J absolutely loves puzzles. He also adores anything Thomas! I LOVE a bargain, so this homemade toy is perfect for both of us. My goal was to create a Thomas counting puzzle. I tried finding one to buy and only found a wooden puzzle for $10. It wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, and the price was nowhere NEAR what I was hoping for. So I made a Thomas counting puzzle myself.
I searched online for images of all the different Thomas trains, hoping to find #1-20. This was the longest part of the process. It turns out they aren’t so easy to find which I found odd considering their popularity. I also could never find number 13, perhaps they’re superstious and left that one off? **If anyone DOES know of a #13 train, please let me know. ** Our puzzle stops at 12 for now, but I can easily add on to it in the future.
If this works, here’s the link for the pdf I made with all the pictures. Thomas puzzle
I printed the pictures of each train and glued them (using Mod Podge) onto the back of some small foam puzzle squares I found at the dollar store. This step took me probably 15 minutes. I used 2 store-bought puzzless to have enough pieces for trains 1-12. Some of the longer trains take up two puzzle pieces.
The nice thing is J can also turn the puzzle pieces over and do the store-bought puzzle too. So 3 puzzles for $2 seems to be a good deal in my book and it was so easy to make! I think this would be a good homemade Christmas present for toddlers
Age attempted: 29 months, definitely could be done much earlier
Edited to add: Here’s the list of Thomas trains #1-12. Since J wants to know their names, I added those on my finished puzzle too.