To be honest, Miss M doesn't play with puzzles all that often, so I'm always looking for new ideas for how to make a standard simple puzzle more interesting and turn it into a fun and inviting play activity. Some of my favourite Instagrammers/Bloggers have shared some of their ideas lately, so we wanted to try some ourselves.
I made this one for Miss M when she was around 1, and she really loved it (I first saw this idea at Nurture Store). All you need to do is trace around each puzzle piece onto a photo of a familiar family member, cut them out, stick them in the base of the puzzle and then play! Little bubbas love to see their faces, and will probably put the pieces in and take them out over and over again! Must do one for the Little Man :)
Puzzle Piece Presents
Everyone's always asking me where I got this number puzzle from (I honestly can't remember) - but I know they have them at Daisy & Hen in the Barossa.
Puzzle Piece Sort
Paint Your Puzzle
We did this one just the other day! IKEA sell these awesome raw wooden number 1-9 puzzles (don't they remind you of mini Sum Blox?) and they are perfect for painting and decorating! So much fun and it really gives your child ownership of the puzzle they created and will be more likely to want to play with it. This one's great too because the numbers are outlined on the bottom so you know where each number goes. Blank puzzles are also a good idea because older children can draw their own pictures.
|Image credit - Platypus Puzzles|
Have you got any other ideas to turn the humble puzzle into a more exciting activity? Please share!