Puzzles are so much fun for kids and are a great way for them to build cognitive and fine motor skills (and they happen to be the theme for this week’s Playful Preschool). The Sugar Snaps are taking an enrichment class and bring home art work each week. One fun thing to do with kids’ artwork is to turn it into puzzles. They made rainbows using tempera paint and we turned their rainbow art into puzzles. This is so easy and gives them lasting enjoyment from their own art.
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You will need:
- Craft Foam
- White glue or Tacky Glue
- Art work on paper (or photocopy of your child’s artwork if you don’t want to part with it)
- Thin cardboard such as poster board or the side of a cereal box
- Cookie cutters (if desired)
- Permanent marker
- Ziploc Bag to store puzzle (if desired)
These steps can be done by an adult for a preschooler to play with or by a preschooler with adult supervision. First, take the artwork and line it up on the cardboard first, and then the craft foam. Cut around the cardboard and craft foam so that it is the same size as the piece of art. Glue the art onto the cardboard and then the craft foam. You may want to place a book on top of the layers while it dries.
Use the permanent marker to draw around the cookie cutters and to draw puzzle shapes freehand. The number and size of pieces can be changed to suit the level of difficulty appropriate for your children.
Cut out the puzzle shapes using the lines drawn on the foam. It’s that easy! Have your child put the puzzle together. Store the puzzle in a Ziploc bag so it can be used again and again.
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