Mama's Treasure Box: Puzzles and Sorting Cards

 

For the past few weeks, we have been talking about Mama’s Treasure Box. To read previous posts, click the highlighted link below:

Traveling Coloring Organizers

Books, Books, Books

 Shape Puzzles

Shape Puzzles

Puzzles and sorting cards are a fantastic addition to the Treasure Box and can help teach children--depending on their age--a variety of skills including the alphabet and word families. My son loves to put puzzles together, so I set out to find puzzles that would help with letters and numbers, as well as colors and shapes.  

 Color sorting cards

Color sorting cards

Some of the cards we have in our Treasure Box are flashcards; however, we do not use them as repetitive drill and practice. Instead, we make our own games for them like go fish, sorting, or playing memory. We also use the color and shape cards to play “I Spy” to find other colors and shapes around the room.

 word puzzles

word puzzles

Puzzles are a fantastic way to keep kids entertained and keep them from getting too rowdy. Our Treasure Box has alphabet and number sequencing cards. These cards are a great way to help kids identify letters and numbers.

 number puzzles

number puzzles

We spread the puzzle pieces out on the table and then begin looking for the letters and numbers in order. Some of the puzzles have interlocking pieces and others are just a picture that will not be complete if it is out of order. Either way, these puzzles are a fun way to learn about sequencing and identifying letters and numbers.  

 Puzzle Tip

Puzzle Tip

Puzzle Tip: For puzzles that are double-sided, color one corner of one side of the puzzles the same color to make it easier for your child to determine which side is up on the puzzles. I also use a marker to make a line that matches up on each puzzle to help them become self-correcting. If the lines do not match, the puzzle pieces do not match either. This is an easy way to help your child build confidence in doing the puzzles on their own!

Coming up next week: Pattern Blocks