I love puzzles - they're great tool to help teach tots about shapes, problem solving, fine motor, etc. but let's face it -- puzzles don't get the attention they deserve.
This is a really easy, fun way to add an extra challenge (and sensory experience) to playing with puzzles. All you need is a tub or bowl, beans/rice/rocks (something that your child can dig through that's not too messy), and puzzles! I used these two foam puzzles from the dollar store to help G practice letters & numbers. But really, you can use any puzzle you want!
Here's a few ways you can adapt this idea:
Kids love to dig for the puzzle pieces and the sensory experience stimulates a different part of their brains they wouldn't be using otherwise. G LOVED this activity and was so proud of her completed puzzle!
Colleen is a former Kindergarten teacher and early childhood educator turned stay-at-home mommy. She's an educational consultant with Usborne Books & More and has a passion for literacy and early childhood education! She enjoys reading and spending time with her toddler, G.
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