Thursday, March 07, 2013

Simple Puzzle Cards Using Squares

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I have been wanting to make some more busy bags lately so here is the most recent addition to our collection...

  • Craft foam, cut into 1" squares
  • Card stock, cut into little cards approximately 4" x 5"
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Markers

Puzzle cards and foam squares
How to Make Your Own
Using the foam that you have cut, lay a pattern on a piece of card stock.  Trace the pattern using a pencil.  Use the ruler and marker to trace the outline of the puzzle.  Repeat, using different patterns.  For an optional step, you could laminate them so that they will hold up better to wear and tear.
Putting the squares onto the puzzle card
I made eight different puzzle cards, all with simple shapes on them.  K has shown no interest in this busy bag yet.  J, on the other hand, gave it a try and completed all of the puzzles within 20 seconds on his first try.  Obviously, they were way too easy for him.  However, he has used the foam squares to make his own patterns.  In his usual fashion, those patterns were in the shapes of letters and numbers.
See...totally ignoring the card now.
Making the number 4
Making the number 7
Making the letter O
Making the letter T