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Visual discrimination is an important skill for preschoolers. They’ll use the ability to visually determine subtle differences and similarities as they learn the various numbers and letters. It will become vital, however, when they begin to learn how to read.
Honing this skill will allow them to tell the difference between visually similar letters, mainly lowercase, like b and d, p and q, or even x and y.
This heart pattern match up file folder game is a great way to practice as it requires them to look carefully at each heart and determine whether both the color and the pattern are the same.
Now, obviously, any number of matching activities can help them master this skill, but this particular one is absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Heart Pattern Matching
Like all of our other file folder games, this pattern matching version includes a cover in the printable set which you can attach to the front of your file folder using clear contact paper to make it easier to find when stored.
The list of supplies that you’ll need to make one of your own couldn’t be simpler!
- A file folder
- Clear contact paper
- Velcro dots (these are my personal favorite)
- The printable heart matching set (below)
- Laminator (optional, but highly recommended)
To create this file folder game, simply cut out each of the hearts that are included in the printable set. There are eight different hearts included.
Cut each heart in half, directly down the middle.
Attach one half of each heart to the inside of your file folder using some more contact paper and laminate the second half for durability.
Once they’ve been laminated and cut out, add Velcro dots to the inside of your folder directly next to the half that you attached using contact paper. Stick the opposite Velcro dots to the back of each of your laminated heart halves.
When it’s ready, have your preschooler sort through the hearts, looking carefully at each of the patterns and colors, and match them to their other half.
They’ll be pattern matching pros in no time!