Emmett love puzzles and is getting quite proficient at recognizing letters and numbers so this number puzzle is a perfect activity (it's been a great activity for the past 6+ months too).
Having two sets of kids at similar ages lends itself to a lot of comparing. I try my best not to make it better and worse rather, different. I'm afraid I don't succeed most of the time - I'm working on it! At the moment of the below picture, the same instructions had been given to both 3 year olds. Here are the different approaches.
These are all smart kids, just different, so it didn't take long before both puzzles looked like this...
Next we painted. I LOVE water color painting. It's not too messy and the kids got to wear smocks! ADORABLE!