Looking for puzzle activities for kids? This section offers educational games that develop children’s reasoning and problem-solving skills. These games are appropriate for beginners or even experts!
These 25 Outside-Of-The-Box Puzzle Activities are amazing ways to play with, create, and learn from puzzles. Sure, we all know how to put basic puzzles together, but have your kids ever built a brain? Or did you know you can use a cookie sheet to keep puzzle pieces in place while you travel?
These are kind of outside of the box ideas we would love to find here at Play Ideas. Have fun!
Learn about developing your child’s problem-solving, spatial and fine motor skills with these out-of-the-box Puzzle Activities!
Educational and Crafty Outside-Of-The-Box Puzzle Activities
1. Alphabet Puzzles
The ABC’s of this activity are pretty plain to see. Your preschoolers are sure going to love this alphabet puzzle (unavailable) by Little Hands Big Work Blog for them to try… It could be a great indoor play activity during winter too!
2. Crafty Brain Puzzle
It doesn’t take a big brain to put together this little puzzle brain by The Crafty Classroom… But it’s still super fun and can be done by kids of all ages.
3. Cereal Boxes Puzzle Game
You’ll have a minute to put together this cereal box scramble puzzle by Let’s Get Together…and GO!
4. Easter Egg Name Puzzle
This layers easter egg name puzzle by How Wee Learn is awesome for the littles who are learning name recognition.
5. Family Picture Puzzle Activity
The whole family is going to love this indoor play idea, especially when it comes to assembling their faces puzzle-style. Try this fun puzzle activity for kids by My Imaginary Blog on your next family night.
6. Lovely Puzzle Piece Art Necklace
Your kids and their friends will always fit together with these puzzle piece necklaces by Child in Harmony.
7. Cool Head Matching Puzzle Activity
Match the hat to the body in this fun head-matching puzzle by Powerful Mothering. For super silly fun, mix them up!
8. Holiday Popsicle Stick Puzzles
No matter what holiday it is, your kids can make their own holiday puzzles using popsicle sticks by Crafty Mornings. Use more popsicle sticks for older kids to enjoy, or add to your preschooler’s sensory bin. Either way, it works!
9. Lego Blocks Puzzle Pieces
Lego blocks as puzzle pieces? Why that’s an idea that just clicks! Try this amazing idea from I Can Teach My Child and enjoy an indoor play with the kids!
10. Popsicle Puzzle Piece Arts and Crafts
We love puzzle piece art to pieces. This fancy puzzle piece art by The Active Toddler is not just going to be a great indoor play idea, but a great gift idea for family and friends as well!
11. Solve Math Puzzles in Popsicle Sticks
Count on this puzzle by Kids Activities Blog to teach your kids math skills and give them a fun time.
12. Mona Lisa Puzzle for Kids
It took more than one person to put this Mona Lisa puzzle (unavailable) by Mrs. Brown Art Blog together. Mostly because they had to draw her first.
13. Fun Animal Numbers Puzzle
Is your little one learning their numbers? Help them with this fun indoor play animal numbers puzzle by Free Homeschool Deals.
14. Number Recognition Puzzle Activity
A fun puzzle activity by First Grade School Box designed to help your kids learn about number recognition (unavailable), basic counting, and having fun!
15. Paint Chip Puzzles
Paint chips are free at the store and they make for awesome DIY puzzle pieces. Be sure to try this trick by Happily Ever Mom Blog and enjoy free puzzles with your kids!
16. Puzzle Activity using Paint and Paper Plates
This puzzle activity for toddlers by Laughing Kids Learn only includes the use of paper plates and paint! It’s definitely going to be fun for babies, toddlers and preschool children for an afternoon of indoor play.
17. US State Puzzle Activity
Learning about the states and how they fit together (unavailable) was never as much fun before this printable by Mr. Printables came along. This can be a great indoor and homeschool play for older kids to enjoy.
18. Alien Puzzle Piece Art
Turn those spare or leftover puzzle pieces into adorable alien visitors by following this fun arts and crafts idea from Creations By Sheryl. How cute are those little aliens?
19. Puzzle Piece Can Art Activity
This puzzle can looks complicated, but it’s really quite simple…and would make such an adorable gift. Follow the steps in Meijo’s Joy Blog and enjoy this craft with your kids!
20. Adorable Puzzle Piece Art Puppets
If you need more ideas on how to make a puzzle piece art, why not make puzzle puppets? Be sure to try this arts and crafts idea by Domestic Goddesque. Also, that baby is just too cute!
21. Puzzle Mat using Your Kids’ Toys
If your child is ready for more complex shape recognition, make them this puzzle mat by CBC Parents with different objects from their toy bin.
22. Puzzle Piece Tree Art Activity
This puzzle piece tree from I Heart Crafty Things is beautiful. It would make such a great rainy day afternoon project for kiddos.
23. Sponge Puzzle Activity
Even the littlest littles can get involved with puzzle activities. Let them do this easy sponge puzzle activity by Education Blog.
24. Magnetic Puzzle Pieces
Take your child’s puzzle to go (unavailable) by putting magnets on the bottoms of the pieces and attaching them to this cooking sheet. This awesome puzzle idea is from Play Date Crashers.
25. Vegetable Puzzle Activities
This cute vegetable shape recognition puzzle activity by The Idea Room makes for a fun and interesting puzzle activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Teach them how to get to know their vegetables early with this fun indoor play craft.
More Puzzle Activities for Kids of All Ages from Play Ideas
- Bake a Cookie Puzzle for Christmas and your kids are going to love it!
- Enjoy these free puzzle printables for your schooling kids!
- This activity list for 1-year-olds includes a great amount of puzzle activities! Check them out here.
- Teach your kindergarteners sight words with puzzles in this fun post.
- Keep your preschoolers busy with more puzzle ideas here.
- Use stained glasses for puzzle activities!
- Put the puzzle in Picasso in these fun arts and crafts activities for kids.
What puzzle activity are you trying to do today?