How we made our Play Dough Puzzle:
Optional: You could cut small lengths (maybe an inch long) of ribbon and, while the play dough puzzle pieces are still moist, use a chop stick or butter knife to press in an end of the ribbon into each piece so that when the pieces dry they have a little handle.
This can be added using glue when the pieces are dry as well.
5) If desired, you can add some literacy to the experience: make traced cards with each object’s title to create a word-association extension activity.
- Cut construction paper into enough small rectangles so that each puzzle piece has its own card.
- On each rectangle, place one puzzle piece and trace around it.
- Below each tracing, label the item so your child is exposed to print and vocabulary as well.
6) Place the puzzle and word-cards on a level surface and play with your child. I started with the pieces on their respective word-cards so I could point to the word and say its name while my child picked up the piece to place it in the puzzle.
You can reverse the game as well and start with the pieces in the puzzle-it is a fine motor exercise for little fingers and bigger fingers alike to remove the pieces from the puzzle. Even the small cutout pieces and the word-cards are their own puzzle.
This is homemade fun for preschool or toddlers! If the homemade playdough puzzle falls and breaks it can be repaired with glue…or thrown away since it was free anyway. (More of an excuse to make another.)
What is your child’s favorite puzzle right now?
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