Wet Weather Activity: Infantino Learn About Animals of the World Puzzle

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The wet season is here.  It has been raining every day , usually in the afternoons and early evenings.  Besides the usual wet weather activities like painting, playing play dough and doing household chores (a wonderful excuse to clean the house together), it was time for our jigsaw puzzles to come out of the storeroom!

There’s just something relaxing about being inside on a cold day and listening to the rain.  Hearing the pitter patter on the window pane, piecing a puzzle, and having cookies with milk.

A favourite puzzle that the family enjoys is Infantino’s “Learn About Animals of the World Puzzle”.  It is a 45-piece puzzle that allows the child to learn about the world, animals and their homes.

We play it every so often that Hannah can now piece the puzzle almost independently now.  It’s a fun and useful learning tool to learn about the countries and its native animals.  For instance, we learned that the grey wolf can be found at the boreal regions of Russia, and the giant tortoises are found in the Galápagos Islands.

What’s more, we got to learn a number of famous monuments/places around the world; like the Taj Mahal in India, Mount Fuji in Japan, Table Mountain in South Africa, and Eiffel Tower in France.

The puzzle also includes several fun facts about the featured animals.  Did you know that the sperm whale can live for about 80 years? And the octopus can change colour to match its surroundings?

A multifaceted learning tool that’s worth every penny.

Do you know of any other wet-weather activity to help me tide through these few months?  Please share them with me!

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DIY children’s puzzles

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Buying puzzles can be pretty expensive especially if there’s a tendency for the child to get bored after playing a couple of rounds. With an empty tissue box at hand, I decided to make one on shapes. It took me less than 20 minutes to complete (I was chatting with my husband and making it at the same time). I have to admit, the puzzles aren’t as fancy as those in the store but it serves its purpose and of no cost!

I started with a two-piece puzzle then “upgraded” them by cutting them into fours.  Some of the pieces are little worn out now (due to Hannah’s constant bending) but I’m glad she is still playing with them 🙂

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This puzzle was created using ABCJLM’s template.  I pasted the template on to empty cardboard pieces and used cellophane tape to go round each piece several times (my cheaper way of “laminating” the pieces).

After making these puzzles, I’ve now started collecting empty cereal and tissue boxes in hope to make more puzzles for Hannah. 

How have you used empty cardboard boxes to keep your little one occupied?