Here is a great activity to teach associations. You can have the children use playdoh to cover up the 2 items that go together or the item doesn't belong with playdoh! Great idea to keep little hands busy and promote vocabulary. Printer friendly- uses less ink!
***The answers are not included. You can use your professional judgement to decide if the answer is appropriate or not. For example there is shampoo, a hat and soap. The child could answer that soap and shampoo are both items that wash, or they could say shampoo and a hat are both used on your hair/head. Some mats have obvious answers and others are more difficult.
There are color and black and white copies which you can send home for extra practice at home.
Note ** there are some variations between the colored and black and white version simply due to the clip art I have.