Day 5 Montessori-inspired Christmas Activity

Puzzles are great for children’s minds and cognitive development. These puzzles provide the key opportunity to the child to manipulate the world around them. Our day 5 activity is a simple fun 3 piece puzzle based on the Christmas theme.

 

AGE GROUP – 1.5 year onwards

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

I had mentioned this and some more printables in the Day 2 post that you can check out if you haven’t already. Make sure you have print outs ready for the other printables mentioned, so that you are ready to do the activity when I post in the next few days. 

  • Cardboard or thick paper sheet
  • Gum
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape (optional)

 

TIME REQUIRED FOR ACTIVITY PREPARATION – 20 Minutes

 

HOW & WHAT TO DO

  • Paste the print outs on a cardboard or thick paper sheet. I used an old brochure lying around which had thick pages.
  • Cut each figure into three parts according to the cut-lines on the printable
  • Optionally, if you want it to be more durable, you can wrap the puzzle pieces with a broad scotch tape
  • Demonstrate to the child how to join the pieces and form a figure and then let the child do it on its own
  • Give the pieces of one figure at a time to avoid overwhelming the child

 

SKILLS DEVELOPED

  • Logic and problem solving
  • Fine motor skills
  • Hand eye coordination

 

CAN SOME MATERIALS BE REPLACED?

If you do not have the printout of this printable, you can either hand draw simple Christmas stuff, it can be anything from a star to a Santa or a tree or a bell! Just cut it into two or three pieces and present it to your child as a puzzle.

If you consider yourself weak in terms of drawing, I am sure you can find some Christmas related pictures in the newspaper. Just cut them out, paste it on a cardboard, cut some pieces of each picture and your DIY puzzle is ready.

 

HOW TO TWEAK FOR YOUNGER KIDS

  • Instead of cutting three pieces of each figure, cut just two pieces so that it is easier for younger toddlers to solve the puzzle

  

HOW TO TWEAK FOR OLDER KIDS

  • You can cut the figure in zigzag lines instead of simple horizontal lines to make the puzzle more challenging
  • You can mix the pieces of two or more puzzles to make it challenging for an older child

 

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