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Super Slide Puzzle

A personalized puzzle to make once, then play over and over!

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Encourage concentration with this paper puzzle craft. It’s an updated version of the plastic black-and-white number slide puzzles of yesteryear. Make it in a jiffy, play it forever, and leave it on a table where anyone can try it. This is a relaxing game for downtime or when you’re all “seeking calmer seas.”
Super Slide Puzzle
What You’ll Need
  • Shoebox lid
  • Thin cardboard
  • Sheet of paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Cardstock
What to Do
  1. Cut a piece of thin cardboard and a sheet of paper to fit inside the shoebox lid. Spread glue evenly across an entire sheet of paper, and glue the paper to the cardboard. Let dry.
  2. Create a picture on the paper using markers, cardstock, and glue.
  3. Draw a tic-tac-toe grid on the back of the cardboard. Cut along the lines, making nine equal-sized pieces.
To Play

Place eight of the pieces faceup in the box in any order. Slide the pieces, one at a time, into the empty space until your picture is in order. Then add the last piece.

Extend the Fun

For younger kids: Instead of paper, glue a copy of a class picture on the cardboard and cut it into pieces. Move the puzzle pieces around until the whole class is in order. (Or not!)

For older kids: Instead of drawing on a sheet of paper, try these alternatives. Glue a newspaper page of classified ads to the cardboard, cut the cardboard into nine pieces, as above, and see what wacky ads you create by moving the puzzle pieces around. Or make your puzzle from the face of your favorite athlete or celebrity, or find an appealing scene in a catalog or magazine to mix up and put back together again.

Craft by Kelly Theobald; text by Mary Sears.