Hi friends! Today’s activity only took me a few minutes to set up and engaged my three year old twins for quite awhile- a giant block puzzle!
DIY Giant Block Puzzle
What you need:
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- Large sheets of paper (we used drawing paper from a roll like THIS– you could use anything you have on hand, even newspaper!)
- Tape (we like to use painter’s tape so it easily comes up from the floor)
- Building blocks of various shapes (the set pictured is THIS one from Haba- best blocks hands-down)
- A writing utensil to trace your shapes.
Tape large sheets of paper to the floor to make a giant canvas. Scatter your blocks across the paper.
Now, trace around your blocks using whatever you have on hand. I started with a Sharpie but didn’t want to get too many marks on our blocks, so I switched to crayon and then went back and traced over it with the marker. Even with this extra step, it only took me a few minutes to do. The outlines don’t have to be perfect.
Now, scatter your blocks around the outside of the paper or put them in a basket and then add your children.
Mine got right to work finding the right spots for all of the blocks.
This activity was fun, simple, and stimulates so many areas of development.
Language– shape vocabulary, descriptive/comparative vocabulary (short/long, etc.)
Social skills– The twins worked together to find the right blocks for the different outlines, helping each other see the more subtle differences in shape and size. It was really interesting to watch!
Motor– both fine and gross motor skills were called upon to complete the giant puzzle
Problem-solving and reasoning
I hope you enjoyed our quick and easy block puzzle activity. Let me know in the comments if you try it out yourself- I’d love to hear how it went!
You might also enjoy our Language Basics posts where we talk all about language and how to stimulate it in your own home. Thanks for reading!