DIY Puzzles and Free Printables

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Every Montessorian has a special attachment to DIY handmade materials. We love creating our own when we get inspired to bring new opportunities to explore and discover for children, make something unique that sparks their interest and curiosity.
Puzzles make such an essential part of a child’s learning environment. Oh, and kids can spend countless hours doing puzzles. It is an activity that they have complete control over and requires a great deal of concentration. Let’s have a look together at some inspiring ideas from people who did handmade puzzles for their children. These will fit perfectly in a Montessori environment.

Felt flower with orange petals and green leaves

Famous Landmark Blocks post via No Time for Flash Cards is so creative and simple to make. These are must-try. This is such a fantastic part of Geography Continent study, perfect for continent boxes.

When preparing for Botany lessons, check out this DIY Parts of a Mushroom Puzzle made with felt from Mama Guru.

There are a few more beautiful handmade puzzles with parts of the animals, for example, Nurturing Learning made Bird Puzzle using free template printable. Julia also suggests a beautiful idea for making your Continent Map Puzzle 

Children will love to learn about Moon Phase Activity with DIY Moon Phase Activity Puzzle by What We Do All Day.

Montessori ‘N Such offers free Anatomy and Botany Puzzle outlines to help you make handmade puzzles using felt or cardboard (my next project).

Here is a gorgeous Colour Wheel Puzzle from Montessori ‘N Such.

Another color puzzle from Crayon Freckles – diy color wheel foam puzzle.

Here is a straightforward way for DIY puzzles kids can make via Two Daloo – DIY Giant Block Puzzle. 

In her post, Playful Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids Mer Mag shares creative geometric puzzles to engage children using elementary materials.

In this post via Living Montessori Now you can find an example, how to incorporate printable DIY puzzles into a unit study.

Here is a great way to practice name recognition and spelling with a personalized
DIY Name Recognition Puzzle by Toadally Tots

Those of you who are particularly crafty will appreciate this beautiful cloth puzzle made with cloth material by Bliss Cocotte.

There is numerous creative way using popsicle sticks to do puzzles for or with kids to learn numbers, alphabet. For example, DIY Number Puzzle via Make, take and Teach. Also, you can find great examples here, here, and here.

Here is a great idea of how to do a DIY puzzle with a picture from a child’s favorite book.

Great suggestion from Nurture store: Make a hide-and-seek baby jigsaw.

Here is a fun and gorgeous puzzle idea – Upcycled coffee can: Twisting puzzle via De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire.

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Free Printables From Montessori Nature

  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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