Simple DIY family puzzles for preschool

If you want to capture a young child’s attention, then focus on the things that matter the most to the child and one of those things is the child’s family.

DIY Family Puzzles!

Our preschoolers have a way of reminding us about what matters most to them through their everyday conversations and interactions.

Playing with babies

And although any time throughout the school year is a good time to celebrate families, the holidays are especially a good time to focus on the things that really matter.

Taking care of baby

Many of our student’s families are growing. It seems new babies are being born every time I turn around. So as you can see, playing with babies is one way they can explore the role of different family members. The children also explored families by putting together their own simple DIY family puzzles.

DIY Family Puzzles

Miss Abby invited the parents to email her a family photo which she then printed out and cut a part. All the children’s family members were mixed up and placed in a basket. The children were invited to sort through the photos to find the members of their family and create their own family puzzle or collage.

DIY Family Puzzles

While searching for family members, the children shared their found photos with each other. What a wonderful opportunity to build community, conversation, and celebrate families all together.

DIY Family Puzzles

The children easily stayed with this process because the process was built around what matters the most them. Yes, if you want to engage a child in any process, find out what matters to the child and start from there.

DIY Family Puzzles

What a joy it is to celebrate the families of these sweet young children with them!


By |2016-12-03T23:07:00+00:00December 6th, 2016|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Bonnie December 6, 2016 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    I am going to do a family focus between Christmas and New year as we are open for a few days and I can’t wait to do this activity! Thank you:)

  2. Taryn December 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I am trying to contact you to see if you do in person workshops. We are planning a STEAM conference in Ohio for March. I think it would be great to have you there. But you are hard to contact. We cannot use facebook at work.

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