Last week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we shared a few ways to enjoy our puzzle-themed printable. One idea was to have a puzzle treasure hunt! Our guest blogger Joyce (Childhood Beckons) expanded on this concept in her recent blog post: Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt!
Here’s how the educational scavenger hunt works:
1) Divide your puzzle pieces into 10 separate envelopes (she used our 100 Piece Solar System Jigsaw Puzzle so that each envelope contained an equal amount of pieces)
2) Create rhyming clues for all the place you want to hide the pieces (her examples are below, OR print your own using her blank printable template)
3) Place the clues inside the envelopes, and hide them throughout the house!
4) Once everything is set-up, ask your child to go find the clues to help build their puzzle! (This is perfect for cold, or rainy days as your child can run around a bit and get some energy out!)
5) Once all the pieces are collected and before you begin to assemble your puzzle, use this as an opportunity to practice “counting by tens”.
Now, put together your puzzle and enjoy!
For more “puzzle play” activities, check out these related blog posts:
- 5 Cool NEW Ways to Play with Puzzles
- 3 Extension Activities for Floor Puzzles
- Create-Your-Own Puzzle Printable (Plus 3 Activity Tips!)
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Joyce is the mom behind Childhood Beckons, where she encourages parents to focus on their families and the childhood that beckons them. Her motto is “Childhood is calling my son to play and explore. And childhood is calling me to help him on his journey.” She enjoys discovering creative ways to play and learn and passing along her family’s favorites. You can find Joyce on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.