Here’s a printable elf puzzle for your little learners to practice their cutting and sticking skills with this Christmas.
This cut and paste activity is easy to prepare (just print off and grab some scissors and glue) and can help your children develop those important fine motor and problem solving skills.
Although puzzles like this may seem simple to us, there’s actually a lot of skills that are needed to solve a puzzle like this.
Firstly, they’ll have to have decent cutting skills to be able to cut the pieces out neatly enough that they line up when placed on the grid (you may need to help them with this though if they find it tricky at first).
Once the pieces are cut out neatly, they’ll have to work out how to maneuver the different pieces so that they all go together to correctly make the picture.
There’s two difficulties, one with the elf’s outline so your children can see how it should look and one without – if they’re using the harder version, then they may have to use their imagination, memory, or a bit of both, to think about what the final picture should like.
They’ll then have to have good fine motor skills to be able to place and stick the different pieces to the grid correctly.
No time to waste – Santa needs his help!
What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
When using this Christmas puzzle, your children will have the chance to practice and develop skills such as:
- Fine motor skills – they will have to use a good pincer grip to pick up the puzzle pieces and place them in the right place
- Hand-eye coordination – to ensure they can move and line up the pieces
- Cutting and sticking – they’ll need good cutting and sticking skills to carefully cut out the puzzle pieces and arrange them correctly on the grid
- Problem solving – they’ll have to work out how to put the puzzle together correctly using their problem solving skills. Will they work methodically, one piece at a time until they’re happy it looks right? Will they arrange the pieces on the table first before sticking it down? Will they use trial and error to see what works?
- Shape And Geometry – being able to rotate the pieces and understanding how the different parts of the elf go together to create the whole picture
- Patience – they may have to try lots of configurations before they get all the pieces lined up correctly
How To Prepare This Printable Elf Puzzle
This one’s pretty straight forward!
First you’re going to want to download the puzzle by clicking on the image at the bottom of the page.
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I’ve made two different versions, one with the outline on the grid and one without – for those puzzle pros!
Once you’ve downloaded it, you’ll need to print it off onto paper or card.
Boom – after that, your part’s pretty much done!
Grab some scissors and some glue and your little learners are ready to start practicing those fine motor and problem solving skills.
And if you wanted to, you could always neatly cut out and laminate the pieces yourself to keep a cute little puzzle for them to be able to again and again!