DIY PUZZLE for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Toddlers love exploring puzzle especially once they reach the 18-month mark.  Today I am going to show you how to make a DIY PUZZLE for Toddlers and Preschoolers. My son started showing interest in puzzles when he was around 18-19 months old. We initially did big chunky puzzles then moved to peg puzzles and finally puzzles without images at the back but with just image outline.


Continuing our journey on puzzles I decided to make this simple DIY 2 part puzzle. I wanted to have a shapes activity for my son and this puzzle was a perfect fit for our shapes themed shelf.

Materials needed

  1. A piece of cardboard ( cut some from the shipping box and cover it with white paper).
  2. Sketch pens
  3. Scissors
  4. White paper
  5. Colored Stock paper or thick colored paper
  6. Velcro
  7. Glue

Homemade puzzles can be made out of many materials around the house like greeting cards, newspaper, cereal boxes etc. You can tailor make puzzles based on your child’s ability and interest levels.

STEPS FOR MAKING DIY PUZZLE for Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • Take a print of the shapes using the free printable link- shapes-matching-printable.
  • Cut the shapes and trace them on a thick cardboard paper. See picture below.
  • Trace the shapes on a thick colored paper
  • Cut the Colored shapes in the center to make it into two halves.
  • Stick one part of Velcro on the cardboard sheet on top of each shape and the other part on the color cut out.Simple homemade low cost 2 part puzzle is ready to be explored by your toddler.

Check out this detailed video on this simple DIY PUZZLE for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

You can also use different colored paper for each shape to add more fun to this activity.


There are many developmental benefits of doing puzzles:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Hand Eye Coordination
  • Confidence
  • Concentration

Do share pictures of the final puzzle you made and let me know how your toddler enjoyed it.




  • Divya July 19, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Nice explanatory videos SriVi..

    • srividya August 17, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Thank you so much Divya


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