Practicing matching and gluing might seem like silly skills to work on, but when you’re 2 or 3 years old they are challenging. Learning the appropriate amount of glue to use and applying that amount of glue takes practice. And matching skills fall under patterns because they require that you identify distinguishing features and match accordingly.
This activity will work on both matching and gluing skills!
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Sort objects based on two characteristics; size, color, shape, texture, or weight

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Required Materials

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Superhero Match and Glue Template



Step #1

Print and cut out the Superhero Match and Glue Template.

I am all about making my life easier, so I cut the superhero circles into strips and layered them on top of each other to cut two circles at once. Make sure you line them up properly and if your Lil’ is doing the cutting, encourage them to cut one circle at a time.

Step #2
Match the superhero circles to the corresponding hero on the match and glue mat.
Step #3
Glue the superhero to its match.

Teacher Tip

I thought about laminating this activity and adding velcro, but I decided against it because I felt that it was important that Rea work on her gluing skills. This is something her kindergarten teacher will thank me for later.

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