The majority of Adam’s puzzles are purchased from charity shops. Up until recently we have been extremely lucky – all of the puzzles have been intact. However, a little while ago we bought a puzzle that was incomplete. What do you do with a puzzle when a piece missing? We saw it as an opportunity to turn our junk puzzle into something creative – missing puzzle piece Aliens.
I placed eight of our puzzle pieces in our Tuff Spot along with paint and a variety of different sized paintbrushes.
Adam spent so long painting one particular puzzle piece. He loved watching the colours mixing together.
After 45 minutes of Adam exploring the paint I had to paint the remaining pieces as we were due to go out.
The next day the paint had dried so we added googly eyes and Inanimate Stickers (affiliate link).
At the moment Adam loves stickers and can go through a packet very quickly. Stickers are a great resource to develop fine motor skills. However, he likes to place the stickers on top of each other. I wanted to use the activity as a way of getting Adam to spread the stickers around.
I gave Adam a variety of circle stickers of different sizes – including very small ones. Adam had to give the missing puzzle piece Aliens spots.
Adm did pretty well to distribute the stickers evenly among the Aliens until the last few. He couldn’t resist covering the green Alien in several stickers.
Our missing puzzle piece Aliens will be used as a wall decoration and as part of an Alien small world. Not bad for a junk puzzle that otherwise would have been thrown away.
* A junk puzzle
* Inanimate Stickers and googly eyes
* Circle stickers
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