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Our Kinderhaus was missing biological animal puzzles. Since I wanted to try if I can make this classical Montessori material for a while this opportunity was perfect. These puzzles and their additional materials are used happily and very often in a variety of ways for all age groups at the Kinderhaus.
I created 5 puzzles with representatives of the different vertebrate classes: mammals - horse, birds - bird, fishes - fish, amphibians - frog, reptiles - turtle
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- 10 plywood birch (20x30cm, 4mm thick)
- wooden beads
- Ink and / or food coloring
- Coping saw and blades
- Hot glue gun with sticks
- homemade beeswax polish
Print out the template and cut the animal out with all of its puzzle pieces. Fix the puzzle parts onto the piece of wood and transfer the outlines using a pencil.
Using a drill make a little hole on the line and feed the coping saw through. Carefully cut out the puzzle pieces.
Sand the puzzle pices and the negative shapes. Place the pieces in the negative form and test if everything fits, if a piece is too tight sand again till it fits perfectly. Then glue the negative shape onto a new piece of plywood board.
Paint the puzzle pieces with ink or food colouring - for the outlines and the drawing you can also use a fine-Liner pen.
After they have dried rub Beeswax polish onto the pieces and the negative form, take off any excess of the wax with a cloth. Lastly glue a wooden beat as a grip using a hot glue gun. Let dry over night.
No time to make your own?
The puzzles are available one by one or as a Set: