We’re nearing the end of this 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids series.
It’s hard to believe, because I keep getting more ideas all the time!! Plus, my kids are absolutely loving all the new, fun things we’re doing.
Today’s activity is no exception.
When I asked, “Do you want to make a puzzle”, I was immediately met with yells of “Yea!!!!!! Make a puzzle! I want to make a puzzle!”
My kids love puzzles, so this was a no-brainer. I mean, to be able to make your own puzzle. What fun!!
Not only are puzzles fun, they have a lot of benefits for your children, as we looked at on Day three.
So here’s what you need:
A paper-sized piece of cardboard
A color sheet (I printed out ones of their favorite cartoon characters)
liquid glue (not a glue stick)
color crayons or markers
Sharpie or pencil to draw the puzzle
exact-o knife or box cutter
Have your children carefully color their color sheet and then glue it to the piece of cardboard. You’ll need to use a sponge brush to brush the glue to cover the edges and completely cover the paper so that when you cut the puzzle pieces, the paper doesn’t lift off of the cardboard.
Let dry well.
note: I did not do this and it makes cutting the puzzle pieces hard.
Once well dried, use one of your children’s puzzles as a model to draw out the puzzle pieces on the opposite side of the cardboard.
Using the exact-o knife or box cutter, carefully cut out the puzzle pieces.
note: we couldn’t find our box cutter, so I used scissors. They don’t work as well and it is more difficult this way, but you can do it.
This post is day 28 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.
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