Children learn spatial relationships and begin to recognize shapes as they work with (play with) puzzles. They may enjoy mazes or are drawn to the challenge of putting together picture puzzles. Just like you, pictures emerge for them as their pieces snap together.

In creating inexpensive puzzles, all you need to do is spend a few minutes rummaging around in your kitchen pantry. Find cereal boxes, cracker boxes, rice boxes or mac & cheese boxes. Cut the box fronts into pieces and have your young learner put the pre-cut shapes back together. The puzzles you make today will add interest as familar pictures get assembled. One added benefit is you are also supporting print awareness. (More on that on another day!)

Some of your puzzle creations should have two pieces. You might focus on positional words such as top and bottom, over and under or first and last. Some puzzles should be created with three pieces so you can add positional words of: next, in-between, and middle. As you puzzle master becomes more adept as putting pieces together, begin to make puzzles with outside pieces and inside pieces. Your puzzle builder will begin to recognize that straight lines go on the outside and become the edges.

Store your puzzles in labled quart-sized baggies. They will become a handy resource when you need them for another day.


Puzzles come to me in bits. Do I see a piece that fits? Where’s the corner with a square? If I find it, I’ll start there.

I see two pieces that will link, Oh how a puzzle makes me think! A picture I will buidl today, What fun a puzzles is for play! -ck (C)

Hope you have a day of fun!

See you tomorrow,


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