Sunday, January 06, 2008

Unplugged Project : Puzzles

This week's Unplugged Project idea was PUZZLES!

I did not manage to pull together much of a "project" this week but the idea did serve as inspiration for several puzzle activities.

First, I found some sodoku puzzles that only use the numbers 1,2,3,4 and taught my five-year old how to do them. He did 2 this week with some assistance but seemd to catch on to the concept pretty well. I am not sure if he will continue or not. I *thought* he was working on his 3rd one when I realized he was actually just doodling in the boxes! This also inspired me and I have been trying to practice my sodoku skills as well. So far I am still at "Easy"

Second, my husband led a rousing scavenger hunt and the boys both loved it. He made lists for each child and then after that, my 5-year old made a list for his dad to find. My husband (very smartly) included putting all items back where you found them as part of the game, and they could not move on to the next round until that was done.

These were really fun unplugged activities that the whole family participated in. Unfortunately, I have no good pictures to share.

Oh yeah, and we did do the cereal box puzzles a couple months ago as well so we did not repeat that this week.


Heather said...

That sounds Like so much. Very good husband to make that rule for the game. LOL

Anonymous said...

Your husband is very clever and had a lot of forethought when he added the "put things back" rule! Funny!

I'm glad you had fun this week. I love Sudoku too. By the way, there is a link in the right sidebar of my blog to a Sudoku puzzle for kids that you can just print out every day. Some days it is very easy, just four numbers, sometimes it is a little harder.

Thank you for timing the load time of my blog. TWO MINUTES!!!??? You poor thing! I really appreciate you sticking it out! I have already begun looking into hosting my own site and will be switching as soon as I have time to figure it all out.

In the meantime, you might consider trying Firefox as your browser (it's a free download). That's what I use and I usually have no problem. So far everyone who has commented seems to agree that IE is way slower and buggier than Firefox. Let me know if you try it and what happens. I would be interested to see if it makes a difference for you!

Thanks again for joining in, and enjoy your day! (It is a snowy one here!)