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 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.

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 offer 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 colour puzzle from Crayon Freckles – diy color wheel foam puzzle.

Here is a straightforward way for DIY puzzle 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 child 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 personalised
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 example here, here and here.

Here is a great idea how to do a DIY puzzle with a picture from child’s favourite 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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