Once upon a time in a dark and dusty closet sat a puzzle box. No one wanted to play with the puzzle anymore because it was missing pieces and the puzzle felt bored and lonely. Then one day a woman came and found the box and began to think, “Maybe I should throw this away? Or recycle it? No, I will reuse this puzzle and perhaps it will be beautiful again!”
So the woman gathered her children and she told them, “Sometimes we have the chance to take something useless and make it useful again. Would you like to help?” And the children yelled, “Yes!” That day the children collaborated together until they thought they had the perfect idea. They wanted to create a beautiful present for their mothers and grandmothers. When they showed the woman what they had made they knew that they had connected with love. Connect with love while making this puzzle pin art project.
- Puzzle Pieces
- Jewelry Pins
- Child Friendly Paint
- Small Gems
- Glue Gun (and glue)
- Paintbrushes and/or Sponge Brush
- Paint the back of the puzzle pieces with the foam brush. You may need to apply 2 coats of paint.
- Allow to dry thoroughly.
- Apply the pin. Our pins were adhesive but we still used glue just to make sure it stayed on.
- Glue on the gems with the hot glue gun. (Adult Supervision Recommended)
This puzzle pin art project is awesome for many reasons. It uses recycled materials which teaches our children not only to re-use when they can but also to think of objects differently and creatively. You could take puzzle pieces that link and share the linking pieces with someone one special. Wear them proudly for Autism Awareness Month in April. Mothers, grandmothers, teachers and care givers will love these puzzle pins as a gift. You can also easily turn them into necklaces, key chains and magnets.