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Hare Printable Puzzle | Homemade Toy
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Alphabet > Letter H > H is for Hare

Animals > Mammals > Hare [or Jackrabbit]

> Brown

> Home-made Toys > Animal Progressive Puzzles

For children 18 months to 6 years old
*  Print your choice of the hare:  Stage 1, 2, 3 or 4

*  These printable animal puzzles are designed to grow with your child abilities.

*  We recommend that you include one or a combination of the following activities prior to using the puzzle:

1.  Read a book that has the animal in the story or is the main character -- related activities in the Hare Theme.

2.  Discuss some simple facts about the animal - visit this activity - Learning about Hares and  Rabbits

3.  Mimic the movements or sounds that the animal might make - hopping.

4.  Recommendation: Give a special name that starts with the first letter in the animals  word.  This will make the animal puzzle more special to the child and reinforce the alphabet letter, for example:  Hoppy the Hare.
4.  Ask what colors are in the animals body.

After one of the above activities: 
1.  Present the puzzle to the child and allow child to put together and show briefly the small image on the upper left corner of the template so the child has a glimpse of the finished puzzle.

2.  Alphabet Practice:  Write the letter H h one or two times in each puzzle piece and ask the child to search for the hidden letters.

3.  Encourage child to store puzzle away after s/he is done (see recommendations for storage below)

Tips on how to store the puzzles:

*  Glue or tape the small image (in the left-upper corner of the template) to an envelope.  You can use those large left-over greeting card envelopes (from Christmas for example) usually these are bigger or create custom made envelopes by folding a piece of paper in half, close sides with tape.

*   Note:  We do not recommend plastic zip lock bags since these are a suffocation hazard to children.

Storage Box Project:  
* Use a large shoe box and cover and decorate if you desire with  wrapping paper and/or animal stickers.  Place the puzzle envelopes in the shoe box without a lid so children can reach and store easily.

* Encourage children to put the puzzles back an envelope once they are done using them, and put back into a special animal puzzle box box or plastic box.
Enjoy the puzzles!

Hare or Jackrabbit Printable Puzzles:

Stage 1
18 months to
to 24 months approx

Stage 2:
2+ to 3 years approx

Stage 3:

3+ to 4 years approx

Stage 4:
4+ to 6 years approx

* If you print on regular paper you need to glue unto a harder surface such as card board from a cereal box, or the thin carton in shirt packaging and then cut with sharp scissors (adults only)

* Printing the templates on heavy duty card stock works best

*  Cut and save the small image in the left upper corner of the template, refer to the instructions for using this image.

* To make the puzzles more durable cover with clear contact paper. 


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