We are continuing to learn about the human body, and I’m really excited to share this Mouth Puzzle that I made for 老大 (lǎodà / oldest child)! Since the eye felt puzzle was a big hit, I knew we needed to do something with felt again. I couldn’t find any Chinese books that clearly shows the parts of the mouth (the photos we have are too small). I also wanted to an enlarged view of the mouth to make sure that each label is clear enough for 老大 to read so that she could learn these new characters.
Although this mouth anatomy puzzle took a little longer than usual to prepare, it was worth it because 老大 really enjoyed it, and she’s played with it many times! Therefore, I am sharing my template to save time for your family to enjoy learning with the puzzle! In addition, the template can be enjoyed as a coloring sheet!
What you need:
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- Mouth puzzle & coloring sheet template (Free printable available in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, English, and Korean)
- Black Sharpie marker
- Black pen
- Colorful felt – need red, dark pink, medium pink, light pink, black, and white. Note: I bought ours on Amazon, but you might be able to find a better deal and larger sizes at local craft or fabric shops.
- Piece of cardboard (recommended for durability) – we used the back of a pack of construction paper
- Optional instead of cardboard:
What to do:
- Print mouth puzzle template and cut along the lines
- Trace template pieces on cardboard. This will be the base of the puzzle
- Trace template pieces on felt
- Cut felt mouth pieces
- Cut small white circles. I cut 20 circles since toddlers have 20 teeth.
- Label parts of mouth on cardboard
- Put the puzzle together!
- Optional: Instead of cardboard, you can print and laminate the template as the puzzle base
I intentionally left no instructions for the teeth as I wanted to see if 老大 could figure out how to place them. We practice counting and pretending that some teeth fell out. The white circle “teeth” are great for practicing basic math!
My daughter’s favorite part is the 小舌 (xiǎoshé / uvula) and peeking behind the flap!
I also drew the mouth on my daughter’s Melissa & Doug easel with a few sentences for reading practice. It’s important to reinforce new characters in different ways, and we love using the easel for its versatility in education and art!
If you try this mouth puzzle activity, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram and Facebook.
Don’t forget to also try our easy Felt Eye Puzzle! Here’s a funny picture of my daughter combining these two puzzles!
If you’re child likes puzzles, check out our other favorites that are easy to DIY:
- Bilingual Chinese-Korean Shape Puzzles
- Easy Craft Stick Rainbow Puzzle
- Craft Stick Puzzles – A Fun Way to Learn Color Names in Chinese!
- Yin-Yang Paper Plate Puzzle
- Velcro Numbers Puzzle
Happy learning, friends!