Lion Printable Puzzle | Homemade Toy
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Themes Activities Materials
Alphabet > Letter L > L is for Lion

Animals > Mammals > Lion

Crafts > Home-made Toys > Animal Progressive Puzzles

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

We have designed these animal puzzles that will grow with your child.

Activities To Do Prior to Assembling the Puzzle:
We recommend that you include one or a combination of the following activities prior to using the puzzle:

1.  Story time:  Read a book that has the animal in the story or is the main character.   Fable > The Lion and the Mouse

2.  Animal Fun FactsDiscuss some simple facts about the animal.

3.  Animal Movement & Sounds:  Mimic the movements or sounds that the animal might make.  Lions roar.

4.  Animal Name:  We have given a name for the animal puzzle, but we recommend that you suggest to 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.

4.  Color Activity:  Ask what colors are in the animals body.  Make sure to mention dark and light when describing the colors.

5.  Combine the puzzle with other related activities in the Lion Theme.

7.  Alphabet Activity:  Write the first letter in the word cow in lower case and upper case in the pieces in your language of preference.  Incorporate Letter L is for Lion Printable Activities.

8.  Number Activity:  Write the numbers  in the pieces (depending on the stage level) to practice number recognition and counting.

9.  Nursery Rhyme / Music Activity:  Include a nursery rhyme or song activity that relates to the puzzle image.

After one of the above activities: 

1.  Print, cut and print letter or numbers on the pieces.

2.  Present the puzzle to the child and ask if he can recognize the animal.

3.  Encourage child to put the puzzle  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.  Once child has completed the puzzle, search for the hidden letters or numbers in the puzzle if you have printed them.

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

4.  Suggestion:  Do not glue the puzzle to paper so that it can be used over again.  Laminate with clear contact paper for durability.

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 in the envelope once they are done using them, and put back into their special animal puzzle box box.
Enjoy the puzzles!

Lion Printable Puzzle  

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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