Giant Magnetic Puzzle

I admit it. I’m hooked — on Pinterest, that is. One of the first things I found on Pinterest was using oil drip pans, hung on the wall as a magnetic board for use with your pre-schooler at home. I don’t have pre-schoolers around here anymore but I was immediately attracted to this idea for the Bible class.  I knew this would be perfect for my elementary aged Bible class.

This quarter, we are studying the first three kings of Israel — Saul, David and Solomon.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to take the plunge and buy me some oil drip pans.  I created a giant puzzle of each king.  The puzzle pieces have statements about that king on the back.  The students choose a puzzle piece, read the statement, decide which king it’s talking about and put it where it belongs.  There are 3 parts to this activity.

Oil Drip Pans:  I bought 3 of these oil drip pans at a local automotive store for about $10 each.  I hung the pans on the wall with the 3M Command strips that don’t damage the wall.

Puzzle Pieces:   I scanned a picture of each of the kings into my computer and printed them 16″X20″ on card stock.  This size printed out evenly on 4 sheets of card stock which allowed me to cut 4″X5″ puzzle pieces.   I put magnets on the back of these cards (business card sized magnets cut into 4 pieces). Also, I glued a statement about the king the puzzle piece belongs to.  For example:  I was a Benjamite.  My son and David were best friends.

The Grid:  I trimmed the poster to 18″X22″.  I drew a grid on the poster board with 16 square, 4″X5″.   I covered 4 magnetic business cards with colored paper (just for decoraton) and used these magnetic cards to hold the grid in place on the pan.

These pans can be used for all kinds of activities. These will be on this wall for the entire quarter. I’m already thinking of ways to use them next quarter.


3 responses to “Giant Magnetic Puzzle

  1. It really is one of cutest things I have seen in a while. You have always been good at coming up with fresh ideas. Is there a setting on the computer that knows to print out pictures that make up that size of a poster? I will have to ask pat to do it and I will cut it out.

    • Thank you Karolyn. the kids enjoy it in class. Right now, it’s really easy for them because we’re studying Saul. We’ll add the David puzzle and mix it in with the Saul pieces when we start studying David and then add Solomon into the mix when we get to him. Then, it should be a little more difficult.

      Choosing the size to print is done in the print dialog box. Click print, then before you tell it OK, look for output size and click it. A new box should open and you can tell it what size to print. It should show a little diagram of how many pages will be used. I kept adjusting the output size until there were just 4 pages showing. I’m not sure all computers do it the same way but maybe this will help you get started.

  2. i love this idea. I bought the oil drip pan but just use alphabet magnets on it

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