My family started going to church when The Boy was about 18 months old. It's taken me until now (he's 4 years old) to start getting more involved. I began teaching his AWANA class this year and I am always looking for ways to teach them and have fun at the same time.I think I've found a company, with Wee Believers, who is going to make my teaching experience a WHOLE lot easier!!
Wee Believers was founded by a Mom and Dad with the mission to develop children in their faith and give them opportunities to grow in character and virtue – during playtime!!
We were sent this Easter Scene Wooden Pop-out Puzzle for review and The Boy is really loving it. He's become interested in puzzles lately and although this is a little different, he still likes to dump out the pieces and then put them back where they belong. He always wants "help" but that usually means the he wants us to sit and watch him.
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This puzzle is not just a shape puzzle, though. It's a whole scene.
The Boy really enjoyed putting all of the pieces together to make the scene and move them around. The wooden pieces are very sturdy and he did need help with a few of them. In particular the cave has two pieces that help it stand up, a piece on top, and the angel fits on top of that piece. For stability, these were a little difficult for him. All of the other pieces just stand up in the small squares and then you just flip over the wooden board and there's the scene!!
I am very impressed with the quality and vibrant colors of all of the pieces.
I took this to church for our AWANA class last Sunday and made sure that The Boy knew we were going to share. He and a 3 year old girl sat at the table for quite a while playing with the pieces and rearranging the scene. I had the opportunity to talk a little about Jesus coming out of the grave with the pieces of the cave, rock, Jesus, and angel. Since they were playing and focused, they listened and I was excited to have such a fun tool to teach them.
The Boy and I have really enjoyed playing with this puzzle at home and in his AWANA class. He is talking about Jesus more and has stopped trying to "make Daddy dead" by shooting him (it's a daycare thing…we're working on it ). I think he's thinking about the story a little more because he gets this look on his face and then he randomly talks about it. I'm very happy!!
Here's a little more about the puzzle from the Wee Believers website:
Easter Scene Wooden Pop-out Puzzle • $16.99
The resurrection scene springs to life in this 3D wooden puzzle. 14 wooden pieces click into the base of the 16" x 12" puzzle. Recreate the resurrection scene as told in Matthew 28, and then use your imagination to create additional scenes. Parents can use the puzzle to point out key figures and places.
Disclaimer: GCWG received a product for this review; however, all opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received.