Ethan's Matching Cards // A Toddler Activity

Several weeks ago, a group of mama bloggers decided that with all of our kiddos going back to school {or daycare} and many of us welcoming another baby into the mix, that now would be a good time for a fun exchange.  The concept?  Busy boxes that have a great learning element...but perhaps more importantly, serve as an even better distraction!  Can we say, win-win?

The sweeter than sweet Sara and Mac {and don't forget baby Mim} sent us the most adorable matching cards from Ethan's favorite book, Brown Bear Brown Bear. 

These are great!  First, Ethan LOVES making noises for all of the animals.

Second, because each animal is a different color, it helps us with our colors.

And of course, it's great to coordinate the animal heads and "tails".

I foresee lots of busy afternoons spent matching up his favorite animals.

And what's even cuter...Sara also included a second matching game, but this time, with pictures of Ethan!  I mean how cute is this??  Ethan was having a ball marveling over all of his photos and I can already "picture" lots of fun ahead!

  Sara will be putting a tutorial together next week...but you can see that it doesn't take too much to come up with a fun toddler activity that spurs creativity.  

You can check out the rest of our busy box concepts at the following blogs:

Colleen at Meet the Sullivans
Emily at Dear Owen
Michelle at Ten June {see the busy box I "made" here!}

And now you can join in on the fun!  We're inviting all of you to come up with your ideas and share them back here next Tuesday.  It can be a past or present project...can't wait to see what you come up with!

xo natasha

And don't forget, you can win some adorable invitations or prints here!


  1. So cute that she included matching pictures of Ethan! So sweet! And I love the brown bear matching, Ashlynn would love that, she's loves that book!

  2. I love how she included photos of Ethan!! How creative!

    I would love to be included in one of these blog swaps in the future!!

  3. So cute that she also used photos of Ethan! That's such a good idea!

  4. So much fun! Rae loves to look at herself so she would've loved this.

  5. Those Eric Carle prints are so colorful and adorable! Did she make them on her own or are they available for sale?

    1. Aren't they the cutest? She totally made them on her own and will have a tutorial up next week!

  6. Yay! I'm so glad he liked him! I think I forgot to mention that the photo cards can be used for matching now and then as a memory game (flip them over) when he gets a bit older! Enjoy! Such a fun swap!

  7. this is so cute! i love that she personalized it with his photos! presh.

  8. SO fun, what kid doesn't love playing with pictures of himself?!

  9. Oh my goodness I love this game! I have had a similar matching game with family's faces on my to make list (have all the supplies, just none of the time) for at least 6 months! Going to finally make it happen! :)

  10. This is such a great idea! I'm going to have to make something similar for my little guy! Thank you :-)