As you may know especially if you have a preschooler, frustration is learning’s enemy. Challenging is positive but when you cross into frustration with many kids the activity is all but lost. A few simple adjustments can make all the difference, like adding magnets to your puzzle, so pieces stay right where you put them. I was sent a box of crafty supplies from Craftprojectideas.com these magnetic sheets were the first thing to catch my eye. I immediately knew what I was going to do with them. Using a book cover is a fun activity for an author’s studies
- Gather your materials. I decided to make the puzzle out of a book that recently got ravaged by a baby girl who we will not name. We luckily had two copies so I decided to use it for this, you could also use a print out of a picture, cereal box etc… you will also need some magnetic sheets and scissors. Also a cookie sheet to complete the puzzle.
- Start by cutting your cover or picture to size .
- Now it’s time for peeling and sticking the magnet sheets on.
- Cut the pieces, I did some huge so it’s not too tricky and a few smaller for a challenge. I flipped the pieces over to better show the shapes.
- Invite your kids to read the book.
- Show them the puzzle. My son was shocked I’d turned out favorite book into a puzzle.
- He loved that even if the pieces didn’t all connect the magnets kept them where he wanted them.
- Since they were stuck to the tray even if a certain book ripping baby came by to grab at it, the puzzle was unscathed.
- Huge success on many levels, and totally easy to make.
David Shannon Books
Alice The Fairy is such a sweet book about a fairy who is still learning the ropes. I love the spells she casts and kids relate to her type of magic, I promise! I love that this book is about a fairy but not the Disney idea that we are so often bombarded with. It’s fresh, fun and I can’t wait for my daughter to enjoy doing more than using it as a teether because I know she will love it.
Duck on a Bike tickles my funny bone. I love this book, the message is awesome too. Just because it’s never been done before doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try! Also how cute is a duck riding a bike? The illustrations are amazing and your child will love the farm animals.
No, David! is probably the author’s best-known book, in it, we follow the misadventures of little David and his eventual disciplining and hug from his mom! This book is a wonderful gateway into talking about rules with a class, I have successfully used it as a reminder about rules and why we have them. Kids love watching other kids do naughty things, so this book is always a hit with toddlers on up.
Disclosure: As stated above I was sent the magnetic sheets free of charge to do with what I wished from Craftprojectideas.com , I have not been paid for this post.