From the age of 3, children's games can become a fundamental support for the foundation of children's learning. We cannot ignore that when children learn by having fun, they learn more and better.
The craft that we propose now is very simple. Is about a homemade puzzle made of wooden sticks for children to learn vowels, playing to match them with an image and a color.
- Wood sticks
- White glue and brush
- Scissors and cutter
- Plastic cups
- Scotch tape
Now that you know what materials you need, we will teach you how to create these puzzles step by step. When your children play with them, by handling the pieces, you will be promoting the development of fine motor skills or fine motor skills, in addition to providing knowledge. What do you think of the idea?
Follow the step by step carefully to know how to make these homemade puzzles. We teach you to create the base that will allow you to let your imagination fly to create a thousand and one fun and educational puzzles for your children.
1. To start making this beautiful educational toy with which your children will give you more than one smile, you have to place 5 wooden sticks together horizontally. The width of the sticks should be about 2.5 cm each. Then, fix them to the work table around the ends with some electrical tape.
2. Now put the sticks aside, because we are going to continue preparing the images we want to work with. Remember that the objective of this game is to reinforce the learning of vowels, so you need to find 5 words that are objects and that begin with the letters a, e, i, o and u. For example: tree, star, island, eye and grape.
3. Then cut out your image and put it face down on a piece of paper or newspaper. With the help of a brush, carefully spread a very thin layer of white glue and then glue the image onto the popsicle sticks. We recommend using a flat brush number 6.
We have used an image, but you can make your own drawing or substitute the image and the drawing to paint directly on the wooden sticks with markers, watercolors or tempera. If you have older children, they will surely be happy to help you with this creative step. Repeat this process with the rest and Let them dry for at least 1 hour.
4. If you have used the technique of pasting an image or a drawing, then you have to use the utility knife to separate the wooden sticks again. You can use a ruler as a guide. Make sure the utility knife is sharp and sharp! The goal is to cut the image, but if the cutter is not in good condition, you can drag the paper instead of cutting. Repeat the process with the rest of the images or drawings.
As a sharp object must be used, this step must be carried out by an adult.
5. Do you remember that before we had told you that we can also take advantage of this homemade puzzle to make a color relationship? Well let's get to it!
To do this, we are going to assign a color to each of the puzzles; a color that is related to the object that we have captured.
In the puzzle of A, we have drawn a tree, so we can relate it to the color green, because the treetops are green. In this simple way, you will get your children to associate information and develop their memory. What is it wonderful at? And you have done it with your own hands!
We are going to continue with the vowel E. You can work this vowel with the word star and create a relationship with the color yellow. If you ask a child what color the stars are, they will probably say yellow, although for many adults they are white.
For the vowel I we have chosen the word island, but if you liked the idea of introducing colors, you can use the word magnet, and find, for example, the image of a red magnet.
With the O we have the word bear. But ... if it is Ragged Bear! Hello, Rag-bear! To work, for example with the color blue, you can use the word eye instead of the word bear, and look for an image of an eye that is blue.
And finally, with the U, grapes, and the color purple.
You have got some beautiful puzzles! We are going to make some very simple containers so they don't spoil and you can store them comfortably.
6. Finally, we only have to find some containers that allow us to sort by letters and colors. You only need 5 plastic cups, preferably tall, tube, to paste on each of them the vowels A, E, I, O and U in the corresponding color, that is, if for A you have used the word tree and thus be able to work with the color green, the letter you paste on the glass must be this color. Following our examples, it would look like this: A is green, E is yellow, I is red, O is blue and U is purple.
And from here you can continue creating all the puzzles that you can think of.
From the age of 3, children begin to think differently and develop cognitive abilities that allow them to learn colors and numbers. They also begin to understand and follow simple instructions such as 'you have to brush your teeth' or 'you have to put on your pajamas'. On the other hand, they begin to understand the passage of time, differentiating morning from night and days of the week. Don't be caught by surprise! Because they also begin a phase of fantasy and imagination where they try to imitate everything they see.
On a grammatical level, they can already learn some basic rules since, as a general rule, they already say their name, understand new words, and although they use short sentences, they can communicate clearly enough to be understood. It is also remarkable physical, social and emotional development.
This homemade puzzle that we have proposed delves into all these aspects since we reinforce the learning of vowels and colors, but we also stimulate their language by having a conversation with them while we play with the wooden pieces.
We wish you many hours of playing together accompanied by thousands of smiles!