Creative Challenge: Holiday magazine puzzles

Creative Challenge: Holiday magazine puzzles

Today, I am joining my friend over at Tinkerlab and others for the Creative Challenge: Magazines!

Tinkerlab Creative Challenge

Today’s challenge was to do something creative with magazines.  To combine this challenge with the spirit of the holidays, I decided I could make some holiday puzzles for my class….

To make the puzzles, I pulled out pages from a recent issue of Family Fun magazine.  The photos in this magazine are big, bright, and there are lots of fun photos that are perfect for young children to explore. Plus the creative ideas you can find in this magazine are awesome too!….

I selected lots of photos from the magazine to tear out, trim up, and glue to sheets of red construction paper…

I laminated my puzzles so I could keep them for next year too.  I didn’t realize how many photos I had cut out until I had them all spread out on the table…

Once I had all my puzzle pieces ready to go, I flipped them over and numbered each set so they would be easier to keep organized.  I spread them out on the table for the children to flip over and discover what beautiful photo is on each puzzle…


I think I will set out some more magazines now and let the children make some of their own puzzles to take home.  I didn’t think of this until after I made my own set!

Hint: One thing I learned while making these is if you decide to laminate them, it might be better to cut the puzzle pieces apart first so the laminating paper sticks to all the edges. I had to use clear packing tape to seal up some of my edges after I cut the pages into puzzle pieces.

Check out all the creative ideas you can do with magazines from these folks or see the linky below!

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Sunhats and Wellie Boots


  • Amy A @ CCS Posted December 5, 2011 12:49 am

    I love the puzzles! Family Fun sure had some GREAT images for you to use!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 5, 2011 12:56 am

    Thank you Amy!!! I love that magazine:)

  • maggy,red ted art Posted December 5, 2011 4:27 am

    How wonderful! I know my son will adore this… we have been doing lots of cutting since taking part in the challenge and this is lovely!


  • maria Posted December 5, 2011 6:50 am

    They are wonderful! I love the bright images:)

  • Christie-Childhood 101 Posted December 5, 2011 7:23 am

    What a fun idea and great images!

  • Amber Posted December 5, 2011 8:32 am

    Turned out well!

  • Rashmie @MommyLabs Posted December 5, 2011 8:39 am

    Brilliant idea. So much fun these handmade puzzles are…
    The images you’ve chosen are beautiful….

  • Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree Posted December 5, 2011 9:02 am

    Great idea! These puzzles will be enjoyed every holiday season for years to come! My daughter has been obsessed with puzzles lately and she would Love this!

  • Roopa Posted December 5, 2011 9:19 am

    Perfect for the holidays !! Love the idea 🙂

  • Laura@art4littlehands Posted December 5, 2011 11:46 am

    What a wonderful idea. They turned out very nice. Simple and easy to do too. My 2 year old is frustrated with our puzzles. I think she could do these.

  • Esther Posted December 5, 2011 1:48 pm

    I love the idea of recycling the magazine to puzzles! My daughter will love it!

    Love the snow flurries! Feels so festive!

  • Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan Posted December 5, 2011 2:04 pm

    So cool! I love simple and fun ideas that only take a minute to prep! For all of you at home mama… contact paper works well if you don’t have access to a laminater!

  • michelle Posted December 5, 2011 2:09 pm

    what a clever idea!!!

  • jen @ Posted December 5, 2011 5:23 pm

    my little one is obsessed with puzzles – this is a must do! love it!

  • Leslie S. Posted December 5, 2011 6:40 pm


  • Juliet Posted December 5, 2011 7:01 pm

    Hello Deborah

    You are going to REALLY laugh but this has given me just the inspiration I needed for some indoor activities with a pile of catalogues!

    Craftily yours 🙂

  • Deedee Wills Posted December 5, 2011 8:56 pm

    What a great idea! We can cut the picture into more pieces for kindergarten. Oh, you got my wheels turning! Thank you!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 5, 2011 9:43 pm

    Haha – You are right Juliet!! I am giggling:) I love you!!

  • Clemencia Posted December 6, 2011 9:03 pm

    What an awesome idea, easy to make and perfect for all ages too, thanks a lot 🙂

  • Melissa @imaginationsoup Posted December 7, 2011 12:44 am

    such a good idea – I love it!

  • Rachelle | TinkerLab Posted December 7, 2011 1:06 am

    Thank you for the suggestion, Jill! I have tons of contact paper, and will get right to work on making some puzzles.

  • Rachelle | TinkerLab Posted December 7, 2011 1:07 am

    Deborah, this is just wonderful! My 3 year old will adore these puzzles and I think I’ll make her a set for the holidays. Thank you, thank you for your endless amazing ideas.

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