This weeks #toolsforlearning challenge is to use foam stickers. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we couldn’t resist creating a Broken Hearts Puzzle using glitter foam heart stickers.
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Setting up the activity was straightforward. I took a large heart shaped frame (purchased from Wilco) and removed the glass and white mount. On the white backing paper I placed 13 glitter heart foam stickers (similar to these on Amazon).
I then set about cutting the hearts. Some I cut straight down the middle and others I cut off just a small section. The rest I cut using a variety of zig zags or curved lines. I made sure that no two coloured hearts were cut the same way. I then peeled the backing away from one half of each sticker and positioned it onto the white paper in the frame. The other half of the heart I kept the backing paper in place and put them into a heart shaped container.
It was time to play our game. Adam and I took it in turns to take one half a heart from the container and find its corresponding piece within the frame. Once it was found we positioned the two halves together to complete the heart.
The activity made Adam focus on the differences between each heart. First he would locate the hearts that were the same colour and then he described whether the cut in the heart was straight, curved or a zig zag. Positioning the two halves together developed his fine motor skills. The slightly raised foam sticker that was stuck to the photo frame gave Adam a base on which to position the other half next to and complete the puzzle.
Once the entire heart frame was completed Adam removed all the non-sticky hearts and placed them back into the container. He then started the puzzle again. He repeated this for 45 minutes straight. Towards the end he became incredibly quick at locating the other half of the heart and completing the puzzle.
As we didn’t remove the backing of one half of each heart sticker Adam is able to use his broken heart puzzle as a busy bag. It is an activity he can return to time and time again.
* Large heart shaped photo frame – similar to this on Amazon
* Glitter foam Heart Stickers – similar to these on Amazon
Check out these Sticker activities as part of the #toolsforlearning series:
Transportation Theme Preschool Activities from Life Over C’s
Foam Stickers Process Art from Still Playing School
Fill in the Bugs from Learning 2 Walk
Valentine’s Day Hearts Decorated with Foam Stickers from Crafty Mama in ME
Shape Puzzle with Foam Stickers from Mom Inspired Life
DIY I Spy Foam Book by Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Foam Sticker & Rolling Pin Painting Project for Kids from Play Dough & Popsicles
Letter Sticker Matching Activity from Books and Giggles
Foam Sticker Writing Activity from The Kindergarten Connection
Foam Stickers Name Puzzles from Teach Me Mommy
Seasons Weather Sorting Activity with Foam Stickers from In The Playroom
Fun Foam Sticker Letter Match Activity from Artsy Momma
Sticker Shape Matching from Play & Learn Everyday
DIY Maths Game for Kids from Mum in the Mad House
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