DIY Shape Puzzles- Upcycle blocks to make these simple puzzles for preschoolers!

There are so many shape puzzles on the market. We have a few ourselves. But I wanted to add another one to our repertoire- one that offered a different opportunity for creativity and investigation after we were through with the shape recognition.


  • Markers
  • Jenga blocks

First, I used a sharpie marker to draw and color shapes on two Jenga blocks. Next, I laid them out all mixed up and let the boys at it. It didn’t take long for my oldest to start making pairs. My youngest didn’t show an interest in shape matching today (that’s ok, we’ll try again tomorrow).


Younger kids might like to just start by matching colors first. When they’ve become comfortable with that they can move on to the actual shape matching.

Ways to extend the activity: Have children hunt for the shapes in a sensory bin. My boys love searching through beans or dried peas!


Another fun idea is to mix the shapes up for all new creations! What does a circle-square look like? How about a star-triangle? My three year old decided he wanted to make a shapes train when he finished matching them:


Before long both my boys were making shape towers and and houses. I’m looking forward to seeing all the creative ways my they’ll use these blocks for play and learning. Their creativity never ceases to amaze me!

Ways to extend the activity: Introduce your child to the concept of symmetry. Have them group the shapes that display symmetry and the ones that don’t. 

For even MORE ways to play with SHAPES in Early Childhood, please visit the activity suggestions from the #TeachECE team below:

Shiny Showy Shapes Alliteration Fun by Growing Book by Book

Roll and Cover The Shapes Alphabet Activity by Mom Inspired Life

Shapes Preschool Theme Sand Writing Tray by Learning 2 Walk

Mixing Shapes with Our Bodies ā€“ Group Activity by Capri + 3

Shape Sensory Squish Bag by Still Playing School

Shape I Spy for Preschoolers: Free Printable by Life Over Cā€™s

Exploring Shapes with Yarn by Tiny Tots Adventures

Playdough Shapes Building Challenge for Preschoolers by The Preschool Toolbox Blog

Preschool Shape Hunt Activities by Fun-A-Day

Make your own shape puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers!

20 thoughts on “DIY Shape Puzzles”

  1. Great activity! I keep looking for “Jenga” blocks at Dollar Tree, so I can use them for activities, but they never have them in stock. I hope I find some soon, so I can make these for my daughter!

  2. I am putting Jenga on my list of things to find at the next garage sale! My son really loves matching and I know he will use this activity for hours! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you Richa! Glad you love simple ideas like this as much as we do! šŸ™‚

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