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Sun Bleached Puzzle Fun

Sun Bleached Puzzle

September 14, 2011 Sarah Coggins

During naptime yesterday, I laid a piece of black construction paper and several letter and number magnets outside to create a sun bleached puzzle. The sun slowly “bleached” the paper leaving darker silhouettes of the magnets. I thought it might be a fun way to work with our son on letters and numbers as well as eye/hand coordination.

I spelled out his name and then placed numbers 1-5. We’ve been practicing counting our fingers based on a song in our weekly music class so this seemed like a good way to tie together the number recognition with the number’s name.

Sun Bleached Puzzle Set Up

He was excited to see the puzzle outside when he woke up. We had to let it sit a bit longer (the blank space hadn’t faded quite enough – altogether we left it for about 3 hours). As soon as I let him outside, he ran over for a closer look. I moved the plastic pieces so he could see the darker spaces and he quickly began matching them up.

Sun Bleached Puzzle Fun

This is a such a simple idea that could be done again and again with different letters or shapes. The only limit is your imagination and maybe what will fit on your piece of construction paper. What design will you create with your sun bleached puzzle?


  • ter@waaoms September 14, 2011 at 8:19 am
    I like this idea, and am glad Dylan did too! :)
  • Linda September 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    Great idea and lots of fun things you can spell out for him to learn later on.
  • Bonnie September 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    What a wonderful idea! Dylan is so smart!
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