This free printable cut and paste puzzle for St Patrick’s Day is low-prep fine motor fun for kids 3-5! Your child and/or students can work on their fine motor skills and problem solving abilities as they recreate the cute St. Patrick’s Day picture. It is easy to differentiate instruction with this activity because there are two versions of the puzzle. One has a hint image and one does not.
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How to use cut & paste puzzles
If you’re familiar with cut and paste puzzles and want to skip to the PDF, click here to jump to the download area.
Cut and paste puzzles seem super easy to adults, but they can be surprisingly difficult for young children. Children usually look at the puzzle piece shape, not the picture. This strategy doesn’t work for this puzzle because each piece is a square! The square pieces make your child actually look at the image and decide whether or not it matches/makes sense.
There are two versions of this St. Patrick’s Day puzzle: one with a light background image in the solution area and one without a picture. Children who have mastered simple puzzles with the reference image can move on to the plain white background version for an extra challenge.
Here are ideas for different ways to use this printable puzzle:
Let your child use a blunt-tipped pair of small scissors so they can practice their cutting. We own multiple pairs of these small Fiskars scissors.
- Fiskars Kids Scissors, Scissors for School, Blunt Tip Scissorsfeature innovative, safety-edge blades with a safer blade angle
- Blunt tip scissors, safety scissors sprovides added safety while cutting all classroom materials
- Kids scissors ages 4-8
Your child’s work won’t be perfect and that’s okay. The squares from this Easter lamb puzzle my daughter worked aren’t perfect, but she was so proud of herself for cutting them out.
Your child can paste the image in place, or not glue it down so they can solve the puzzle multiple times. Little kids love gluing. My daughter enjoys using a small pot with a paintbrush and white glue for her gluing activities. For less mess, use a non-toxic glue stick. You can also use poster putty or even a piece of play dough.
- Bonds to paper, cardboard, foam board, display board, and more
- Washes easily off hands and out of clothes
- Non toxic and acid free
This cut and paste puzzle can also be turned into a reusable activity in a busy binder or used as a file folder game. We made this mermaid puzzle into a file folder game. Please visit that post for step by step instructions with photos.
St. Patrick’s Day 4 piece puzzle download area
As mentioned above, this printable pack has two pages: one with an image to help your child assemble the pot of gold picture and one page without a hint image. This is what the pages look like (download information is located below the preview image):
These pages are licensed for personal use. This means you are welcome to print and use these pages as many times as you you want for your own children, students, therapy clients, scouts, library activities, etc. as long as you are personally organizing the activity.
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I hope your little learner enjoys the cut and paste puzzle as much as mine does! Make sure to grab these additional freebies for your St Patrick’s Day theme while you’re here on The Artisan Life:
Free Printables for St. Patrick's Day
These printables for St. Patrick's Day are all available for personal and classroom use.
There are activities for "big kids," like word scrambles and searches, family activities like picture bingo, and games for toddlers and preschoolers like St. Patrick's Day matching cards and do a dot printables.
I hope you enjoy!
Free Printable St Patrick's Day Bingo
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Free Printable St. Patrick's Day One More One Less Worksheet
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Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Day Alphabet Matching Cards
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Free Printable Color St. Patrick's Day Dot Marker Pages
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Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Roll and Cover for Preschoolers
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Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Complete the Pattern
These complete the pattern printables are a fantastic preschool math activity. Turn them into a file folder game or use them as a cut and paste activity!
Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Do a Dot Marker Pages
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Free Printable St Patrick's Day Count and Clip Cards
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Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Count and Punch Cards
Count and punch cards are a fun way to practice counting and improve fine motor skills. They also make a great go-bag or quiet time activity.
10 Free St. Patrick's Day Maze Printables
There are easy, medium, and hard mazes for St. Patrick's Day in this collection of maze printables! Answer keys are included.
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These lucky four leaf clover templates come in all shapes and size! Grab four leaf clover outlines and patterns for St. Patrick's Day crafts here.
St. Patrick's Day Word Scramble
This free printable St. Patrick's Day word scramble comes with a colorful background or in ink-saving black and white. The answer key is included!
St Patrick's Day Word Search
Word searches are an easy, no-prep activity for kids (and they're educational!) Pick from a colorful shamrock background or ink-saving black and white. Answer key is included.
St. Patrick's Day Matching Game
This printable St. Patrick's Day memory game is fun for kids of all ages! Play them as a matching game for toddlers or face down as a memory game for older kids.
Printable Rainbow Templates
These rainbow templates are perfect for rainbow crafts.
Lucky Printable Banner
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Free Printable Shamrock Templates (includes green shamrocks!)
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7 Free Printable Pot of Gold Templates
These free printable pot of gold templates are perfect for St. Patrick's Day crafts and St. Patrick's Day writing activities.
Free Printable Rainbow Coloring Pages
These free printable rainbow coloring pages are so cute!
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