Puzzle of wooden tongue depressors

14/05/2017 Acrylic paint , Numbers , Recycling , Wood 754 Views

Puzzles are fun but can also be educational. This is a puzzle that children can make themselves, have fun while assembling them and learn numbers. We took the idea from the site craftymorning.com where you can find a bunch of interesting projects for kids.

Step 1

wooden tongue depressors

Instead of tongue depressors, you can usePopsicle

For creating this puzzle, you will need a fewtongue depressors. The number of it is determined by the size of the picture on the puzzle. In our case, it is a smaller puzzle of 9 segments. Instead oftongue depressors, you can also use Popsicleor some other similar material.

Step 2

butterfly coloring

find a picture for a puzzle in coloring book

In addition to wooden sticks, you will need the image that will fit. Choose a motif that you like in the coloring book. We chose it to be a colorful butterfly.

Step 3

tongue depressorsconnected with adhesive tape

Arrange all the wooden sticks next to each other and align them. Glue a few sticky tapes across of them to be fixed in this position.

Step 4

Mirror a butterfly using indigo

Use carbon paper to transfer the image contours on wooden sticks

Turn the wooden sticks so that the tape is on the back, place carbon paper over them and then place a drawing of a butterfly over everything. Go over the lines in the drawing with the pencil to transfer the contour on wooden sticks.

Step 5


For coloring use acrylic paint, markers or colored pencils

You transferred the contours of a butterfly on the wooden sticks. With the help of acrylic paints repaint a butterfly.

Step 6

Writing numbers

Mark each wooden stick with a number, letter, day of the week or a month

When the colors dry; use the markers to mark each stick with numbers from 1 to 9.

Step 7

Puzzle ofwooden tongue depressors

Numbers will help children if they cannot arrange the picture. In this way, they will learn the numbers and sequence numbers to be able to arrange a picture. Instead of transmitting a picture through indigo and paint, you can directly paste it into sticks and then separate wooden sticks with a scalpel. In this way, you can use the photos in the puzzle.


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