I love creating DIY puzzles for my kids. I usually use cardboard but for sure popsicle sticks, wooden blocks and even fabrics can be used to make DIY puzzles. My favorite one is cardboard, because it is always very easy to give shapes and color cardboards.
You can create many options with this idea. Addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
Puzzle is a great way of teaching and learning, isn’t it? You can prepare many puzzles to make your school age kid learn easier. Layers of earth, ocean, atmosphere or etc. I prepared this puzzle for my 6yo son. While he is making this puzzle, he asks many questions about the theme. Great fun!
MB loves spending time in the kitchen. He prepares pasta, muffins and smoothie himself. When I ask his dream job, he directly says “Cook”. And he wants to be a cook, because he wants to cook for all homeless kids. This answer is melting my heart. This activity is great for boosting self-confidence, too. We named the place “MB’s Food Corner”, we were customers and MB was the chef. We ordered and he cooked, served for us. When you look into the setup, I am sure that you will see many skills in it, even more than I wrote below.
You can have fun while strengthening hand muscles with clothespins and matching patterns. For older kids you can add more patterns. You can use markers if you don’t have washi tapes.
Some activities are suitable for both little and big kids. If you prepare this activity as line tracing, so it will be suitable for 2 year olds. If you add patterns to it, so your 6 years old probably will love this idea a lot. Briefly, it was a great sibling play for my kids.
The only thing you need to do is preparing codes on papers with colorful pens. It is possible to create coding activity with many things. This time we used colorful mushroom nails. If you don’t have this, you can use pompoms, pebbles, toy cars or else.
While counting, possible to strengthen hand muscles. Simple setups are great helpers for parents. Yes, it is very easy setup and includes many skills in it like color sorting, counting, hand-eye coordination, fine motor control and more.
Stamping is always too much for the kids. So you can turn this fun into counting activity.
While having counting fun, you can strengthen your hand muscles, too. Colorful paper clips are really great for setting up many activities.