Outdoor Color Matching for Toddlers

Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with an outdoor activity for toddlers? This week I am teaming up with some of my blogging buddies for Spring Play Days- three days of spring activities for kids to provide you with some seasonal play and learning inspiration. Today’s post is a fun outdoor color matching game that was originally published as a guest post on the fabulous Learn Play Imagine last year, and I thought this week would be the perfect occasion to bring it on home.

Outdoor Color Matching for Toddlers from Twodaloo

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I love coming up with new outdoor activities to encourage my little ones to enjoy nature. I created this whimsical game for a shady corner in our front garden that makes a perfect spot for them to play while I trim the rosebushes.

Outdoor Color Matching for Toddlers

To create this game, I gathered a few simple materials:
  • Outdoor craft paint in a variety of bright colors (You can find the brand we used on Amazon HERE)
  • Several sizes of paint brushes
  • Natural items for matching (I used rocks, shells, and pinecones)
  • Flagstones left over from another project


 First, I gave each flagstone a few coats of craft paint and allowed them to dry. Each stone was painted a different solid color.

painted flagstones

Next, I painted my natural items with the same solid colors. Nothing fancy or complicated here, but don’t they look yummy all grouped together in a pretty basket?

painted nature items

After everything was dry, I set up a simple invitation in the garden.

color matching invitation

The twins ooh’d and aah’d over the brightly colored “magic rocks” and pretty soon started placing all the fancy natural objects on their matching flagstones.

color matching in the garden
I am delighted to report that the outdoor paint that I used on the stones held up remarkably well through an entire year of being exposed to extreme heat, rain, and the occasional ice and snow. I eventually spaced the flagstones a bit farther apart and set them down in the soil. The small painted objects were stored nearby in a pretty clay pot- the only ones that will need replacing this year are the pinecones! In addition to color matching, the twins have used the natural objects for sorting, patterning, and props for imaginative play.

Whimsical outdoor color matching game for toddlers

Spring Play Days!

We’ll be back on Tuesday with another spring play idea- in the meantime, don’t forget to check out what my friends are up to…I guarantee you’ll have a case of spring fever by the time you’re through!

Fantastic Fun and Learning


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  1. This looks great! Rocks and pine cones are high on the list of our favorite things! You have me pining for Spring . . .

  2. Lots of color for spring! I need to share this idea with my preschool director. I can see the different age groups getting something different out of this. :)

  3. Yes! They really do look yummy altogether in the basket! What a great garden game. Can’t wait to try with my girls!

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