Make your Own Puzzles

Hello, friends!

I originally had a colouring activity scheduled but my four year old deemed it too boring. So, you have him to thank (or blame) for this week’s new activity.


We’re creating puzzles this week! Like all our activities, you can make this activity as hard or as easy as you need to for your child.


  • 8x11 sheets of paper (or smaller if you want)
  • Sharpie or thick marker
  • Scissors


  • Write a large version of the character you want to use
  • Cut up the paper into shapes and pieces

Alternate Ideas: You can have your child cut the paper into different shapes

Quick Tip: You can make the puzzle harder or easier depending on what shapes you choose as well as how many and how large the pieces are.



Puzzles (age 3+, single person)

1) Show your child the character/puzzle in its entirety first.
2) Mix up the pieces
3) Have your child put the puzzle together.

Alternate ideas: If you have multiple children, you can have them race to see who can put together a puzzle the fastest.

Quick Tip: If it’s too hard for your child to do at first, you can spread out the pieces in roughly the same shape as the actual puzzle and then have your child put them back together. You can see an example of that in the first video.

Below, there are four videos of different shapes. You can see which ones are easier or harder for my 4 year old son. But don’t worry about the shapes so much. It’s a very easy to make activity so if you find that your child thinks it is too hard or too easy, you can make another version really quickly.


Puzzle characters video 1

Puzzle characters video 2

Puzzle characters video 3

Puzzle characters video 4

We would love to hear your comments and see pictures of your kids doing the activities. Make sure you join our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group and share with us!


Repeat characters your child is having trouble remembering.

Most people are tempted to endlessly drill characters their children are having difficulty recalling, but that is not the purpose of this tip. This is to use muscle memory to bridge between the parts your child knows and the parts they don’t know.

For example, say your child is having a hard time with 在 (/zài/ exist, be alive) in the sentence, “你的家在山下.”

Usually, we would probably drill 在 until both we and our child are annoyed because they still can’t recall 在. This is because they haven’t connected the new character with the characters they already know.

So, here is what you can do:

  1. Have your child repeat 在 a few times.
  2. Then have your child repeat 在山 a few times.
  3. Then have your child repeat 家在山 a few times.
  4. Repeat the process by adding the previous character one at a time until they can read the full sentence without stumbling.

This feel so tedious, but it works really well!

Join us in our Facebook Group and meet other parents who are teaching their kids Sagebooks Basic Chinese 500 at all different ages and levels.

Have a wonderful day and we’ll see you next week!