Making their own puzzles is a fantastic and inexpensive way of keeping children busy and entertained because they can make as many as they like, and they get to choose their own pictures too. Any bold and colourful picture will do the trick, whether from magazines or personal photographs printed out on the computer. The number of pieces and size of the pieces you decide to make will depend on the age of the child.
You will need:
- 1 large photo or magazine picture (A4 or A5 is best)
- Cardboard (just normal school project cardboard)
- Scissors (blunt nose for preschoolers)
What to do:
- Stick the picture onto the piece of cardboard so that the cardboard forms a frame around the picture
- Using the ruler and pencil/pen/khoki draw cut lines onto the picture (please do this for, or help the under 6’s)
- For 2 and 3 year olds cut the pictures into two and four pieces. You can cut them into smaller pieces as your child masters the puzzle. A six year old should be able to do at least a 24 piece puzzle for school readiness. As you are working off photographic material here the level of difficulty is higher than if you were working off a clear children’s puzzle picture. Click here for a puzzle age-ability guideline.
- Make the activity more challenging for older children by cutting up the puzzles into more pieces or irregular shapes that fit together. This then becomes more of a problem solving, brain-teaser type activity