After working as a teacher for years, I am so excited to teach my daughter! We are planning to homeschool our kids and I’m already thinking of all these fun learning activities I want to do together. I love making things for her, so these simple felt shape puzzles just seemed like the perfect project.
After all, she loves her felt alphabet tree, and her finger puppets. And I always seem to have extra felt material on hand. These little puzzles were so easy to make and turned out adorable. I like how they are so portable, too. We can easily bring them with us on the go!
How to Make Simple Felt Shape Puzzles
- brown felt for puzzle backgrounds (or another color you prefer)
- 7 colorful pieces of felt large enough to make the shapes
- Printable pattern for puzzle shapes (link in this post)
- Lo-temp hot glue gun
Make the puzzle backgrounds
I started by making a pattern for the puzzles and printing it out. (I don’t trust myself to make nice, perfectly-sized shapes without a pattern). The larger square in the printable is labeled puzzle background. I used this piece to help me cut out 7 large brown squares from the felt to be the puzzle backgrounds.
Cut out the shapes
The next step is to cut out the colorful shapes to use on each puzzle. I used bright colors for these, and used the printable pattern to help me cut them nicely.
I cut out all seven shapes that are included in the pattern: square, rectangle, circle, oval, star, triangle, and heart. I made each shape a different color so it would be easy to tell each shape puzzle apart. That way my girl will know all the yellow pieces go together to make the star, all the blue pieces make the triangle, etc.
Cut the puzzles
I wanted each puzzle to be cut into fourths, so I did that next. I provided a background with fourths and another with halves shown on it as a guide.
You might choose to cut your puzzles into thirds, too. Just grab a ruler to measure out where you should cut. You could even choose to cut them into more traditional puzzle piece shapes. In that case, you might want to draw out the puzzle piece shapes on the paper first to make a pattern.
I considered cutting the pieces separately first, then gluing them together. But in the end I settled on a slightly different route. I set the blue square for this puzzle on top of the brown puzzle background and made sure it was lined up nicely where I wanted it.
Then I placed the pattern with fourths printed on it on top of both felt pieces and carefully cut them into fourths. Since I carefully cut through both felt pieces at the same time, it helped each piece to line up nicely. Felt sticks to felt fairly well, so it was fairly easy to cut through both pieces without them moving as long as I did it carefully.
Glue the puzzles
The next step was to glue the shape pieces to the puzzle background pieces. I lifted up each piece of the blue square and used my glue gun to glue it to the background piece it fits on top of.
I continued this with each shape puzzle. I placed the shape on the brown background piece, carefully cut each puzzle into fourths, then glued the shape and background pieces together.
On the star and heart puzzles, I made sure to line up the fourths so I cut through the point at the top of the star and the point at the bottom of the heart (so it wouldn’t look uneven).
The finished product turned out exactly as I had hoped. I love these little felt shape puzzles! These will be great for talking about shapes and colors. They are also small enough to bring with us when we travel, in case we need an extra toy on the go. With each shape a different color, it’s easy to see which pieces fit together in the same puzzle, so I can store them in a pouch or small container together.
Don’t forget to grab your copy of the printable pattern to make these felt shape puzzles. Just enter your name and email in the boxes below and I’ll send it right to your inbox!
Who will you make these felt shape puzzles for?