today we are sharing another fun freebie for your preschooler. These matching puzzles are an easy and inexpensive way to help your child with problem-solving, critical thinking and short-term memory skills.
You can read about the many reasons why matching work is good for brain development at How We Montessori.
My 4-year-old is big-time into puzzles right now. He loves his Melissa and Doug floor puzzles (and almost every other kind of puzzle) but it gets a little expensive buying new puzzles all the time. Aunt Rachel was kind enough to get him new puzzles for his birthday (thank you Aunt Rachel) and he has worked them over and over and over. But he still wants more!
I decided to create these printable matching puzzles as an inexpensive way to challenge Hudson and keep new, fresh puzzles rotating on his "school" shelf.
You can see in the photo above that I choose to cut up one puzzle set and keep the other one whole to use as a sort of "game board". I do this so I can make the puzzle magnetic by using magnet tape on the pieces and placing the game board on a metal tray. (I think you can get these for something like $4 on Amazon.)
It still works perfectly fine without the magnets. It just makes it easier for little hands to line up the squares when they're not sliding around on the tray. Also, you can cut both sets of pieces out and store them in a plastic bag and let your little one just match the pieces. That works great too!
As always, we highly recommend you laminate your printables for durability.
We have 4 super cute designs for you in the Preschool Matching Puzzle Pack:
You can download your Preschool Matching Puzzle Pack by clicking on the image below.
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