THIS FUN DIY WOODEN CHRISTMAS MATCHING GAME IS SOMETHING YOU CAN MAKE WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES THAT YOU CAN THEN TURN INTO A NIGHT OF FAMILY FUN FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.
I’m going to preface this entire post with the fact that this will be my most embarrassing post to date.
Not because I am revealing any secret about myself, my family, or my house. But more so because I am revealing an entire project based around something I am so comedically terrible at. So much so I considered passing this project off as something my 3 year old did “with my supervision.” Then I remembered I don’t like telling lies so there’s that.
If nothing else you might get a good easy project and you most definitely will get some laughs at how terrible this “art” is. I mean, can you even call it art when it’s this bad?
The reason I even came around to doing a project like this is because my daughter loves puzzles and games that make her think (which I used to love too) so after talking with my best friend about some ideas, we found one – A Christmas matching game!
There are several good things about this project. One, it’s cheap! If you have a tree or a big limb, you can actually just cut your own slices of wood which makes that free. Two, it’s customizable. You can do whatever pictures you want on yours. You could even do simply letters or numbers. Three, let’s face it – there is a 99.9% chance your drawings will be better than this. That has to make it a win, right?
Here’s all you need to get started:
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- Wood circles (If you’re like me, you may need to buy some. I got mine here)
- Craft paint
- Fun Christmas box. Mine is from Hobby Lobby from last year after Christmas sale.
First, draw your designs on the wood. I did this first because I knew I would have to erase. Because, again, I AM TERRIBLE AT THIS.Then take your sharpie and go over everything you have drawn.Once you’ve done this step, next is paint!
Pro tip: After you paint, you can go back in and draw with the Sharpie if there are any lines you accidentally painted over.
All that’s left is to set it up and play with your little one. It took her a little bit, but she got the hang of it pretty quickly. She was so proud of the first time she got that match!I also had to explain to her what this was …. Probably because she had never seen holly before, but also very much probably because my drawing was so poor.
Once we had played one round and she got the hang of it, she said, “Can I play again? When I’m done, can I put it back in the box?” I was all, “Yes baby. Yes you can.” What I love about this is that it encourages her to entertain herself while using her mind. Which gives me like 5 minutes to pee or scream into a pillow – whatever kind of day I’m having. And for those of you who think she’s always this cute and sweet, I leave you with this:The face of someone mad at me because I told her I was putting the camera away. The girl has personality bigger than her britches. And mine and her dad’s put together. But we love her so!
If you’d like to make this for your little one or make this as a gift to give your friends with little ones, pin it for later:To see what the rest of my friends created this week, check them out below: