Clothespin Matching with Felt Shapes

Pinterest pin of clothespin matching activity with toddler clasping the pins to colored felt shapes

Matching games make great quiet activities while also encouraging your toddler to play independently. I LOVE their simplicity and how easy they are to set up and create! This week I thought it would be pretty cool for my toddler to match clothespins with felt shapes.

I didn’t anticipate my daughter (3 years old) to struggle with pinching open a clothespin. Her little fingers fumbled with it and she became flustered and walked away. A little while later she went back to the activity on her own and eventually got the hang of it.

Toddler trying to pinch a clothespin from the the wrong end onto a colored felt shape

The first time my daughter tried to pinch a clothespin… from the the wrong end! With a little guidance, she was able to figure it out 🙂

The beauty of this activity is that it uses inexpensive but durable materials so your toddler can play with it again and again. If your toddler is struggling to pinch open the clothespin, put it away and try again later. Eventually your little one will get it!

Toddler matching the correct clothespin to its felt shape

Once my daughter got the hang of it, I was impressed with how fast she matched the felt shapes to the clothespins. She is becoming quite the expert at matching basic shapes that I think it’s time to move on to more complex ones.

*Adult supervision is always advised for the activities posted on this site.*

  • Colored felt
  • Fine-tip colored markers
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)

Assortment of colored felt shapes and clothespins with the matching shapes arranged on a table


Cut shapes from felt in various colors. Use a ruler if you’re like me and can’t draw straight lines! Use fine-tip colored markers to draw matching shapes onto clothespins. I outlined each shape in black to give them more definition.

And you’re done! I love how easy-peasy this is to create.

What your toddler is learning and improving
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Fine motor skills (pinching a clothespin with thumb and index finger)
  • Hand-eye coordination (aiming the opened clothespin to clasp onto a felt shape)
  • Cognitive skills (choosing the correct clothespin that matches the felt shape)
  • Independent play

Closeup of child matching the correct clothespin to its felt shape

What do you think of this activity? Let me know in the comments!

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