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 of Humans Bundle includes the Wheel of Life Puzzle Base, The Life Cycle of a Human Female Puzzle, and The Life Cycle of a Human Male 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. Please let us know if you need to purchase any of these pieces separately. (3 to 9 years)
Life Cycle of a Human Male:
Children get to follow a human male's growth from an infant to a young man who becomes a doctor and starts a family. He enjoys his career and family through middle age then retires to a life of writing and travel before passing away in old age. This puzzle highlights the many stages of the human lifespan and the lessons to be passed to the next generations.
Life Cycle of a Human Female:
Children get to follow a human female's growth from an infant to a young woman who becomes an architect and starts a family. She enjoys her career and family through middle age and retires to a life by the seaside before passing away in old age. This puzzle highlights the many stages of the human lifespan and the lessons to be passed to the next generations.
- Guides to Presentation*
- 2 sets of Life Cycle Puzzle sets with 8 wooden puzzle pieces each
- 2 sets of 8 Life Cycle Sequence Cards
- Wheel of Life puzzle base
- Wooden lidded box for storage
*available for download in our A–Z PDF library