A puzzle with teachers' names on individual pieces. Unique gift idea.
I made this puzzle heart for the kindergarten graduation celebration when my oldest son was going off to school.
It was an emergency gift making and I had 3 hours to "do something".
The whole idea was to say to the kindergarten teachers: YOU ARE THE HEART OF THIS PLACE. You and only you can bring warmth, joy, caring and attention to the children while they are here.
This is how I did it:
- Grabbed a half-sheet of 8mm plywood for the bottom and 6mm plywood for the pieces. The bottom is 60x60cm in size.
- Searched google images for a more interesting heart shape and drew the shape freehand onto the 6mm plywood.
- It is very helpfull to draw the outlines of the entire heart shape and the individual pieces onto the lower 8mm plywood as well. It really eases the assembly later on.
- Did cut the entire heart shape into smaller pieces using a scrollsaw
- DO NUMBER individual pieces on the "bad side" that faces the lower board. Trust me, I learned it the hard way ;) Took me 30 minutes to get the puzzle back together.
- Sand the edges to remove sharpness.
- Paint. Let the paint dry.
- Use a black marker to write.
- Used couple layers of laquer to make it smooth and shiny.
The finished piece has these inscriptions:
Name and year of the finishing group - lower left corner.
Names of all the kindergarten teachers on individual puzzle pieces.
On the right there is a name of the kindergarten - NAMINUKAS with every letter extending into these words: Naturalumas - naturalness; Atidumas - attention; Meile - love; Ismintis - wisdom; Naujoviskumas - innovation; Uzsidegimas - passion / enthusiasm; Kantrybe - patience; Atsidavimas - commitment; Sugebėjimas - ability.
These are all the things one must have and master to work with children :)
At the graduation ceremony, every teacher would be called from their seats, would come onto a small stage, find their name on a piece of puzzle, and add it to the big heart while everyone else was applauding. Children would say "Thank you" and give a bunch of flowers for each of them.
And yes, the ladies were crying :D