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DIY Puzzle in a Box {Fine Motor Friday}

Puzzles are great for fine motor skills, as little ones work at manipulating the pieces to pick them up and put them in the correct spot.  Our DIY Puzzle in a Box adds unique twist on a regular puzzle as what is holding them in place is a piece of velcro, which requires strength in fingers.  And not only that, but the wooden pieces I used for our puzzle in a box are very thin, so they require  hand-eye coordination to pick up the puzzle and this activity can also reinforce crossing the midline.
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To make your own DIY Puzzle in a Box, you'll need an empty box, wooden cut-outs, permanent  marker, and velcro dots.  I decided to pretty up the plain ol' white mailing box I had for this activity with some washi-like tape I picked up at the Dollar Store.  The wooden cut-outs were from Big Brother's old name sign, but you can pick them up for pretty cheap at any craft store.
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Simply, arrange your wooden cut-outs in the box and trace them with the permanent maker.

Add the velcro dots and play!  The velcro dots add an extra fun element to the puzzle; little hands will get a work out trying the pull them off and put them on properly!
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You can see that Baby Brother has already been in it!
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The puzzle in a box idea makes it a great quiet time activity and/or travel toy.  Would also make for a great gift for some cute little small person in your life ; )

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