Hey everyone! I had such a blast writing about summer treat bags that I came back to share this quick puzzle revamp I did for Greyson the other day.
A) If a puzzle is too difficult he has no interest in it.
B) When he masters a puzzle (after only a few times) he gets bored of it with it and is reluctant to go back to it…ever.
C) They can be EXPENSIVE! The famous (and awesome) Melissa & Doug puzzles can be $10.00 + a pop! To me that is a lot of cash to deal out for a toy that will only get a few uses.
- Took my cheap puzzles and some trusty markers, removed the puzzle pieces, and traced over the indentation on the puzzle board like so:
- I then took each puzzle piece and wrote a number, shape, or word on the back for him to match up with the correct puzzle piece “spot” on the game board.
This could work for kids of all ages:
For older kids…
You could do the same concept (with a more complicated puzzle, naturally) and you could do
- (1) Math equations (from simple addition/subtraction on up to times tables and more),
- (2) Vocab words,
- (3) Reading (put an animal sticker on the back of the puzzle piece, and write the animal name on the board and they have to match).
For younger kids…
- (4) Alphabet matching (match lower-case to upper case, for more of a challenge)
- (5) Color matching
- (6) Shapes
- (7) Numbers
- (8) Words