DIY Wooden Shape Puzzles

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How to make your own DIY Wooden shapes puzzles. These are pretty simple, and so cute and fun! A great way to work on learning shapes with toddlers, and also colours

My son is quite the logical thinker. From a very young age, he has always loved puzzles and working out how to make things connect. I would love to say he gets this analytical thinking from me, but I’m not a very good problem solver so it must be from his Dad! At the minute my son is obsessed with learning his shapes so I decided to foster that passion further!

I had some scrap wood lying around my home from various DIY projects I had done in the past year. I decided to use them to make simple wooden shape puzzles.

Aside from the sawing, it really required little effort to make and is perfect for a quick afternoon crafty project. Not to mention my son really enjoys playing with them! So a win win for this mama!

Supplies you will need:

  • Manual saw
  • Wooden scrap blocks
  • Velcro spots
  • Acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil
  • Clear varnish
  • Sander

How to make the wooden shapes puzzle

I sanded the planks down just to smooth out the rough edges.

Next I drew on shapes to the centre of each wooden block. I’m no artist so I used household items to get the different shapes I.e cups to make the circle, books to make the squares.

drawing shapes on wood

I went with 7 shapes that I knew were my sons favourite.

Next I taped around the edges of my drawings with tape so outlines would be sharp and clear once paint was applied .

using painters tape to keep the paint outline sharp

I applied paint with a thin brush. This was fun and very therapeutic. I did more coats on some just to get an even finish

Next, leave to dry and then remove tape.

painting shapes onto wood

Flip the blocks over and saw into 4 parts.

sawing wood to make a kids puzzle

Coat each block with clear varnish so it doesn’t scratch off


And thats it!

diy shape puzzles made from wood

diy shape puzzles made from wood

diy shape puzzles made from wood

diy shape puzzles made from wood

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