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Whether you’re looking for a craft to do WITH your kids, you need a new toy for them to play with in the car, OR you’re just a crafty person who’s ready to get their CRAFT ON…this project is one that you’ll LOVE to make and it won’t break the bank!


Supplies you’ll need:

Baking Sheet (or pizza pan)
Elmer’s Glue Stick
Print out of a picture
cardboard (a box, cereal box, pizza box)

First….let’s find a picture that your kids like.  Find their favorite cartoon character, singer, whatever they like. (I snagged this Yo Gabba Gabba picture from


Here’s my pick…My 3 year old LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba….so, that’s what I’ll print. (now, if you don’t have access to a computer…it’s ok.  Use pictures from a magazine, a book, a calendar….whatever you can find where the picture will interest the child).

Now…we need to get a piece of cardboard.  Use a box, a cereal box, or even a frozen pizza box (that’s what I used).  Place your “puzzle picture” on top of the cardboard and cut BOTH at the same time.  (The cardboard will be the backing for the puzzle picture.


Now…you have the basic idea of what your puzzle will look like.  (Remember, make BIG pieces for young kids and smaller crazy shapes for your older kids).


Time to open up that glue stick.  Take each puzzle piece, along with it’s cardboard backing…and let’s start gluing the paper picture to the cardboard.


Let those pieces dry for just a few minutes.  While they’re drying, take out your magnets.  NOW, I got magnetic tape strips…but, use whatever kind of magnet that you have.


If your magnets aren’t small enough, just cut them down to fit on the back of each puzzle piece.


It’s now time to secure them to the back of the puzzle pieces.  My magnets have the sticky tape on them already….if yours do not, it’s ok…just rub a little glue on the back and stick them on. (can you tell that I used the back of a frozen pizza box?)


We did it!  Place your puzzle pieces on the cookie sheet…all scrambled up!


and see if your kiddo can put all the pieces together!


What’s great about this project is that it’s CUTE, CHEAP, and can really keep their attention while on road trips.  Because you have so many magnets left…you should make multiple puzzles and just keep them in separate envelopes.  The slim cookie sheet will easily slide under a car seat or in the pocket behind seats.

The total cost for this project was under $4.00!  No coupons used, no sales….just a fabulous price for such an easy project!

Cost Breakdown

Glue Stick–$1.50
Cookie Sheet–$1.00 (at the DOLLAR STORE!)
Magnetic Strips–$1.17

You can go crazy with this idea….you can prime and actually paint your cookie sheets.  and YES…the magnets will still stick!  You can print out a copy of the US and glue it to the cookie sheet with your glue stick…and make different magnet shapes to place on states that you drive through while traveling.  The possibilities are endless!

I hope you enjoyed this project…and I can’t wait to show you more.  If you tried making this magnet puzzle…send me a picture…I’d LOVE to see it!

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias.  All opinions are my own.  Please…re-use this idea and make it part of your family night!

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