Children love learning with real pictures. That’s why this alphabet family photo puzzle activity is perfect for young children! However, it’s versatile enough to adapt for older kids too.
This activity has been reprinted with permission from the publisher from book (affiliate) 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS
There’s something about seeing yourself and others that you know in the pictures that motivates kids more than even their favorite cartoon character. I think that is why even very active kids will sit down and do these puzzles with you. So, here’s how to make them.
DIY Family Photo Puzzles
All you need to make your puzzles are family photos, scrapbooking or construction paper, scissors, glue, and marker. You could have your older child make this for a younger child, or do it together.
I decided to make alphabet puzzles, but you could make word and even story puzzles by changing up what you write below the picture after gluing it to the construction paper. You’ll want to decide what you are going to do before you take or look for the pictures you are going to use. I decided to take special pictures just for my family photo puzzles. Also, it was a great chance to have my older daughter practice taking some pictures. My kids love to get behind the camera which is a learning activity in itself.
Next, you’ll glue your pictures to the paper so that only an inch or so is showing below the picture. Then write what you want below the picture and cut them up into strips vertically across the photo. You can vary the difficulty of your family photo puzzles by cutting more or less strips. I kept mine wide for my preschooler.
Now you can mix all of the puzzles together, depending on how many you have and how hard you want to make the activity. Have your children try and put them together and then read the words, or letters at the bottom of their completed family photo puzzles!
I think this makes a great busy bag activity and can’t wait to make more for my other kids. How about you? What kind of family photo puzzles will you make with your kids? If you like this activity, make sure you grab your copy of (affiliate) 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids!