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Puzzle Play Activity: A “Counting by 10’s Puzzle Hunt” (& Printable!)

2013-02-01 by Joyce

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We hope you enjoy this puzzle play activity from our guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons!

puzzle play counting by 10s puzzle hunt

Here’s how the educational scavenger hunt works:

1) Divide your puzzle pieces into 10 separate envelopes (she used one of our 100 piece puzzles so that each envelope contained an equal number of pieces).

2) Create rhyming clues for all of the places you want to hide the pieces. (You can use Joyce’s examples by printing out her free puzzle hunt clues printable page, OR make up your own clues using the blank clues template.)

puzzle play counting by 10s puzzle hunt

3) Place the clues inside the envelopes, and hide them throughout the house!

4) Once everything is set-up, ask your child to go find the clues to help build their puzzle! (This is perfect for cold, or rainy days as your child can run around a bit and get some energy out!)

5) Once all the pieces are collected and before you begin to assemble your puzzle, use this as an opportunity to practice “counting by tens”.

Now, put together your puzzle and enjoy!

puzzle play counting by 10s puzzle hunt

For more puzzle play activities, check out these related blog posts:

For a list of jigsaw puzzles that would work well with this activity, visit our website.



Joyce is the mom behind Childhood Beckons, where she encourages parents to focus on their families and the childhood that beckons them. She enjoys discovering creative ways to play and learn and passing along her family's favorites. Find Joyce on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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