Puzzle Planks

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Make your own puzzle with popsicle sticks. If you like this activity, try our Popsicle Flag craft which also uses popsicle sticks.

What You’ll Need:
*5 large popsicle sticks (per craft)
*Masking tape
*Pencil
*Markers

Preparation:
*Line up the sticks and secure with masking tape. The opposite side will be the side you draw on and the tape will help keep the popsicle sticks from moving around.

Activity:
*Draw a simple picture in pencil or black marker. Color it in.

*Remove the tape and mix up the pieces. Now put the puzzle back together!

*Some other great uses for this craft include:
--Scavenger Hunt: Hide each popsicle stick in a different location. Give your children clues to find them. The goal is to find all the popsicle sticks and put together your puzzle.
--Treasure Map: Draw a treasure map on the popsicle sticks. The kids need to solve the puzzle first, then follow the map to find some treasure!
--Invitations: Want a unique way to invite friends to a birthday party or neighbors over for a BBQ? Write your invitation on the popsicle sticks!
--Sharing good news: Announce your exciting news (new baby, new job, big move, etc.) by writing it on the popsicle sticks. Place them in an envelope or small pouch and let your family and friends enjoy putting the puzzle together while trying to guess your big news.

*Did You Know? The first jigsaw puzzle was created in the 1700s and designed to help children learn Geography. It wasn’t until much later that puzzles started being designed with adults in mind. Jigsaw puzzles reached their peak of popularity during the Depression because it was a cheap form of entertainment that could keep you busy for hours. It was also considered “recyclable” in a way, because you could trade with other families and friends when you were finished.
*Send us a picture of your kids and their puzzle planks we may post it to our site! info@mycalendarmaker.com.

Suggested Resources:
*American Jigsaw Puzzle Society: For more information on jigsaw puzzles
*Easy Tangrams: Check out our fun variation of the Chinese Tangram puzzle

This activity can be found in the Arts & Crafts section of our site.