Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Greeting Card Puzzles

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I dislike greeting cards for two main reasons.  One, they are expensive.  I personally cannot justify paying that kind of money for a card that most people probably only glance at before disposing of them.  Two, I never know what to do with them afterwards.  I hate throwing them away since I like reading what people have written inside and because sometimes the pictures on the front are just plain awesome.

Well, my husband's birthday just passed and we were left with some more greeting cards.  One, in particular, caught my eye and I knew that I could use it for something for the boys.

Recycle greeting cards by turning them into puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Just last week, it finally dawned on me what I could reuse greeting cards for: craft stick puzzles.  I have seen lots of craft stick puzzles while browsing for busy bag ideas, but I hadn't made one yet.  So why not use the front of a recycled greeting card as the picture for the puzzle?!

Here's how it turned out.  Dare I say it was a slam dunk?

Craft stick puzzles for kids made by recycling greeting cards from And Next Comes L

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Awesome, right?  Well, you can make one of your own too.

Materials
  • Recycled greeting card
  • Glue
  • Utility knife
  • Tape
  • Craft sticks
Line up all the craft sticks that you need.  Tape the sticks together to hold them in place.  Flip the sticks over and glue the greeting card to the sticks.  I cheated and used my Xyron Sticker Maker instead of using a glue stick.  Use the utility knife to cut the pieces of the puzzle and remove the tape.  And voila!

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12 comments:

  1. Dyan, I love this idea! I'd love to use it with my clients as a fine motor/visual skills activity! Thanks for sharing. Will share with my readers and pin!!

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  2. I love that you recycled the card into a fun activity...but more, I love that you used popsicle sticks too!! I have hundreds of them in the craft room...perfect!! Great idea!

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  3. Oh that's a brilliant idea.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.

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  4. The sticks also can be drawn on with Sharpie markers and crayons to create scenes from favorite stories like "Frog and Toad" or "Caps for Sale".

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    1. That's a great idea too! I just chose to use greeting cards simply because I was looking for a fun way to recycle them.

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  5. I take two cards of similar size and cut off the backs. I then line the fronts up inside to inside. Next punch holes around three sides, tie a piece of yarn at one side with unpunched side at the top. Your child can then lace the two pieces together. We usually give these out around Christmas to folks at the nursing home. We sometimes add a bookmark or a piece of wrapped candy.

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    1. That's a nice idea! I am sure the folks at the nursing home appreciate it.

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  6. This is just a wonderful idea, I am already to think about Christmas gifts after reading this.
    Thanks, Kathleen
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    1. That would be some early planning!

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