You can use construction paper, scrapbook paper or card stock for your name puzzle, but I always like to cut my letters out of wallpaper samples. One of the books is filled with heavily textured samples. Some are rough, some are like suede. There are pages that are puffy or bumpy or squishy. I think they really add visual and tactile interest to this activity, and I think by making the letters look and feel so different from the rest helps in putting the letters to memory.
Ask at your local paint and wallpaper shop if they have any wallpaper sample books they’d be willing to part with. Here in my town, they’re always happy to hand over any expired books. It saves them from throwing them in the trash.
To make your name puzzle, simply cut out the letters of your child’s name to trace onto your coloured paper. I drew my letter free-hand but if you’d rather use a template, you can visit Quality-Kids-Crafts.com and print your letters off.
Quick tip: when using printable templates, I often make the template the size that I want it on my computer screen and hold a piece of white paper up to the screen and trace the template.
Now, hand the puzzle over to your little one and let them have some fun, piecing their name together. I love watching the Hooligans try to figure their puzzles out the first time. There’s lots of twisting and turning and re-arranging of letters. The second time is usually a bit easier, and by the time they’ve done their puzzle a half dozen times or so, they’re old pros!