EASY and FUN DIY counting puzzle for preschoolers

EASY and FUN DIY counting puzzle for preschoolers

This puzzle is so easy to make. All you need is cardboard, a craft knife and some colors. This is a really simple and fun hands on way for preschoolers to practice counting from 1 to 10.

We were back on the cardboard trail last week and I made a puzzle activity for little miss three to practice her numbers from 1 to 10. This puzzle is so easy to make. I’ve got a step by step guide below.

All you need to start:
CARDBOARD - not too thick as it will be more difficult to cut neatly

step by step counting puzzle

To start. Cut two pieces of cardboard the same size. Mine were about 30cm x 20cm. Then on one of the pieces draw an outline of a caterpillar. Do this is pencil first. I think the best way to describe the body shape is lots of oblong/oval type shapes side by side. Do 11 of these (one for the head and 10 body segments) then draw over them with a thick black marker pen.

cardboard counting puzzle

I then chose to color the caterpillar using crayons. I like the texture that appeared from the cardboard when I rubbed the crayons over it. You could also use pens or paints. After I colored it, I used the black marker to write the numbers 1 - 10 along the body segments.

counting puzzle

I placed the cardboard on top of a board and used a craft knife to carefully cut out each body segment. This should be relatively easy if you have a good sharp craft knife and the cardboard itself is not too thick.

guide to make your own counting puzzle

Once all the pieces had been cut and removed, I went around the outlines with the marker pen again. Purely just to tidy it up again. Then I glued the caterpillar puzzle template down on top of the other piece of cardboard.

counting puzzle for kids

You might then want to practice pacing all the pieces back together before handing it over to your little one to play play with.


Our littlest rascal, who turns 4 at the end of the year, really enjoys this puzzle. Firstly she is really into puzzles at the moment, and is spending considerable time sat at the table working on away on finding and pushing pieces into place on an array of simple puzzles.

She is able to count to 10 but is not able to recognise what the different numbers look like. We’re not worried about this and in no way push her to learn this number recognition, as we know it will happen naturally in her own time. This puzzle however, was a great opportunity for her to spend time looking at the individual numbers as she figured out how all the different pieces fit together.


With the first attempt, I placed the pieces in the correct order next to the puzzle so that she could pop them into place one my one. As she did so, we named the numbers and looked at their shapes and talked about things that related to the ones that were relevant to her. For example 3 being her age, 4 being her birthday age and 5 being her sisters age. She has alot of fin with the puzzle and has since chosen it from the shelf a few times to sit with at the table.


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