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
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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:
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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: