You will almost always find pieces of cardboard lying around at my place.
I also have friends who keep cardboards for me. True story.
That’s probably why I’m always thinking new ways to use them.
One of the best perks about making our own learning toys?
We can design any one of a kind learning toy that cater to our learning themes and my children’s learning goals.
Last month, we did a volcano learning unit. Now, I’m pretty sure if there isn’t a volcano anatomy puzzle in the market.
Of course, why buy one (if there’s any) when it’s so easy to DIY?
What you need:
- 2 pieces of square cardboard (same size)
- Black permanent marker
- A sharp penknife
- Hot glue
- Small post it notes (optional)
Let’s make this volcano puzzle!
Follow the instructions below or watch the video tutorial here.
- Draw a 1” frame around the first piece of cardboard
- Draw a line as the ground and a volcano.
- Using a sharp penknife, cut the puzzle pieces out. Only adults should handle the penknife.
- Attach the frame onto the second piece of cardboard with hot glue
- Use the cardboard puzzle cutouts as the stencils, draw the same volcano and ground on the second piece of cardboard. Fill in details for the interior of the volcano (vent, side vent, magma chamber).
- Paint the puzzle and let dry.
- Create labels for parts of the volcano (ash cloud, lava, magma, vent, side vent and magma chamber) using the post it notes.
This might be a fun project for older children to draw and paint their own volcano puzzle!
What’s the learning for my preschooler and kindergartener?
While playing with this hands-on puzzle, my 3.5yo preschooler got to see the ‘inside’ of a volcano and put together a simple puzzle.
My 6yo kindergartner learnt about parts of the volcanos and labelled them with the post it notes.
What will you make with cardboard today?
Related: More ideas to use the trash to make learning toys here.
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