This week, 3-year-old 老大 (lǎo dà / oldest child) learned about eye movements and pupillary accommodation to light and dark. We had fun rolling our eyes in different directions to make sure that the right and left were in sync, and we had fun checking our pupillary reflex with flashlights…Well, actually, I think my daughter had more fun while I’m still seeing spots from her shining the light too much! To supplement our real life lesson about our eyes, I created a felt eye puzzle that my daughter could play with. I’ll show you how to make this eye puzzle, and I promise that it is pretty easy!
This easy DIY hands-on eye puzzle focuses on the parts of the eye. What I love about this human anatomy activity is that the loose felt parts encourage creativity while learning! My daughter had a fun time making her own combinations of colors of eye parts. Later, she cut her own felt pieces and chose to make “red eyes” to represent “mommy’s tired eyes”!! Anyway, back to writing about this activity so that I can soon rest my sleepy, bloodshot eyes! 🙂
Important vocabulary about eye anatomy
- 眉毛 (méimáo / eyebrow)
- 眼睛 (yǎnjīng / eye)
- 虹膜 (hóngmó / iris)
- 颜色 (yánsè / color)
- 瞳孔 (tóngkǒng / pupil)
- 看到 (kàn dào / see, notice)
- 看见 (kàn jiàn / see, catch sight of)
What you need to make a felt eye puzzle:
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- Colorful felt
- Black pen
- Black Sharpie marker
- Circle shape stencil
- Eye template (free downloadable and editable printable)
- Cardboard (recommended for durability) – we used the back of a construction paper pack
How to make a felt eye puzzle:
- Print template and cut along the lines
- Trace template pieces on cardboard. This will be the base of the puzzle
- Label 眉毛 and 眼睛 on cardboard with black Sharpie marker so the characters are clear, large, and easy to read
- Trace 眉毛 and 眼睛 pieces on felt
- Cut 眉毛 and 眼睛
- Use circle template to trace and cut iris and pupils
- Let child have fun making different combinations of the parts of the eye!
- Although I didn’t capture a photo of this, I suggest making different sized pupils to reinforce pupillary constriction/dilation. With different sized pupils, explain that the pupils constrict in bright light and dilate in dark light
- Explain that the eyes must move in all directions to see clearly
Teach kids eye colors
To reinforce the concepts about common eye colors, I also drew also different colored eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes on my daughter’s easel. Later, we did a simple matching game where 老大 (lǎo dà / oldest child) had to match pictures of different eyes with the Chinese character of the eye color.
If you try this Felt Eye Puzzle activity, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram and Facebook. Happy learning, friends!