Homemade Custom Puzzles & Educational Toys

Custom made puzzles and educational crafts are cheap and easy. Here are some ideas for these homemade toys that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers

Kids are always looking for some novelty. Often educational toys are very costly. Here are some ideas for homemade toys that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.

1. Match the colors

Material

"žX Various colored craft or poster papers.

"žX One poster board

"žX Glue

"žX Paper fastener

"žX Magazine pictures or cutouts.

Cut a circle of about 12¡¨ diameter from poster board.

Divide it into 6 or 8 equal parts.

Stick colored paper pieces to each part.

Cut an arrow from poster board. Cover it with colored paper.

Attach it to the center of the circle with a paper fastener.

Collect various pictures of animals, flowers, fruits, and vegetables with one dominant color.

Or you can cut different shapes out of same colored poster papers.

Ask a preschooler to rotate the arrow. Ask him to tell the color where the arrow points at and to identify the picture or shape with matching color.

For toddlers

They can just match the colors. There is no need to name the color.

Variations:

The same game can be used to match shapes. (You can draw shapes on the circle)

Or items belonging to the same group. For e.g.: animals, fruits, flowers etc.

2. Match the alphabets

"žX Poster board.

"žX Markers

"žX Colored paper (optional)

Cut various shapes like circles, squares, and triangles out of poster board.

They should be big enough to accommodate 2¡¨ tall alphabet.

Write down alphabets on each of them.

You can stick colored paper and then write the alphabets.

Draw the same on the bigger poster board.

The child has to match the letter on the shape with the letter on the board.

Variations:

You can make two sets of alphabets for e.g.: squares and triangles.

Draw only one shape on the board.

Now the child has to match the letter and the shape on the card with the same on the board.

This improves an ability to distinguish between shapes and grouping the same ones together.



For older children same game can be used with words i.e. write words instead of alphabets or

You can write an alphabet on the piece of paper and the word starting with that on the board.

3. Make a pattern.

"žX Poster board.

"žX Glue

"žX Various colored papers

"žX Markers

Cut various shapes out of poster board around 1¡¨ big. (squares, triangles, circles, pentagons, hexagons, ovals etc)

Stick colored paper.

Cut square poster board.

Draw a pattern on it.

For e.g.: square, square, circle, pentagon or pentagon, triangle, circle, square

The length of the pattern can vary according to the age of the child.

The child has to look at the pattern and make the same on the paper by placing these colored shapes.

4. Puzzles

"žX Poster board

"žX Various colored papers

"žX Markers

"žX Big stickers or pictures from magazines or cutouts like flowers, Butterflies, shapes

"žX Glue

Cut 1 or 2 square feet piece (depending on the age of the child) out of poster board.

Stick pieces of colored paper randomly leaving some white spaces in between.

Stick large pictures or shapes.

Do not stick more than 2 or 3 large pictures.

Cut the board any way you like.

For toddlers you can cut the board in straight 4 to 6 pieces.

For preschoolers you can cut it into 10 to 12 zigzag or curved pieces.

On another same size piece of board draw the outline of the puzzle pieces as you have cut them.

This facilitates puzzle solving.

The child can then arrange the puzzle on this piece of board.

5. Clock

"žX One poster board

"žX Glue

"žX Paper fastener

Cut a circle of about 12¡¨ diameter from poster board.

Divide it into 12 equal parts.

Stick colored paper pieces to each part.

Number them form 1 to 12.

Cut two hands (big and small) from poster board. Cover it with different colored paper.

Attach it to the center of the circle with a paper fastener.

It can be used to teach clock reading.

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