Perfect Printable Halloween Puzzles for Preschoolers
Printable Halloween Puzzles – the perfect solution you’ve been looking for to create some Halloween fun for your toddler or preschooler. All the spooky fun with none of the high seasonal price tags or super gruesome images. These printable Halloween jigsaw puzzles are the perfect addition to your seasonal toys.
Yes, your kids will love these Halloween jigsaw puzzles, but so will you because puzzles offer a wealth of developmental opportunities as well like:
- hand-eye coordination
- problem solving
- fine motor skills
- sharing & taking turns (if doing puzzles together)
Whether it’s a haunted house, witch, or jack-o-lantern these printable Halloween puzzles are perfect for little ones to celebrate the season. Maybe it’s for a spooky rainy day activity at home OR use these printable Halloween puzzles for a perfect preschool Halloween party activity (we will be!).
Read on to get your 10 awesome puzzles with spooky pictures of all your kid’s favourite Halloween things:
- Haunted house
- Halloween unicorn (my daughter made me do it!)
- Halloween Dinosaur (my son loves dinos!)
Plus a page of all of the images for reference while putting your pieces together!
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Why Use Printable Halloween Puzzles?
When jigsaw puzzles are a favourite, it is so important to refresh your puzzles so that your child gets new challenges and isn’t just doing the same ones by memory. Two issues with creating a good puzzle library are:
- Puzzle Costs Add Up
- Picture Availability
Let’s start with the first – jigsaw puzzle costs. Puzzles can run anywhere from a couple dollars up to $15-$20 each for some of the big floor puzzles. As awesome as those puzzles are, that adds up quickly when you’re trying to make sure you have a variety of puzzle pictures, types and difficulties available for your child to choose from.
It can really be cost-prohibitive which is a shame because of all those great learning opportunities puzzles offer while having lots of fun!
Printable puzzles are the perfect way to refresh and add new puzzles without breaking the bank! I mean, hey, you can get one of these printable Halloween jigsaw puzzles for free to start or get the whole package of 10 awesome puzzles for only $4. Doesn’tget any cheaper than that!!
Now the second issue- pictures! Just because it’s something that is popular doesn’t mean your child likes it…and just because your child likes it doesn’t mean it’s what’s currently popular and easy to find at the store!
Weirdly despite how popular Halloween is, when you do a search for toddler and preschool Halloween puzzles not much comes up!?
The only one I found that was good is this 20 piece puzzle with unique Halloween shapes.
Halloween puzzles printables mean fully customizable puzzles perfect for specific seasons or other interests!
How To Create Your Printable Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle
The process of creating printable puzzles is SO EASY! In fact, you could just print them on regular paper, cut along the lines and have fun!
If you’re going to reuse these puzzles for a couple years or multiple times in a season here’s my quick and easy method to make your puzzles last even longer. And bonus, if it’s for an older toddler or preschooler then they can definitely be involved in the process and enjoy a bit of craft time too!
This makes these puzzles a sure win on the mom effort vs. kid fun balance!
- Printable Halloween Puzzle File
- Glue Stick
- Utility Knife – optional
- Cardboard Box – optional
Step 1: Print out your Halloween puzzle printables
Here are your options for printing:
- White Cardstock – print, cut and go!
- White Paper – Great for a one and done activity plan. Also works for re-use if you keep going to step 2.
Step 2: Glue your image to cardstock or cardboard
Glue the paper onto cardstock to make it a bit sturdier. This is useful if you didn’t have white to print the images on but still want the sturdiness!
Glue the paper printout to cardboard if it’s for really little hands that may rip (or chew!?) the paper easily. This makes it super sturdy and you probably have diaper boxes around anyway.
Happy Moments Mom Tip: Make sure you get the glue all over so no pieces start to peel off! Little ones are usually pretty good at wanting to cover absolutely everything in glue though, so shouldn’t be a problem lol!
Step 3: Cut out Halloween puzzle pieces
If you’re using cardstock and your older child is able to use scissors include them in this step, especially for the straight line piece puzzles. This adds even more developmental practice and will help them when they do the puzzle too! They will have already studied what details are separated when they cut.
Did you use cardboard for young toddlers? This is an adult job then as using a utility knife is the easiest way to cut out the pieces.
Just put another piece of cardboard or cutting board underneath so you don’t cut your surface and follow the lines of the printable!
**Want the ease of cardstock but also to have your puzzles last a lot longer? A personal laminator like this can keep your puzzles safe for your kids to use until they outgrow them!**
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What Makes These Halloween Puzzles Printables The Best?!
So you just see a cute picture of a witch? And you’re thinking what’s so special about that?
Honestly just like when I’m teaching in the classroom, what the kids see and what is really going on may be two different things! There’s been a lot of thought put into these Halloween jigsaw puzzles to make them developmentally appropriate and fun!
The teacher in me knows how to prep an activity for success:
- Makes sure things are loads of fun because otherwise kids won’t use them so who cares what other learning you’re sneaking in!
- Sneak in lots of learning by being very purposeful and thoughtful in the design.
Here’s what you should notice about these printable Halloween puzzles:
- Each picture comes with two piece count options – beginner & advanced for each! They can be a Halloween puzzle for toddlers or for bigger kids, you choose!
- The pieces are all cut to go through the images so kids can see how they go together.
- The pieces have options for shapes – straight, wavy or traditional jigsaw for multiple challenges.
- Age appropriate Halloween pictures – nothing really grotesque! This is a Halloween puzzle for toddlers and little kids so there’s nothing violent or gory.
- High contrast colours
- Fun pictures with big details.
- Outside border to help recognize the outside even when all pieces are straight edged
So go have fun doing puzzles over and over again until Halloween!
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Enjoy a happy moment!