Object-to-picture matching is a great way to teach your toddler abstraction. They will soon learn that the object they hold in their hand is the same as what they see in the picture. The picture of the horse is a horse and the horse that they are holding is also a horse. This sort of thinking is essential for reading. It also helps with vocabulary and moving from left to right.
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Or take your own pictures and cut them out. You can use fruit, household objects, nature objects and pretty much any animal. Use this montessori activity in your house today!