The "Missing Pieces" activity is fittingly named because, much like a puzzle with missing pieces, it invites children to locate and place these missing parts in the correct sequence to complete the challenge. It's educational adventure time!


  • Write the alphabet on a piece of paper but leave a few of the letters out.  Put the missing letters on a sticky note and have your child fill in the blanks with the sticky notes.  
  • Write the alphabet in lowercase letters on a piece of paper and write the alphabet in uppercase on 26 sticky notes.  Have your child put the correct uppercase letter on all of the lowercase letters.
  • Write the alphabet on a piece of paper and set out sound flashcards.  Have your child match the sound flashcard with the letters. 
  • Write your child's name with a few missing letters.  Write it again with different letters missing and continue doing this with different variations as many times as you'd like.  Put the missing letters on sticky notes and have your child fill in the blanks. 
  • Write numbers in ascending order on a sheet of paper with some numbers missing.  Write the missing numbers on sticky notes and have your child fill in the blanks.  
  • Write random numbers down the middle of a piece of paper.  Write the number that comes before it and the number that comes after it, on sticky notes.  Do this for all of the numbers on the page. Have your child put the correct sticky note before and after each number.
Benefits of this activity:
1. Develop problem-solving skills: By filling in the missing letters or numbers, children are challenged to think critically and come up with a solution.
2. Enhances fine motor skills: Writing on sticky notes and placing them in the correct spot requires precise hand movements, helping improve fine motor skills.
3. Encourages independence: As your child fills in the blanks on their own, they gain confidence in their abilities and become more independent learners.
4. Promotes memory retention: By repeatedly writing and seeing letters or numbers, children are better able to remember them for future use.

These skills are crucial not just in an educational context, but in life pursuits that often feel like one big, ongoing puzzle.

So, as you gear up for your next preschool playdate or quiet afternoon at home, consider reaching for the missing pieces.  Get ready to see those little ones beam with pride and joy as they conquer these mini-puzzles!

This is one of the activities from my activity book: Pre-K The Fun Way
The book contains many fun and engaging activities that help your child learn while having fun.

Xx Jeni



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