It’s the first day of Fall! I cannot contain my excitement. Basically, like everyone else, it’s my favorite time of year. Except I have missed out on it for the last four years because we’ve been in Florida. I’m stoked for a proper visit to the pumpkin patch and wearing warm cozy clothes. It really is the best.
Another favorite of mine is Fall crafts. Last year, Addie and I made a few that I shared here. This year is no different. Today, I’m sharing how we make our own fun puzzles. This is something I’ve been doing for a long time. Puzzles are one of Addie’s favorite things and Piper is getting into them now too. So in a pinch, with a little time and patience, these are great to have around.
Today’s puzzle is Fall appropriate, as it is a cute little pumpkin! I’m also working on a candy corn and witches hat puzzle that are a little more intricate than this one.
What you’ll need:
- Card stock
- Decorative paper (or draw your own picture. Addie loves to do it this way)
First, You need to decide on what kind of puzzle this is going to be. For this post, we will just focus on the pumpkin. Go online and find a pumpkin template that you like (or freehand a pumpkin). Save that and also search for a puzzle template. Print those off. Cut out the shape of the pumpkin. Set the puzzle template to the side.
Next, glue the decorative paper to the cardstock. (I know this seems excessive, but you really need the card stock to make the puzzle sturdy) Then, glue these to the puzzle template.
*Pro Tip: make sure you are gluing these to the back of the puzzle template. You need the printed side so you can see where to cut!
Once these layers of paper have dried, trace your pumpkin shape onto the puzzle side. You can toss the pumpkin template now, or you can save it for a coloring page.
Pro Tip #2: Before you start cutting, it would be wise to make a photo copy of the puzzle. This way the kids have something to look at while they piece it together.
Now get to cutting. Cut out the pumpkin shape first. Then cut following the lines of the puzzle template. Voila!
I did one extra step for this particular puzzle because I thought it would be too difficult for addie without a border. So before I cut the actual puzzle, I put it on a piece of green card stock and cut my puzzle from there. You can do it either way.
Tell me below, what is your favorite thing about the Fall season?