We bought craft stick matching patterns, which is a great exercise for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. Kids need to match the pattern on the cards with colored popsicle sticks. The bag comes with 12 double-sided laminated pattern cards professionally printed on card stock. Each card can be rotated in all 4 directions for extra puzzles, so this bag includes 96 different challenges! One side of the cards have easier (single layer) puzzles, the opposite side has more challenging puzzles with sticks overlapping so kids need to place certain sticks down before others.
To save money, you can draw the patterns yourself and use craft sticks, colored with markers. Either way, this exercise teaches early math skills, patience, pattern recognition and more!