We have quite a few puzzles by Melissa and Doug around and the younger ones are still trying to put the right pieces in the right place. Once a child has mastered the task however, they move on and get creative by incorporating the pieces into other forms of play, which is great!
With this in mind, I thought of another option by printing the names of each piece as cards that we can remove from the deck, one at time.
If the child is able to read the word they see, they can go ahead and put the correlating piece in the appropriate place on the puzzle. If not, we set them aside to go over them again later.
Some of the words are more familiar (as they’ve seen them before in our standard flash cards) such as “cow” but “excavator” not so much. It’s all good. They’ll get there, eventually!
This is a great way for us to continue working with the same puzzles we already have, but on another level as a new experience. Maybe you have some of these in your toy chest too. Our puzzles cover some of the animals found on the farm and jungle, sea creatures, as well as, vehicles for transportation and construction sites.
If you’d like to print the sheets we used for this puzzle piece sight word game, you can find them here.
Hope you like this activity idea and enjoy!