World Autism Awareness Day Puzzle Piece Art for Kids

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April 2nd marks World Autism Awareness Day. The puzzle piece ribbon symbol that you see on this day (and other days) represents the complexity of autism along with hope for the future. Help your child to learn more about autism with a puzzle piece-themed art activity. This puzzle craft is perfect for kids in preschool and up.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Puzzle pieces-upcycle old pieces from puzzles that your child no longer uses
  • Poster board or cardboard
  • Tempera paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Clear-drying school glue
  • A  marker

Here’s What to Do:

  1. Sort the pieces into piles.
  2. Paint each pile a different color. including red, yellow and blue (light and dark blue).
  3. Draw a heart onto the poster board or cardboard.
  4. Glue the painted puzzle pieces onto the heart.
  5. Ask your child to write a special autism awareness message on the background. If your child is too young to spell the words themselves, you can write the letters lightly in pencil first. Have your child draw over the pencil writing with markers.

Your child can also make other autism awareness puzzle piece art. Draw the outline of the autism ribbon or any other shape onto the poster board or cardboard. Repeat the glue and placement steps. Let your child’s artwork dry completely before you display it.