Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Putting Together Great Behavior!

It all started with a PIN...
I saw and pinned this a long time ago.

I knew that I wanted to do something with it, but just what I wasn't sure.
I decided to use it as a behavior incentive.

My idea was to have the kids earn puzzle pieces for good behavior,
and when the puzzle was complete, they would earn a prize.

OK, so I set off in search of the perfect puzzle to use for the project.
I wanted a puzzle with about 25 pieces, but not too babyish.
NO SUCH LUCK!

I found this one at the dollar store...
Thought it might work, but I just couldn't wrap my head around it.

I have been playing around with my Silhouette 
and decided to see if they had a puzzle template that would work.
BINGO!
Found just what I was looking for!
I decided to make my own puzzles!
I designed them in PowerPoint and saved the images.
Then I opened the images in Silhouette and layered the puzzle template,
 and then adjusted the sizes to fit.

I printed and laminated the pages.
Thanks to
For letting me know that I could cut out the puzzle AFTER I laminated it!
I used the following settings to cut out the laminated puzzles:
Speed - 3
Thickness - 33
Blade - 5
Double cut

I started out with this one...

It was OK.  I wanted one to be generic.
Then I thought about what inexpensive, kid-pleasing rewards I would use.

These are the ones I came up with...




After they were cut out, I put magnets on the backs.



Here are the finished puzzles...





I am really excited to use them, and I think the kids will love them too!

Afterthought...
After having completed this, I think next time I make one, I will use magnetic sheets instead of adding magnets to the back.  I think this will make the pieces fit together better.
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19 comments :

  1. That's awesome! And I love that something else did the cutting!

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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  2. Those look great. What a fun way to reward positive behavior. :)
    Polliwog Place

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  3. These are so cute. The kids will love it because it is so different and creative. I love how they have to work together to make it happen.

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  4. LOVE this idea!!!! Best Monday Made It idea of the week.

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  5. WOW Those are amazing!! Love them! I have to figure out how to use the Silhouette.

    Heidi
    Secondgradealicious!

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  6. So great! Love how we could create our own based on what interests our class.
    -Leslie
    TeachJunkie.com
    KindergartenWorks.com

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  7. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This is a great idea for building community and for classroom management of behavior. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    Diamond Mom's Treasury

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  9. Oh my goodness. You need an Etsy shop, and to start selling these.

    Some of us are very craft-challenged, but would adore these!

    Dawn

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  10. What a splendid idea! I love that you gave the settings you used on the silhouette and the tip for cutting them out after laminating is brilliant. Thanks!

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  11. Would you consider making these and actually shipping them out to those of us who don't own a Silhouette machine?

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