Babies Walkers 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Learning to match objects is an important early mathematical and literacy skill. Toddlers take a natural delight in sorting and matching pictures and objects.

Equipment required

  • Ralph snap cards

Link to resources

Duration

  • Two to three weeks.

Training videos

Ralph Snap-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

How it works

A snap game, played as a group, with cards featuring Ralph.

What to do in the class

There are small and large pictures cards of Ralph in different poses, wearing different clothes or holding different objects.

Give each child 2 or 3 of the small cards, perhaps the same picture to 2 or 3 children at a time. Encourage the parents to talk about the cards with their children and ask them what Ralph is doing or what he is wearing.

All the children and parents stand in a circle with the instructor at the front who holds large versions of the pictures along with some that the children don’t have. The instructor takes and shows the top picture and the children have to see if they have the matching card. If they do they have to shout (or the parent helps them to shout) “snap” and they put their card into a container in the middle of the circle, return to their place and sit down. The game continues until all the children have sat down.

To add an extra dimension you could add a ‘joker’ card – a picture of Ralph doing something or a different Teddy and if anyone sees that they have to all shout something different (If you like this idea I’ll add one to the pictures – yes nice idea).

Adaptations for older/younger children

None.

What to do in a nursery setting

This could be done as a matching activity by putting the larger cards onto the wall and asking the children to stick up their small card next to the matching picture.