Group art project. Each student designs his/her own piece of the puzzle. This would be cool to do with the girls, each year on thier birthday they design a different piece and give them the puzzle for graduation
Great beginning of the Year activity: All About Me Theme craft. Students write facts about themselves, have them bring a special item from home to put inside the bag. Have them present to the class or a small group as a getting-to-know-you activity.