We attempted this shoe game with Little Brother today, but he wasn’t quite getting it. He is great at following one-step directions, but isn’t developmentally able to understand the concept of picking the “matching” shoe. I would highly recommend this activity for ages 18 months and up.
Here’s how to play:
1. Put pairs of shoes in a pile. Do 2-3 pairs for younger kids and add more as you feel your child is ready!
2. Let your child choose one shoe. Give him a one-step direction to bring it to you.
(Little Brother just wanted to look at his shoes)
3. Once he’s brought it to you, give him another one-step direction to find the other shoe that matches.
4. Line the matching pairs of shoes up as he finds the match (or let your child do it if able).
This is a great language and cognitive exercise. Your child must follow one-step directions and have the cognitive ability to recognize the similarities in “matching” shoes.