- Painted wooden pieces are easy for small hands to grasp. Each puzzle has 6-8 pieces that can also stand up on their
own for imaginative play. Puzzles are great tools for vocabulary presentations, using the Montessori three period lesson:
"This is...," "Show me...," "What's This?". Buy puzzles in groups for classification activities,
for example take all the pieces out of (3) Scene Puzzles and mix them all up. Have the child sort the figures into groups
according to which scene they belong to - then use the puzzle board for self-correction.
Jumbo Knob Puzzles
- Wooden puzzles with jumbo knobs develop the child's one-handed grasp, an indirect preparation for further activities
leading the handwriting. Simple habitat boards with only 3 movable puzzle pieces are the perfect materials for beginners with
little hands. Great for beginning nomenclature and classification activities.
Beginning Skills Puzzles
- Great materials for Sensorial lessons in shapes, colors, and sounds. I chose this particular chunky shapes puzzle because
it does not have the names of the shapes printed on the puzzle pieces, which would allow the child further works in labeling
and nomenclature. Just trace the puzzle shapes and make your own 3-part cards. Labels can be matched to the control card or
to the puzzle pieces. The Fish Colors puzzle is an excellent way to teach color matching and allows the child to make a mistake,
because all cut-out fish shapes with pegs are exactly the same in shape - so the control is in the matching colors printed
directly on the board. The Sound Blocks are self-correcting and make the appropriate animal or vehicle noise when the proper
shapes are matched up. The Construction and Vehicles puzzles work well for classification activities and serve as a lead-in
to verbs and discussions about careers in the community.
Nomenclature Chunky Puzzles
- Names of each item are written directly on the puzzle board so that pieces can be removed and labeled and then the board
can be used for self-correction. The child can also trace these puzzle pieces, fill in the details and color each shape on
small pieces of paper. Then the name can be printed under each figure and the pages can be bound into booklets. Another set
that lends itself to classification activities, so be sure to order more than one puzzle for sorting the pieces into groups.
- Puzzles help young brains develop and grow. The brain naturally looks for patterns and patterns are the foundation for
reading, math and logic skills. Puzzles also help develop the practical life aims of concentration and the sensorial aims
of observing and detecting similarities and differences. Jigsaw puzzles should be completed simply for the joy of the work
cycle from start to finish. These quality wooden puzzles come with a wooden framed storage tray and do not have printed pictures
on the board.
- These uniquely illustrated puzzles are formed by rotating the cubes to match the pictures. Each Cube puzzle makes six
complete puzzles. Farm Cube Puzzle: Cow, Horse, Pig, Ducks, Sheep, Hen. Vehicles Puzzle: Bear in a Boat, Plane, Sailboat,
Motorcycle, Car, Train. Includes wooden storage tray.
Educational Floor Puzzles
- Made of heavy-duty jigsaw cardboard with an easy clean surface. Alphabet Express - 27 pc. - 120" x 5.75".
Solar System - 48 pc. - 36" x 24". Children of the World - 48 pc. - 32" diameter. American Presidents
- 100pc. - 36" x 24"