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Christmas and Holiday Craft Lessons for Kids by Susan Kramer


1. Christmas Crafts for Kids - Animal Shapes
2. Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make
3. Clove Studded Orange Project
4. Fabric Animal Chains for Christmas Trees
5. Inexpensive Holiday Earth Gifts to Make
6. Make a Hexagon Shape Puzzle
7. Make a Wreath Project
8. Make an Easter Egg Puzzle
9. Make Holiday Paper Chains for Learning Sets
10. Spicy Apples to Hang on the Tree
11. The Story of the Felt Santa Claus
12. Yarn Tree Ornaments
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6. Make a Hexagon Shape Puzzle

A hexagon is a 6-sided figure. To draw, begin with a circle and divide the circumference in half and then thirds. Connect the points on the circumference with 6 straight lines.

While making the puzzle provide your challenged child or students all the help they need to make it a success.

The benefit of this project is practice with small motor coordination and learning about the hexagon geometric shape.

2 sheets of 8.5 by 11 inch paper for each puzzle
crayons or colored pencils
non-toxic paste
optional - 8.5 by 11 inch piece of cardboard for puzzle backing

1. Adult draws a hexagon shape that nearly goes out to the edges of half the sheets of paper. Draw 6 sections, like slices of pizza. The remaining sheets of paper serve as the puzzle backing.

2. On the papers with the hexagon shape, kids color in the sections as creatively as they wish using different colors and designs.

3. After the hexagon is colored in, tear the paper into smaller pieces - perhaps 6 to 12 pieces, or more, for each page.

4. Place the pieces back in the correct place on a sheet of plain paper. When all set correctly, paste the pieces on.

The puzzle makes a super bulletin board decoration, as it has the effect of a mosaic or tiled decoration. It can also look like a holiday stained glass window.

To make the completed puzzle hold its shape more easily, paste it on to an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of cardboard. Cereal carton is perfect for this. Trim the completed cardboard puzzle to match the lines of the hexagon.

As the kids advance, they can tear their creations into ever smaller pieces for more of a challenge in reassembling and pasting in place.

Another benefit of this project is that the supplies are probably on hand, so at school this can be a filler project after completing regular assignments, or a rainy day activity at home.

Article by Susan Kramer

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