Problem Solving: Fall Puzzle

I wrote a little about the prep for this puzzle in Fall Week 1, but I will break it down a bit more here. You can also find the complete materials list there too. You will see it’s not very complicated and it only took me about 5 minutes to prep. So, don’t dread getting ready for this activity, it will go quickly!

I first free handed 4 different kids of pumpkins on 4 different colors of paper. I’m crafty, but I’m no artist, so don’t judge my pumpkins! Believe me if your pumpkins don’t look so great your little one will not care! Next, I cut out all of the pumpkins so that I could make an exact copy of it in the same color.

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Cut out the second set of pumpkins. You should now have 8 total pumpkins, 4 pairs. Glue 1 of each pair onto a whole sheet of construction paper. I chose brown, I’d like to think it’s because I was going for a fall look, mostly I’m just severely running out of construction paper and no one ever wants brown… but it works out.

There you go, it’s a fall pumpkin puzzle. I mentioned in the summary in Fall Week 1 that you could do a lot of different shapes like leaves and apples if you wanted to, or you could do a little bit of each shape. If I make another one this season I’m going to make one with several different fall shapes.

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It looks like a pretty easy puzzle right, and it is. I don’t want it to be too hard because that won’t be fun. The point of doing something like this is to offer something fresh, a new problem solving activity. New things that appeal to your child will be really fun to do. My son ended up doing it 3 times in a row. Then, he was ready to move on, I put it away, and since he doesn’t see it all the time, when I get it back out in a week or 2 he will be excited to try again.

Like anything for your toddler or preschooler the learning is not in the accomplishment, but rather in the process and in your interactions with them. Look at this puzzle as more of a conversation starter for you. Colors & shapes, size, which one is tall? Which is small? Which is wide? Why a pumpkin puzzle? Are you going to get a pumpkin? Where do pumpkins come from? Just be creative and have fun talking and getting to work together on this little puzzle!

Happy Playing!

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