Importance of Puzzles
Puzzles are excellent resources for encouraging the development of a number of skills. These include fine-motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination, thinking and problem-solving skills, patience and persistence, observation and planning skills, goal-setting, and visual-spatial awareness. They are also a great way to increase self-esteem as children persist and experience a sense of achievement and pride within themselves when they reach their end goal.
You will need:
Wooden blocks of the same size and shape.
Tape (or glue depending on how permanent you want this resource to be)
What to do:
Arrange the blocks so they form a rectangle and print off an image of the zombie that will fit the rectangle you have made.
Measure and mark on the back of the zombie image a grid that matches the blocks. This will provide you with a guide of where to cut with the scissors.
Using the scissors, cut the image along the grid so the pieces will fit the blocks.
Arrange the paper pieces on the blocks to see if they fit.
Glue or tape the paper puzzle pieces to the blocks.
To make this puzzle a little more challenging, you could add an image of a different zombie to the opposite side of the blocks.
You could use more or less blocks for different levels of complexity. Eg 3 blocks for one zombie or 10 blocks for one zombie.