Good morning! I am Erica and I blog at Spoonful of Imagination. Today, I am thrilled to be able to share with you a quick activity you can do with your kids to help celebrate Valentines Day. Although I am so excited to guest post, I might secretly (and publicly) wish I were hanging out with Angela in sunny Florida at the BEECH retreat right now.
Here is how you can do my DIY Heart Puzzle.
First off, I browse Target’s dollar bins way too much. I often buy things that I love and then come up with what I will do with them later. This was the case with the pretty Valentines Day paper I scored there last week.
I started by picking out two pieces of 12” x 12” paper and cutting huge hearts out of each piece. I decided to make two heart puzzles for the different skill levels of my two boys.
For my Kindergartener, I cut a multi shape/size piece puzzle. For my preschooler, I kept it simpler and just cut the heart into strips with jagged edges. Looking back this was still a bit hard for him. I should have just cut the heart into straight pieces. I adapted as we went by having him first identify the longest piece. One piece at a time, he put the pieces in length order from longest to shortest, and we then rotated each piece to see how it would fit together to form the heart.
I love seeing the teamwork of the boys helping each other with their puzzle. This activity fostered thinking, teamwork, talking about size and space, and it was just fun!
Once the boys had put their puzzles together, we picked up one piece at a time and glued it onto another 12” x 12” piece of paper.
We had a lot of fun doing this puzzle. I love crafts and I love fun activities with my kids, so this was a win-win project for us! I hope you get a chance to try it, too.
I hope you all will visit me at a Spoonful of Imagination where I write posts from the belief that if you add a spoonful of imagination into every area of your life, it will be a more beautiful life!
Thanks Angela for the chance to guest post today!
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