My name is Sarah and I am a teacher and children’s author and I love puzzles!
Today I have put together some activities for you using the theme of puzzles. They are so much fun and can be enjoyed by all the family!
Are you ready for some fun activities?
I know I am. Let’s go!
Number and Puzzle Picture Match Up
This activity offers plenty of fun!
Try to match up the number with the correct picture. For example, there might be a number 5 so you need to find five items to match the number.
You can create your own set of cards by using card and pictures. You can print out the picture and number match activity below the video. You can also ask a family member to help create these items too.
A fantastic way in developing your child’s number recognition and matching objects to numbers.
This activity is similar to the previous one but this time you are going to be matching pictures with words. Can you find the hat? Where is the man? The picture will give you clues but you may need to sound out the word to help you match the two together.
Try different games with your cards. Other family members can help make the words and pictures. You can print out the word and picture match activity below the video.
Kim’s Game is a memory game.
How good are you at remembering things?
All you need for this game is a tray with a number of items on that can be found around the house. You could use any number of items but less than ten is ideal. When you have collected them place a tea towel or paper over the top of the tray to hide the items. Can you remember what was on the tray without looking?
Try taking an item away and then getting someone to guess what was secretly removed.
Suitable items might include a pencil, calculator, plastic cup, tea bag, buttons etc. You could set a challenge and take two or three items away instead of one. This is ideal for all ages and is a great way of increasing memory skills.
This activity can be made as simple or as difficult as you like. You can print off the 2D shapes under the vdeo. These shapes can now be cut into two, three or four sections. Gather all the pieces together and now see if you are able to put them back into full shapes again. Did you manage to do it? Can you name the shapes?
This game can be made more challenging by cutting the shapes into smaller pieces. Discuss with your child beforehand what shape they think it will become and find something in the house that reflects that shape. This develops children’s understanding of 2D shapes and solving puzzles.
If you've finished these and still have time for fun...
This extension is great for all the family. Take a look at the link and you will find another variation of a puzzle matching activity. Cardboard, scissors and paint is all you need to prepare this fabulous game. Have fun!
There’s nothing like a bedtime story when you are curled up under your blankets! Especially after you have been enjoying yourself taking part in all these activities!
I have written a story called “Nanny’s Puzzle”. It’s about Ella and Ollie who visit their Nanny but there’s a puzzle in store!
Are you comfortable? Let us begin…