To make your own puzzle couldn’t be any simpler than this.

We used what we had on hand by looking in our recycling bin to make my preschooler a name puzzle to learn to recognize his name.

By putting the pieces of the puzzle together, they’ll learn the order of the letters in their name and just seeing what their name looks like, too!

A simple way to make your own puzzle - a name puzzle to practice name recognition

What You’ll Need

  • a piece of thin cardboard, such as a side of cereal box. Or cardstock.
  • marker
  • scissors

How to Make a Name Puzzle

How to make your own name puzzle
  1. Write the child’s name on the cardboard, in big letters, spaced apart as much as possible to fill the piece.
  2. Cut between the letters of their name in various ways. Zig zags, curves, random. The more different you make it, the easier the puzzle will be.
  3. Mix the letters up for the child to put back together!
Mix up the name puzzle for preschoolers to put back together

Put the Name Puzzle Together

I had my preschooler put his puzzle back together. We’ve been working on name recognition and he only recognizes his name by the letter G still, so having all the letters together can only help!

He’s great at putting puzzles together, so this wasn’t a challenge. But since he didn’t know the end result (how to spell his name), it did make it more difficult.

When he did get it put together, we went through the letter in his name (to practice letter recognition too) and I reinforced that’s how we spell his name and that all those letter make his name.

If it’s made with a cereal box, as a bonus, flip over the pieces and you have another puzzle to put together!

About Jamie Reimer

Jamie learned to be a hands on mom by creating activities, crafts and art projects for her three boys to do and shares them on hands on : as we grow. Jamie takes the creative outlet as a way to get through the early years of parenting with a smile!

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  • Megan Sheakoski

    Love it!!! What a fun way to practice names!