Parents, Teachers, Grandparents, After-school Care Givers are all searching for new ways to introduce activities to the kids. Try these Apple Puzzle Activities. It's a new twist on the old Scavenger Hunt or Treasure Hunt idea that will make the introduction to your activity just as much fun as the activity itself.
Apple Puzzle Activities:
Write out a fun activity on the apple printable (linked below). Make sure part of the word or sentance is written on each puzzle piece. If you need ideas for activities, check out our list of Apple Family Fun Night ideas.
Then, cut the pieces apart and do one of the following:
1. Apple Hide and Seek
Tape one puzzle piece to one apple and hide the apples around the house/grounds/classroom. If you have teams, use red apples for one team and green or yellow for the other so they can easily tell whose clue/piece it is. When all pieces are found, put them together to read the clue for the activity.
2. A is for Apple
Tape the puzzle pieces to different objects beginning with the letter A and place those object around the house/grounds/classroom. If you have teams, write A or B on the back of each piece to easily tell whose clue/piece it is. When all pieces are found, put them together to read the clue for the activity.
3. I Spy the Puzzle Piece
Tape the puzzle pieces in various locations around the house/grounds/classroom. If you have teams, write A or B on the back of each piece to easily tell whose clue/piece it is. When all pieces are found, put them together to read the clue for the activity.
4. The Mystery Apple
Place each puzzle piece inside a sealed envelope and give one to each person. They have to open the envelope, get their piece and work with the others to solve the puzzle and get the activity clue. If you have teams, you can have one apple and envelope set per team or have each team try to guess the activity written on the apple with only half of the clues/pieces.
Once the puzzle is solved, complete the activity listed on the puzzle.
You can also heighten the excitement of the hunt and puzzle solving by timing the participants to see who finds all pieces and solves the puzzle first. As a reward that team could take the first turn in the next activity.
Why an Active Puzzle Activity?
First, it gets the children (and adults too) moving. The kinesthetic activity or searching for the pieces is good for those who have wiggles or short attention spans.
And we have research that proves that jigsaw puzzle activities use all the cells from all the different parts of the brain at once, so not only are we waking up the body and getting the blood flowing, we are also waking up the brain as we work to solve the puzzle and read the clues it creates.
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