for children ages 18 months and up with Adult Participation
These jumbo knob puzzles are so fun! The large size and bright colors really excited my kids! We decided to try an active play game with Large Shapes Jumbo Knob Puzzle by Melissa & Doug because it was hot outside and we needed to get moving! To start I took all of the pieces out of the puzzle and arranged them at one end of the hallway.
I sat with the puzzle at the other end of the hallway and I told my 3 year old: “Look at this shape (pointing to the shape). It has 4 sides that are all the same. It’s a SQUARE. Can you bring me the SQUARE?” He would then very excitedly go off down the hall to find the shape and bring it back. When he came back I would ask “What did you find?” and he would shout out the name of the shape he found!
|Large Shapes Jumbo Knob Puzzle|
He loved the movement involved in the game, but more importantly he practiced learning shape names by having to retain the information he learned all the down the hallway and back.
For my 22 month old little girl we used the In the Garden Jumbo Knob Puzzle by Melissa & Doug. I would say: “Can you find the bird for mommy? He looks like this (pointing to the puzzle board)” She would then get the bird puzzle piece from the end of the hallway and bring it back to me. She played this game with me 4 times and then when I said we were all done she played it by herself! This was great vocabulary practice and lots of active indoor fun too!
|In the Garden Jumbo Knob Puzzle|
- With an older child you can say the name of the shape or just give clues like It has four sides that are all the same size. You can also write the word for the shape on a piece of paper.
- You can also make the distance further to make it more difficult. Put the pieces in a closet in a different room or even under a blanket in the same room!
Samantha is a stay at home mom of five children under the age of five. She teaches preschool from her home and loves it! She loves coming up with unique ways for her children and students to learn because when kids are having fun they learn so much better! You can find more activities and fun stuff at Samantha's blog Little Hands Big Work.