Use the puzzle pieces to create a new game – try placing all of the pieces on the floor and give your child clues on the puzzle piece to find. For example, you could say, “Find a farm animal” or “Find an animal that has spots” or “Find onethat says neigh.” When playing this game, I try to think of clues that build in the action/job (drives, honks, hops, etc.), part/piece (fluffy ears, round wheels, white, tiny), and the category (farm animal, clothing, pet, zoo animal,
vehicle, etc.). As your child finds the piece you have described, they can put the puzzle piece in. This is a great way to have two children play with a puzzle. The children can take turns, help each other, and give each other clues.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist