Life moves in rhythms and cycles with nature; our Wheel of Life Puzzles help awaken children to this idea. These puzzles illustrate various life cycles by familiarizing children with how a cycle works: that the end is the beginning again. This builds an understanding and appreciation of the perfection and sustainability of nature’s cycles. It also develops a sense of how these cycles relate to the eight directions taught by indigenous cultures. Cycles begin in the East with the dawning of the day and continue clockwise, with each puzzle piece reflecting the qualities of its directional point and its place on the Wheel.
The Wheel of Life–Life Cycles Bundle includes the Wheel of Life Puzzle Base, Life Cycle of a Bean Plant Puzzle, Life Cycle of a Butterfly Puzzle, and Food Chain in the Temperate Forest Puzzle. The wooden base is designed to be used with all Wheel of Life puzzles. Tabs for directions are placed by the child to reinforce their orientation to the eight cardinal points and serve as a control for the puzzle pieces. Each puzzle includes eight puzzle pieces, corresponding text sequence cards, and a Guide to Presentation. This bundle also includes blackline masters so that children can create their own cycles and a wooden box with lid for storage. Please let us know if you need to purchase any of these pieces separately. (3 to 9 years)
The Food Chain in a Temperate Forest:
Starting with an acorn seedling, the pieces move up the food chain: children learn about a caterpillar that feeds on the tree, a bird that eats the caterpillar, a snake that eats the bird's egg, and a hawk that eats the snake. The story focuses on the transfers of energy necessary to support a food chain, emphasizing the cyclical nature of these actions.
The Bean Plant's Life Cycle:
The pieces track the progression of the seedling's growth throughout the seasons. Children get to follow along with the plant's growth, budding and fruiting, death, and renewal as a new plant from its own seeds sprouts to start the cycle again.
The Butterfly's Life Cycle:
The pieces track the progression of the caterpillar's growth and metamorphosis into a Monarch; the Monarch's life and reproduction begin the cycle anew.
- Guides to Presentation for each Puzzle*
- 3 Life Cycle Puzzle sets with 8 wooden puzzle pieces each
- 3 sets of 8 Life Cycle Puzzle Sequence Cards
- Wheel of Life puzzle base
- Wooden lidded box for storage
*available for download in our A–Z PDF library