P is for puzzle piece printing

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on February 20, 2012

in Creative Art, motor skills, Puzzle Play, Puzzle printing

If you haven’t figured it out by now, we have been exploring DIY puzzles in our preschool classroom. This is a simple painting activity we did as part of our puzzle play …

The children were each given a white paper puzzle to make puzzle prints on. I hot glued puzzle pieces onto the ends and onto the sides of a wooden shapes (wooden shapes are from the dollar store) for the children to make puzzle piece prints…

There are many things I might choose to do differently the next time I try this starting with finding larger puzzle piece shapes to stamp with or using ink pads instead of paint.  I would have liked the shapes of the puzzle pieces to be more clear as the children printed. I am always learning something new with each process we try…

But as much as I would have liked a different result, the process would have still been pretty much the same and I have to remind myself that the process is what really matters to the children…

After the children completed their puzzle piece prints, they added their own name onto their paper. At this point in the school year, I rarely write the children’s names on their artwork. I do at times but for the most part, I remind the children to go back and add their own names…

Some children chose to take their time with this process and others rushed through the process to go and try other things we had out in the classroom…

Another activity we had out for the children to explore was a little puzzle piece fine motor play…

I used this same puzzle for lots of different activities. This was a puzzle that I had probably gotten for Christmas some time ago. I found it in my closet and decided since I wasn’t going to put it together, I might as well put it to good use in my classroom…

The children used the chopsticks to transfer the puzzle pieces from one box to another…

Some of the children preferred transferring the puzzle pieces from one box to another using their hands. Holding all those puzzle pieces is actually a nice sensory experience as well…

With our new discoveries in DIY puzzle play, the children have developed a new interest in our classroom puzzles as well. These puzzle have been out on a shelf all school year and have rarely been used but this week the children have been asking me, “Where are the puzzles at?”


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1 Mandy February 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I love it that you share your hopes for activities you plan with such honesty! Something dosn’t go as expected and you include the un-expected in your comments, even if its a less positive outcome.
In a weird kind of backwards way your mini mistakes (for want of a better word – mistakes sounds negative and is not meant to be!) are so encouraging!
Things go in the “wrong” direction here often, but is it the “right” direction all along?

2 Scott February 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

More great ideas, Deborah! I really like moving the puzzle pieces with chopsticks.

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