DIY Puzzles For Kids

If you flick through my Instagram account you will notice that we love making our own puzzles, especially from craft sticks (do you call them craft sticks or popsicle sticks? Here in Australia we call them craft sticks!).

Craft stick puzzles are super easy and affordable to make. You can decorate them any way that you like too. You can paint them, color with marker pens or even use them as a base to collage on. Once the paint is dry, simply pop them in a snap lock bag, take them on holidays and road trips, and play with them over and over. You will never be bored again!

Another neat thing about craft stick puzzles is that they can be used as a fun way to practice number recognition and order. You can label each craft stick with a number (or even letters) and then put your puzzle pieces together in order. Lining up the puzzle pieces and manipulating them into place is also great fine motor skill practice!

Here are some of my most favorite craft stick puzzles that we have made.


Keep reading to find out how to make our recently published geometric craft stick puzzles.

Here is what you will need:

Craft sticks

Washi tape



Black marker pen

Paint or marker pens


Here is what you will need to do:

  1. Line 12 craft sticks up in a row. Secure the sticks in place with two strips of washi tape.

2. At this point, you may like to label each stick with a number. You can label either the front or the back of the sticks, depending on how hard you would like your puzzle to be.

3. Next, take a ruler and a pencil and rule geometric lines across your puzzle. If you do not want to make a geometric puzzle, that’s fine, at this point simply draw the picture that you would like.


4. Paint (or color) your puzzle pieces. Allow the paint to dry completely.

5. Flip your puzzle over carefully and remove the washi tape.

6. Piece your puzzle back together.

And that’s it! It is so easy to make these puzzles, and the neat thing is, that once you have made them, you can use them over and over again. Just store your pieces in a snap lock bag or a small container whilst not in use! That way you won’t loose any pieces!

Thanks again for reading! Jacinta Xx


Here are some FREE printable paper puzzle files for you! Enjoy!

Click here for a rainbow puzzle DIY:

Click here for under the sea toddler puzzles:

Click here for some blank puzzle templates:


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