- Foster matching skills
- Develop fine motor skills
- Practice counting
Matching games play a role in learning. They are a hands-on learning tools that keep children entertaining while stimulating their cognitive skills. Children start to identify and categorize objects based on their similarities through play. Squiggly Worms is one of the many preschool toys that help develop matching skills and at the same time color recognition. Like many matching games and toys, Squiggly Worms is designed for children to exercise matching skills by pairing worms to an image of the same color. Hiding the worm colored bottoms in a wooden apple, players pick the worms until they find the matching color. Parents and educators integrate these types of games to their lessons in order to attract children’s attention. It is a fun way to practice color recognition and enhance their matching skills. Transforming the class into a fun and exciting exercise.
Also, Squiggly Worms and similar games are a good way to improve memory skills. Since players have to take out the worms out the apple an put them back if they are not a match, players can memorize the location of the worms they already taken out to make the search easier and win the game. It is a good incentive to expand a child’s memory retention as they have fun playing. Moreover, Squiggly Worms and similar matching games can be used to foster other cognitive skills. Matching games can be adapted to help learn other subjects such as counting. Focusing the game on how many worms a player can take out in their turn. Another way to use the game is to count all the worms of the same colors once all thee worms are taken out of the apple. Parents and educators can come up with other activities and rules for Squiggly Worms and similar games making them handy tools to keep children engaged and actively listening.
Squiggly Worms and similar games can be played whenever. These matching games are a good way to be physically active. Fostering a child’s fine motor skills. In Squiggly Worms, for example, the apple has a motor timer that makes the worms pop which makes picking the worms a challenge. Working on hand-eye coordination, the players have to make quick hand movements to get the worms before they pop down. Fine motor skills exercises help to strength hand muscles and improve dexterity. It is important to develop fine motor skills while playing since toddlers need to use their fine motor skills to learn how to write. Plus, it is a group activity that fosters children to interact with others. Squiggly Worms and other matching games bring everyone together for a good time full of learning and laughs.