We talked about the sun and how its bright rays can fade the color of the dye on the paper. I don't know how much my daughter understood about what I said, but it never hurts to explain.
Next, I prompted my tot to place the letters and numbers on the papers. When she put them down, I asked her to repeat the number word and letter names and sounds.
My daughter was over-the-moon excited that she created her very own puzzles! The fact that she made them by herself motivated her to want to practice her numbers and letters for the second time that day, She sat in the living room and completed each puzzle twice.
We plan on making these again, but next time I am going to trim the constriction paper to the size of regular printer paper (8.5' x 11'). This way, we can place the puzzles into sheet protectors so that they can travel with us to outings where we may need something quiet and entertaining to do.