Presidential Silhouette Puzzle
Use ice pop or craft sticks or tongue depressors to create puzzles with die-cut shapes or photos.
Creating puzzles that will be used over and over again helps eye-hand coordination and problem solving and is an imaginative way to illustrate history, oral reports and storytelling.
Students will practice eye-hand coordination and problem solving while assembling puzzle pieces.
Supplies Used: Adhesive, Color copier, Construction paper, Craft knife, Crayons or markers, Ice pop or craft sticks or tongue depressors, Magnetic self-adhesive business cards, Metal tray or cookie sheet, Mod Podge®, Removable tape, Scissors, White glue
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut Abraham Lincoln using various colors of construction paper. Leave one shape whole and adhere cut highlights, or use crayons or markers to highlight the hat and the beard.
- Make a color copy of the decorated die-cut shape (one sheet of paper adheres better to the stick and cuts more easily), or use the hand-colored sheet. Trim around the finished copy shape.
- Place two long strips of removable tape in vertical rows on a table, and place the sticks on the tape. Continue placing the sticks in a large enough area to contain the finished shape.
- Leave a very slight gap between the sticks for easier cutting with the craft knife.
- Cover the back of the decorated shape with Mod Podge (or white glue that has been watered down), and adhere to the sticks, allowing them to dry following drying instructions on the product.
- Using a craft knife, slice along the gaps between the sticks. (The teacher should do this.)
- Add a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the shape sticks, and allow them to dry following drying instructions on the product.
- Cut self-adhesive business cards into strips. Peel off the backing, and attach a strip to the back of each stick.
- Students can use a metal tray or cookie sheet to assemble the puzzle (Main Photo).
- Die-cut any other shape, and assemble the puzzle as above following steps 1 through 8.
English Language Arts
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
- Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language and genre to create, critique and discuss print and nonprint texts.
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
- Students use spoken, written and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion and the exchange of information).
Fine Arts & Visual Arts
NA.VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
- Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.
NA.VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
- Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.
Safety & Physical Education
Standard 2.4 Children Develop Competence and Confidence in Activities That Require Gross- and Fine-Motor Skills
- 2.4.2 Develop and refine fine-motor skills (e.g., complete gradually more complex puzzles, use smaller-sized manipulatives during play and use a variety of writing instruments in a conventional manner).
Social Science–U.S. History
NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures who Contributed to its Cultural, Economic and Political Heritage
- Understands how democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events and symbols.