I got the idea to create cereal box puzzles from a lady at my church. She was discussing how her kids learned early reading skills through interacting with and recognizing brands, that this “recognition” was the first step for them in sight reading. One of her children has special needs and helping that child learn to recognize brands has helped make her more independent as she can now go get “her” cereal, etc. We’ll feature more of Mary’s ideas later, but for now, here is an activity that my preschoolers did to create their own puzzles out of the fronts to some cereal, granola and macaroni and cheese boxes.
First we cut the fronts off of our boxes, then we drew random straight lines on the back as cutting guides. When my kids have better dexterity I am sure we could have made the lines more curved, but for now cutting along a straight line was challenge enough. Then, once we cut all our pieces out, we had fun assembling our puzzle.