We are going to a friend's birthday party this afternoon -- he is turning four, and so we made this little name puzzle for him. I got the idea from Laura's teacher, who in September mailed "welcome to kindergarten!" letters to the kids, and included one of these in each. Both of the girls still enjoy putting it together, stuck onto the refrigerator -- Julia at four is recognizing letters and starting to write her name, as well as being fascinated with shapes and puzzles.
I used a piece of cardstock from the scrapbook store, one that was colorful but not too busy so that I could print Charlie's name on it. (I made sure to use a font that was close to the classic school letter shapes, especially with the simpler "a" -- this one is Century Gothic. I'm not sure that this really matters, but Charlie's only just turning four, no need to overly-complicate things.) Laura and I walked over to Kinko's yesterday and laminated the card, and then I cut the letters apart, into simple but fairly distinctive shapes.
Laura helped stick on the adhesive magnets (it was a bonus that the cardstock I liked had a design on both sides!) --
and voilà! An easy, fun, homemade gift.