What You’ll Need
- White egg carton
- Cotton balls
- Colored paper
What to Do
- Cut out the cups of a white egg carton. Glue a cotton ball in each.
- Cut “irises” out of colored paper—two of each color. Add details using pens and markers. Glue one iris to each cotton ball.
Flip all the cups upside down and mix them up. Take turns trying to find matching pairs. The player with the most pairs wins.
Extend the Fun
For younger kids: One child can play the game herself, to practice alphabet and number recognition. Write numbers and letters (two of each) on a piece of paper; cut them out and glue onto cotton balls in egg cups, as above. Increase the reward time for youngest children by keeping the egg cups upright, and just have your child organize the letters or numbers into pairs.
For older kids: Use two egg cartons so there are more pairs to match. Instead of eyes, cut out numbers and faces from an old deck of cards, or matching images from magazines, and glue them onto cotton balls in egg cups, as above. See who can turn over the most pairs.