Need something fun to do? Let your child do a puzzle unwrap!
Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like: I put all my son’s toys into paper and let him do a puzzle unwrap.
No surprise: it was awesome and he loved it.
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Wait. You just wrapped up your puzzle?
Why yes I did!
I actually borrowed this idea from two of my blogging friends – Happy Toddler Playtime and Happily Ever Mom – both have different variations on this activity and taught me the magic of wrapping up a puzzle.
They’ve done this with wrapping paper and foil – today, I wanted to use up some extra tissue paper we have and it was PERFECTION.
What’s the point of doing a puzzle unwrap activity?
Well, the point – as with all activities – is for hands-on learning fun.
But the bigger reasons:
- Fine motor skills
- Spatial awareness
- Cause and effect
- Hand eye coordination
Toddlers learn so much from simple activities – activities don’t need to be fancy to be fun and engaging for our kids.
Sometimes, it’s as easy as wrapping up puzzle pieces in tissue paper.
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Want to know the secret best part of this activity?
My 7-year-old set this up for my 3-year-old. No joke! I prepped the materials, I laid things out for him, and I walked away.
He did this.
(That’s me doing the happy lady dance emoji)
And then my toddler had a ball unwrapping his “puzzle presents”
This activity seriously is a riot.
Wrap up those puzzle pieces and watch your toddler have a ball opening each little package.
Something about this activity is just so magical.
I’d file this under “must try” because really – it’s a sure winner.