What to do with Wooden Puzzle Pieces

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  1. BeachTeacher61

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    Everyone...I have some old wooden puzzles here at my center that are missing a piece here or there. I'm wondering if you all have any creative ideas to use the pieces for. I'm already planning to use the boards as chalkboards. Bought the chalkboard paint and will start painting the backside of them this weekend. There kinda heavy to do the usual crafts like picture frames or pins. I really hate to toss them out. Seems wasteful. Thanks! :help:
     
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    What about as manipulatives for sorting? not sure if you have the puzzles that each piece is a different animal, shape, etc. or if the pieces are parts of larger pictures... but you could use thme for sorting (color, shape, design, etc) or counting... if they're small enough, maybe they could be game pieces?
     
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    We have small boxes with items inside that start with each letter of the alphabet. So you open "W" and you see a worm, and a wagon and a watermelon. In order to find enough shapnel we keep a box in a shelf and everyone knows where, we toss the odd things inside. You pieces, were it our program, would go in the box........to get saved and sorted later.

    One of the things the 4's do to show mastery (although we never tell them this) is to refill the alpha boxes. So they take the box down that has sat all year and they go through the treasures and put them in the boxes.

    They love it.
     
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    They would be great to use for a woodworking project. Something like a puzzle sculpture. Or use them for an art project. They would make a great collage piece.
     
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    Do you have a magnet board? I once saw an ideal where you put a magnet on the back and let the kids use their imaginations. It would work kind of like felt board pieces.
     
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    You could have the kids try to trace them.
     
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    Glue them to picture frames. They look really cute.
     
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    You could use them as manapulitives to use with playdough to press and squish he dough.
     
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    WOW...great ideas. Many heads are always better than just one. Thanks!
     
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    Know any craftsmen? Wood workers? I've asked my dh to replace peices, do my best to match paint. I know what you mean about not tossing them...
     
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    I have a few wooden puzzles with missing letters....this is a GREAT idea :)
     
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    honestly, I'd toss them- I dejunk my room at least 4 times a year--but I like the idea of the chalk board paint! Or you can buy squares of foam type backed dry erase board too that you could cut to fit and glue in them
     

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