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.

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.
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!

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

    Fifth in the Middle

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

  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.

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

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


  6. So great! Love how we could create our own based on what interests our class.

  7. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

  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

  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!


  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!

  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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