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DIY Sandcastle Shape Puzzles


Ocean, sun, and sand – just a few elements that remind me of summer! They’re also super fun themes for some seasonal learning activities! What do you like most about summertime? I bet your students like building sandcastles on the beach. I know mine do! So let’s take this fun theme and work on shape recognition with these easy DIY Sandcastle Shape Puzzles!

*Pair with our Shape Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

Grab this FREE template to make DIY Sandcastle Shape Puzzles! Kids will have tons of fun using these summer-themed shape puzzles!

DIY Sandcastle Shape Puzzles

To make the puzzles, I used a piece of cardboard out of our recycling bin. This means we are being “green” by reusing recyclables! You could also use cardstock or craft foam.

We used shape playdough cutters to make our DIY sandcastle shape puzzle pieces. You can either use your own cutters or the free templates provided below.

Want even more shapes? Add to it with your own stencils or cutters!

We used shape playdough cutters and cardboard pieces to make our DIY sandcastle shape puzzles.

Easy DIY Assembly

Making the puzzles is so simple and fun! First, I cut the sandcastle shapes out of cardboard. Then, I used the cutters to trace the shapes.

Next, I used a craft knife to cut the shapes out carefully so that the cutout can be used as the “puzzle piece.”

Teacher Tip: Make sure you don’t cut apart the outside piece since this will function as one of our puzzle pieces that the solid shape will fit inside of later on.

Trace the shape cutters onto the cardboard and cut out the pieces.

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Add the names of the shapes on the front of the sandcastle shape cards. This will help build up students’ knowledge of shape names.

As an added bonus, you can write the names in different languages, on both the front or back to really enhance language development!

To complete the shape puzzles, kids match the solid shape pieces with the corresponding shape cut outs.

There you go! Fun, inexpensive, and “green” puzzles to add to your summer-themed activities!

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