Make Your Own Puzzle with Blocks!

On a whim, we found a way to make our own puzzles!

On ‘one of those days’ I needed something to have Henry do to get out of his slump I started putting painters tape down on the floor… Not really sure what to do with it though.

I made squares.

Henry decided they were fields and ‘harvested’ these fields, then put up wooden cylindrical blocks for bins.

Getting those blocks out gave me an idea! We filled the squares with blocks, and made a homemade puzzle!

Make Your Own Puzzle with Blocks!

This totally got him out of his slump [except when George came over to move all the blocks].

Henry had to think about what he was doing. I loved this activity for that.

It wasn’t something he was used to.

Learning something new: problem solving.


Putting together a puzzle in his own way!


There was no right or wrong way to do it. Just to fill up the square, with no open holes.


Of course, once the squares were filled with blocks, Henry harvested them away, too.

Make Your Own Puzzle with Blocks!

I am feeling the need to link to other harvesting activities, where Henry breaks out the combine during his activity:

Henry is 3 years old.


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  1. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    Great idea! A new way to play with blocks is always welcome. My daughter was placing rocks on our block towers the other day! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brooke @ Let Kids Create says

    My 4 year old can't do enough puzzles, she loves them. We will try this out today! Thanks!

  3. Jackie H. says

    Fun! My son likes to line up his legos all around the tray side of our ottoman. He'll have to try fitting pieces in the middle of his box. Good critical thinking play!

  4. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas says

    love this idea Jamie – so simple yet such great play and a fab way to practice problem solving! Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Showcase & I shared this on our FB page too!


    • says

      Thanks Jennine! Simple often works the best around here!

      [Off to check out your site because Waddlee-Ah-Chee is such a blast from my past!! Brings back great memories!]

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