This is a fun puzzle scavenger hunt that will have your preschooler counting their way through the hunt.
Puzzles are a favorite of mine. I spent many hours as a kid putting together 1000+ piece puzzles, especially in the winter. I am so glad to share this pastime with my oldest now, and we’re getting there with George.
We also have so many puzzles from when the kids were little and they’re outgrowing now.
But they still can get lots of use! I shared a bunch of ideas to use these chunky puzzles for over on the Melissa & Doug blog. One of them is to do a scavenger hunt with the pieces!
It’s so simple and can be done with any kind of chunky-type puzzle. If you have letters or numbers though you can work on recognizing them. But you can also do that with animals and shapes and so forth. Great for any of it!
So, I had the kids slip upstairs to play in their rooms for a bit while I hid the puzzle pieces.
We have this Melissa & Doug number puzzle with numbers 1-20.
Louis isn’t ready for that high of numbers, but George is working on the teens. So I split their numbers up, Louis got 1-10 and George got 11-20.
When I hid them around the house, I kept that in mind. The lower numbers were put in easier spots to find, while the higher numbers were hidden in more difficult places.
When I was ready, I called them down.
I briefly told them about the split of numbers, but made sure to tell George to leave the numbers 1-10 for his brother if he spotted them.
However, if Louis spotted a 11-20 number, it was fair game.
As they found them, they matched it up to the number on the base plate of the puzzle.
By the way, we love a good hunt! Here’s 32 other scavenger hunts for kids.
As they found the numbers, I’d encourage them to tell me it. If they didn’t know, I’d say,
“Oh look, you found the number 8!”
“Can you find the number 8 on the base of the puzzle too?”
It was great for number recognition and just plain ol’ fun!
My kids are always up for a scavenger hunt, are yours?
Here’s 32 other ways to go on a scavenger hunt with the kids, try one!