Puzzles build many skills
that children will need to do well in school. These include logic, making patterns, sequencing and fine motor skills. Here are some fun puzzle activities to do with your child:
• Glue a photo onto heavy paper. When it dries, cut it into several puzzle-like pieces. Give the pieces to your child in an envelope. Have her put the pieces together and discover who is in the photo.
• Write your child a letter. Glue it onto cardboard. Cut it into pieces when it’s dry. Help your child put the pieces together and then read the letter to her.
• Cut your child’s favorite sandwich into pieces. Have her put it together before she eats.
• Put the pieces to two or three simple puzzles on a table. See if your child can find which pieces go to which puzzle.
If your child can easily do all the puzzles you own, consider getting a few other parents and children together for a puzzle swap. Or check local garage sales, where you’ll often find used puzzles on sale for 50 cents or less.
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