I think making puzzles alongside with your little one is awesome! First, it costs you under $5 and the time you spend together crafting and creating is priceless! We have done this type of a DIY puzzle for a lot of holidays and unit studies, and it is always fun to make and even more fun to play with.
You will need:
- craft sticks (or use your recycled ice pop sticks)
- you can either use stickers (we are loving this Ocean sticker book) or you can draw your own picture
- a hot glue gun (we are using a low temp one)
- a Stanley knife
HOW: Arrange your craft sticks on a table, and you might want to secure them with clear tape on the back. Select a sticker and place on top. Using a glue gun, secure that sticker to the craft sticks “raft”. Thereafter, using a knife carefully cut along each craft stick’s edge, so you will end up with loose sticks again.
Also, use animal figures (if you have) to go along with your puzzle sticker. We are absolutely loving the humpback whale. The attention to details is impeccable and the size impressive indeed!
As a control of error, write on each craft stick either:
- numbers 1-10
- the name of the object, for example, “fish”
- skip count by 2s or 3s or 10s
- you can even do a multiplication table
For a detailed post explaining how to make this DIY puzzle, see here Shamrock DIY Recycled Popsicle Puzzle Skip Counting by 10.
Always supervise your children while they are S.T.E.A.M.-ing through play, Xoxo
You can see this activity on Instagram here.