Pots and Pans

Pots and Pans is one of the fun kids matching games.

If you're cleaning out your cupboards this game is perfect for that time. Let your kids help you sort the items, then find and place lids on them.

Before You Play

2 or more players
Ages: 2 - 5
Need pots, pans, containers, lids


On carpeting or a rug, place as many pots and pans, containers and lids as you want your child to play with.

Tell her she has to find lids for all the items, then place these lids on top of the item they belong to.

This helps children discern sizes and shapes as well as learning how to put lids on items and containers so they fit tight.

As an added bonus, you can put them back in your cupboard with lids on tight and reorganize your space!

You probably have various sizes of pots that fit into each other.

Let your child find the biggest pot, then the next biggest down to the smallest. Have her line these up side by side.

Then have her take the biggest pot and put it beside her. Let her put the next sized pot inside the biggest pot. Continue until all the pots are stacked inside each other.

Talk with her about what you can cook in each pot. A small pot may be suitable for water for making tea while a big pot is used for cooking pasta.

If you have tupperware that you store without lids on, have your child put the smaller bowls into the larger bowls.

Scent Games

Are fun indoor, learning and cooking activities.

Before You Start

2 or more players
Ages: 2 - 5
Need food items you have at home


These help children develop their sense of smell.

It's a fun activity for kids birthday parties and wherever a small group of children are gathered.

For one idea, gather up 4 soaps, body washes or body lotions. 2 of these should be the same.

Have the first child close her eyes, then hold the items up, one at a time, for her to smell.

When she's done, she'll tell you which numbers she thinks match up. Be sure and say "number 1, number 2, number 3 and number 4" as you let the children smell the items.

Play continues in this manner until every child has a turn to go.

The winner is the child who identified the matching smells correctly. There can be more than 1 winner.

You can also separate the kids into teams. The team who has the most correct number of smells at the end of a certain number of rounds or after a set amount of time is up is the winner.


Another way to play this and get kids involved in cooking, is to have something on hand to bake.

Put two of the same ingredients in 2 different bowls or cups.

The kids close their eyes and try to correctly identify the 2 bowls or cups that have the same smell.

The winner is the child (or children) who guess correctly.

When the play is over, let the kids help bake the cookies or cake.

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