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Jumbo DIY Cardboard Puzzle Perfect for Toddlers and Babies

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Does your baby or toddler love puzzles? Your child will love this DIY cardboard puzzle that grows with them from Julie! 

We love puzzles in our house. It’s such a fun way to work on problem solving, critical thinking, and team work skills.

Plus, it’s totally hands-on!

DIY Cardboard Puzzle Perfect for Toddlers and Babies

I especially love this DIY jumbo cardboard puzzle because kids can make it themselves! Yup, a puzzle they can make and play with!

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To make your own DIY jumbo cardboard puzzle, you’ll need:

  • large piece of cardboard (we used left over cake boards from a birthday party!)
  • scissors
  • markers, crayons, or paint
Make your own custom cardboard puzzle that's perfect for babies and toddlers! Learn how to DIY your own with this simple tutorial.

Make your own baby or toddler DIY cardboard puzzle!

This simple puzzle play idea was so easy. It took us less than five minutes to create, and I know my child will be playing with it for ages!

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First, choose your cardboard. We had a few of those big cardboard cake boards left over from a birthday party, but you could easily cut a big rectangle from an old cardboard box instead.

Does your child love puzzles? They'll love making their own puzzle with this DIY cardboard puzzle for toddler and babies!

Next, draw your picture with bold, thick lines. This will make it a bit easier for babies and younger toddlers.

The simpler, the better!

Does your child love puzzles? They'll love making their own puzzle with this DIY cardboard puzzle for toddler and babies!

For younger kids, you might need to draw the picture. Older kids might want to draw their own.

Then, color or paint the picture! My one year old loves to scribble, so I let her color in the butterfly with me.

Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. I promise your child won’t care one bit!

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Does your child love puzzles? They'll love making their own puzzle with this DIY cardboard puzzle for toddler and babies!

Once your picture is finished, it’s time to cut. We started with a simple zig-zag cut down the middle.

The wonderful thing about this puzzle activity is that it can grow with your child!

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Make a DIY Cardboard Puzzle That Grows with Your Child

Start with cutting the cardboard to make just two puzzle pieces. As your child grows and learns, you can cut those pieces to make the puzzle more difficult!

Does your child love puzzles? They'll love making their own puzzle with this DIY cardboard puzzle for toddler and babies!

My daughter loved carrying around the jumbo puzzle pieces and putting them together.

She’s in the “uh oh!” phase, so we made a game of taking the pieces apart, saying “uh oh!” and then “fixing” the puzzle. It was a hit!

Does your child love puzzles? They'll love making their own puzzle with this DIY cardboard puzzle for toddler and babies!

This jumbo cardboard puzzle for toddlers and babies is simple and fun.

I love that the thickness of the cardboard helped my daughter to manipulate the puzzle pieces, plus she enjoyed using those developing fine motor skills as she colored the picture!

Does your child love puzzles, too? We’d love to see your favorite puzzle activities!

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