DIY Recyclable Puzzles for Kids

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Recyclable Puzzles: DIY

Recyclable Puzzles are simple, homemade puzzles using recyclables.  They are easy to make, FREE and support recycling.  They have become my favorite arts and crafts activity with my grand kids.   

2 Simple Steps:

  1. Choose a front panel of a cardboard box.  I usually use cereal boxes or snack boxes because  the picture is familiar to the kids but any cardboard box will do. 
  2. Allow your young child to cut the front panel of the box into pieces and then have them put the panel back together.  Once the panel is cut up, store the pieces in a Ziplock bag.

Kids love to play puzzles and there are many benefits:

  1. Fine Motor Skills Development
  2. Shape Recognition and Geometry
  3. Eye hand coordination
  4. Reinforces knowledge of environmental print
  5. Practice Problem solving 
  6. Helps to build patience and attention span. 

Recyclable Puzzles: Tips for Success

  1. Remind kids to put completed puzzles away in Ziplock bag (zipped) when finished before another puzzle is attempted.  
  2. When possible keep a second front panel to use as a model.  When that is not available, be sure to take a photo before the box is cut up. In this way, kids can use the picture stored on our phone if they need help.
  3. Use familiar boxes or pictures.  It is much easier reassemble a puzzle when kids know what it “should” look like. 
  4. Number the back of each puzzle with a marker and circle the last number so you know you have the last piece.  How many times have you worked on a puzzle for a long time and found out at the end that you were missing a piece?   
  5. When allowing older kids to make puzzles for younger siblings or cousins, be sure to explain the importance of cutting up fewer, larger pieces.  Great opportunity to teach them about how we all learn.  It’s best to start with something simple when learning something new.   
  6. Ask kids to “autograph” their puzzle creation.  They will love turning the pieces over to put together their names!  

Recyclable puzzles are convenient to make and tons of fun.  Why not cut up some boxes today? 

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