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Friend Puzzle

Creating a puzzle to give as a gift

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Next time one of your child’s friends is over take a picture of them together
  • Enlarge the picture (can be done on plain paper) and together adhere the back of the picture to a decorated sheet of contact paper
  • Cover the front of the picture with clear contact paper
  • On the decorated side of contact paper, draw lines with marker making 5 to 10 puzzle pieces
  • Next,  cut the picture into the puzzle pieces
  • Package up the puzzle in a plastic bag, box or envelope and let child give to his friend
  • Chat about why your child likes this friend - how do you feel when you are around him, what type of activities can you do together, etc.


Make only a 3 or 4 piece puzzle to be cut out.


Make and cut the puzzle into 10 or more pieces.


  • permanent marker
  • enlarged picture of child with a friend(s) 
  • patterned contact paper
  • clear contact paper
  • scissors
  • gift bag/box (optional)

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Oval
  • Color - Brown
  • Number - Nine, 9
  • Alphabet Letters - Q, T, L
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Friendliness
  • Target Words - Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Monthly Proverb

Spanish - Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are

Did You Know?

"The brain develops rapidly during the first five years and quality preschool programs can have a profound impact during this time.” CA First 5

Books to Read

"Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On"
by Lois Ehlert (Activity 7)

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
by Bill Martin (Activity 8) (audio book available) (NOTE: Please look for the 25th anniversary edition where the text is back to the original wording)

"Old Henry"
by Joan Blos (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Alphabet Song"
Album: Big Don’s Big Beat (Activity 5)

"Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel"
Album: The Very Best (Activity 20)

"The Turtle Song"
by Suzi Shelton Album Simply Suzi (Activity 11)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

There Was A Little Turtle

(Activity 11 Month 11)

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.

He swam in the water, he climbed on the rocks.  

He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea, he snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught that mosquito, he caught that flea, he caught that minnow, but he didn’t catch me.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(Activity 19 Month 11)

Now I lay me down to sleep.  

I’ll count these hands instead of sheep.  

Help me to remember these friends I made.      

And all the wonderful times we played.