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Busy Hands: Shapes Puzzle

Little Dude is now getting the hang of doing activities at home, and he won't forget to remind me that he wants to 'do something' every day! Now with him, any activity that needs to be done has to be set up fast, because he wants to do everything himself. I also don't want him to lose interest, so whatever we do has to done quickly.

Today, I made him a simple paper puzzle by cutting out different shapes to form a 'scene'. I cut out the different elements for a house, car, tree, clouds and the sun. While I was doing the cutting, it took every ounce of Little Dude's patience to wait for it!

Next, I assembled the puzzle to show him what went where. Then, I undid the puzzle, and gave him the shapes grouped into the different elements. So, the house shapes were in one pile, and so on, to make it easier. He had a go, and didn't do too badly, with a little help from me. We undid it one more time, and this time, I used a glue stick on the shapes, so we had a picture to put up on the fridge! He enjoyed it immensely, and I would like to use card stock next time instead of paper, so that it's easier to handle and lay out.

Paper Shapes Puzzle DIYI think this activity is a great way to teach shapes, hone memory skills, and also sharpen fine motor skills (such as putting the oranges on the tree). The possibilities are endless, and I'm sure we'll be making many more puzzles in the future!

Busy Hands - Kids' activities on Sand In My Toes

(Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft you can do with toddlers and young children).



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41 comments

pixiedusk said...

A nice idea! Will try this with my toddler =)

#whatsthestory

Adrianne Niall said...

I will try a shape activity with my 3 and 1/2 year old. Thanks for sharing

Katie @ Pick Any Two said...

Love this activity! My toddler is super into puzzles right now, so it's perfect.

Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) said...

aww what a lovely activity! Fun and educational too :) #magicmoments xx

Coombe Mill said...

Puzzles are so good for their development not to mention the time spent with you working on them,

Kerry said...

Great activity, I'll have to remember it when Arlo gets a bit older!

Shakespeare's Mom said...

Cute, fun, easy, I love it! My girls always want to make a project (but they call it a "product") and I'm sooo not crafty. I could do this one though!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

My toddlers love activities like this!

Jaime Oliver said...

this is a super idea and great for learning too!! so win win in my book!

thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

p.s i love the concept of toddler tales x

Charly Dove said...

What a lovely idea and lots of fun I'd imagine too. POD would love to do something like this. What a wonderful idea doing these little activities every day. You must have great fun doing them. Great post, thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory

Kathy said...

That's a great idea! Homemade games can be the best and can be tailored to suite each child's skill level and interest

thoughtsoverchai said...

This looks very entertaining! I am definitely trying this with my little one very soon. He is loving all the new things that we are doing at the moment and I am sure I am going to have as much fun. Thanks for sharing this.

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you liked it!

Tarana Khan said...

I'm sure it will be fun!

Tarana Khan said...

Hope you have fun with it, Katie!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes they are, and he's always loved them!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, Kerry!

Tarana Khan said...

As you can see from the cut-outs, I'm not that crafty either! That's why I do super simple activities.

Tarana Khan said...

Puzzles are always a hit, aren't they?

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Jamie! Toddler Tales are really special to me as well :)

Super Busy Mum {debs} said...

What a great idea! Shame little Belle is a little too young for that yet, but it is certainly something that I will keep in mind. As currently she'd just happily eat the paper instead of putting it down, lol! #magicmoments x

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Charly! We try to do whatever we can at home, to have some fun.

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks Kathy, it can be made suitable for any child.

Tarana Khan said...

I'm sure he'll love it, let me know how it goes!

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, eating the puzzle just won't do!

Wendy Onebusymum said...

what a brilliant idea xx

Mary @over40andamumtoone said...

That's such a lovely idea and so simple, great fun #Magicmoments

Kate Thompson said...

A lovely idea :)
#Letkidsbekids

Karen Bell said...

That's a fab idea, with lots of learning and fun.
Thanks for sharing #Letkidsbekids

Abigail said...

My eldest is studying fractions in school now so we have a similar activity.

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, we like to stick to simple activities!

Tarana Khan said...

That's another interesting use for shapes!

Lorna said...

that's great fab picture

Nishana said...

This is brilliant idea!! Nothing beats some homemade stuffs. :)
Sending love to you both. Looking forward to more interesting ideas from you!

Ruth said...

Great idea! I know what you mean about having to do activities quickly :)

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, Nishana! Nothing can quite compare with handmade things.

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, toddlers can hardly keep still! Thanks for stopping by.

Sara Murray said...

This is a wonderful idea Tarana! And, I love that you get a piece of artwork at the end :) #CreativeChallenge

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, Sara!

Toddler Slave said...

What a fab idea! My Boo would LOVE this as she is very into puzzles and things atm! Will defo be giving it a go! #CreativeChallenge

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you liked it, and I hope Boo has a good time with it!

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