Children love to work on puzzles in the classroom. Playing with puzzles helps build spatial awareness skills. Spatial awareness refers to a person's recognition of how he or she, or an object, interacts with space. It's looking at your environment and seeing how items fit into that environment. Playing with puzzles allows a child to determine which piece goes where and then manipulate the piece to get into that shape. Why not take this idea out into nature and the outdoors by creating a nature puzzle with rocks? Children will enjoy manipulating the pieces of nature to fit inside of any shape. You can use a variety of seasonal pieces to keep this activity fun and exciting! Here is what you'll need to get started:
- A large piece of paper or poster board
- Nature pieces - You can collect stones and rocks (seashells, sticks, acorns and more can be substituted)
Here's what to do:
- Make a shape outline. Hearts, circles, triangles, or a square are some ideas.
- Put your nature pieces around and in the shape that you have chosen.
This is a great fine motor activity and is a good way to practice hand-eye coordination and explore the outdoors!