Homemade Puzzles for Kids

I love a making  homemade puzzles for kids.  We’ve had quite a few over the years: name puzzles,  toy puzzles and puzzles made from cereal boxes.  Today I came up with this building block puzzle when I was loading up a tray of blocks to take upstairs.

Ideas for homemade puzzles for toddlers

Making homemade puzzles for kids with wooden building blocks:

Provide your child with a tray, box or box lid, and a generous pile of  wooden building blocks, and challenge them to completely fill the tray with the blocks, until there is no empty space left in the tray.  It sounds easy, but it’s actually trickier than you think.


building block challenge - blocks in a tray

For a young child, you can provide them with much smaller box or container and just a few blocks.

If you don’t have a box or tray to make this work, try making a floor puzzle like the one over at Hands On: As We Grow.

I tried it myself, filling the tray to the max before giving it to the hooligans , and I totally loved it.  It was fun – kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle.  Almost therapeutic.  And it really was a challenge.  It probably took me about 20 minutes to get the perfect configuration of blocks.

When I presented it to the hooligans, I took several blocks out, and asked them if they could make them fit back into the tray.  I think they were a little too young to really grasp the concept, but they had fun re-arranging the blocks..building block challenge collage

And even more fun taking the blocks all OUT of the tray to make a city on the car-mat with them.

IMG_5144Even though my hooligans were a bit young for it, I wanted to pass the idea along to you because I really think it would be a great challenge for older kids!





  1. says

    This is a great play idea! I have done this on a smaller scale, and traced the shape of the blocks on the tray, or on paper taped to the tray, making it like a puzzle. That should make it easier for younger kiddos. :)

  2. says

    I really like the sound of this challenge. I wonder how my “instant gratification” boy would handle it. I like Debbye’s idea of having the shapes traced on paper too. Thanks for another wonderful idea!

    Cheers :-)

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