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Make-It Monday: Pig Tail Matching Game

Do you have a little one at home that is learning colors and numbers?  This game is a fun farming spin on a color and number sorting game.  There are two ways to play this game: either sort all the pig tails to their matching color OR put the same number of tails on the pig to match the number.

Find a helpful how-to video below:

"Finished Pig Tail Matching Game"


  • Pipe Cleaners (two per color of at least four different colors)
  • Kitchen Shears or Scissors
  • Snack Size Baggie
  • Paper (one background page plus a paper in colors to match your pipe cleaners)
  • A Pig Shape to Trace (optional)
  • Marker
  • Glue


  1. Using your marker or a finger (something round), twist your pipe cleaner into a coil shape.
  2. Once you have a coil, use your wire cutter to cut the coil in to half.  These will be your pig tails!  Put all tail pieces in a snack size baggie for storage.
  3. Using your marker and pig shape, trace a pig in each color paper to match your pipe cleaners.
  4. Glue your pigs on your background paper.
  5. Use your marker to number your pigs 1-4.
  6. Get ready to play!  You can play this game in two ways:
    1. Color matching: match all the tails in the bag to the correct color pig.
    2. Number matching: place one tail on the pig with the number “1” on it, two tails on the pig with the number “2”, etc.


Make-It Monday projects will be posted each Monday (except for holidays) throughout the museum closure for COVID-19.  For a full list of previous projects, visit our Make-It Monday website.

Questions? Contact Sarah, the museum's education coordinator.