Cube puzzles are a great way teach your toddler or preschooler about shapes, but it is also a great activity for fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. They are easy to put together and children really enjoy them.
Materials needed are large index cards (5×7 inch) and cube shaped blocks of the same size.
Use the blocks to trace a design outlining an arrangement of cubes. Mine are exactly one inch cubes, so I used a ruler to measure the outline of each design. Laminate for added durability.
To play, invite your child to fill in the design using cubes. Encourage your child to carefully arrange the blocks so that they are settled within the outline, not askew.
For added math practice, you can invite your child to count the number of cubes that fill in each outline, or fill it in with a pattern of colors. There are lots of possibilities.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction