Day 13 Montessori-inspired Christmas Holiday Activity
Puzzles are great for a child’s mind and cognitive development. They provide a key opportunity to the child to manipulate the world around him. Day 12 activity is a simple DIY block puzzle based on Christmas nativity story characters. You can refer to the nativity story we covered on Day 10 <http://www.babychakra.com/learn/1618-christmas-series-day-10-nativity-story> of the Christmas series.
Building blocks are quite a common toy, however, did you know there are many more ways to play with those blocks than just build structures with them? Here’s a new way to use those blocks to create an interesting avatar of nativity story characters. Read HERE for more details on why puzzles are good for a child’s development.
AGE GROUP – 1.5 year onwards
- Print out (Page 5, 6, and 7) of this printable.
- Any building blocks, wooden or plastic, anything would do. I used Fisherprice Megabloks.
- Scotch tape
TIME REQUIRED FOR ACTIVITY PREPARATION – 20 Minutes
HOW & WHAT TO DO
- Cut out individual characters of the nativity story. Number of characters totally depend on you. I cut 7 main characters.
- By measuring the size of the blocks & the character cutouts, decide how many parts you would need to cut a character so that it can fit nicely on a stacked tower of your blocks. For me, 2 megabloks, one over the other were sufficient to cover 1 character.
- Accordingly cut the individual characters according to your blocks’ size. For me, I cut the characters into half, each half fit nicely in 1 megablock piece.
- Paste the paper pieces onto the blocks using a transparent scotch tape. And tada, your puzzle is ready!
- Stack the blocks to form individual characters and present it to your child.
- Talk about the Nativity story and the characters.
- Demonstrate how to join the pieces and form a figure and then let the child do it on its own
- Initially, give pieces of one or two figures only to avoid overwhelming the child
- Logic and problem solving
- Fine motor skills
- Hand eye coordination
- Culture & Tradition
CAN SOME MATERIALS BE REPLACED?
- If you do not have the printout of this printable, you can hand draw the outlines of these nativity story characters.
HOW TO TWEAK FOR YOUNGER KIDS
- Young kids might not be able to fit the puzzle but put the blocks on top of each other. Let them be. It will be a nice exposure to them even if they cannot complete the puzzle. Talk about the characters & story in general for stimulation of their senses. You can surely use this next year with your kid when s/he is older and able to complete it.
HOW TO TWEAK FOR OLDER KIDS
- You can mix the pieces of many characters to make it challenging for an older child
- To increase the level of difficulty a little more, mix plain simple blocks (without any character pasted over them). Let the child search for the blocks with characters pasted on it & then find a match from that bunch of blocks.
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