How to Make Wood Puzzles Painting Activity

I like using natural materials for kids crafts and activities. They are a clean slate just waiting for kids to explore the possibilities for imaginative and sensory play! 

Wood puzzles painting and matching activity for preschoolers

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In this activity, kids paint colorful designs on small blocks of wood which can then be used as puzzle pieces.

We have wood blocks in the toy box for everyday play and were able to use some of them in this activity.

If you have some small pieces of 2 x 4 or other sizes left over from a home renovation project, simply sand the wood smooth to remove possible splinters before beginning to paint.

You can also purchase wooden blocks online.

Wood puzzles kids can make with wood blocks

Supplies for wood puzzles:
  • wood blocks in a variety of sizes and shapes
  • washable kids' paint in a variety of colors

Wood puzzles handmade by kids

Instructions for wood puzzles:

1. Choose two (or more) pieces of wood of similar size and shape. Make sure the wood pieces stay in contact as you paint in order for the pattern to continue from one to the other.

2. Kids may choose to paint the wood block a solid color and allow that paint to dry before painting a design.

3. When the paint is dry, place all the blocks in a box or basket to mix them up - then start matching the puzzle pieces!


Small group activities:

  • Everyone chooses a block from the box. All participants then move through the group at the same time until each child has found the person with the matching puzzle piece.
  • Turn the blocks upside down on a table to hide the design. Flip one block over to reveal the design. Each child turns over a block and looks to see if its match has been revealed. Blocks remain with the design turned up until all the blocks are matched.
  • Put blocks together that do not match up to create abstract designs!

Wood blocks are a great option for your child's toy box. They are easy to handle and store. They come without instructions or batteries. And they last a long, long time.

What will your kids create from the clean slate offered by wood blocks?


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