DIY Puzzle

Create A Larger Than Life Puzzle!

Age: 7 yrs + | Year 3+ | 2- 4 Classes

What You'll Need:

  • A3 White Card stock

  • Colouring Materials like pencils or crayons

  • Black Markers

  • Scissors

  • Pencils

  • Tape or glue

So this one time, I got my students to design and draw their own puzzle complete with it’s own puzzle box (or envelope) showing the final image.

The kids really had a good time making these, after I got them to try putting together each other’s puzzles.

Draw A Picture

I gave them all A3 white card stock. If you wanna go really big why not try A2! We focussed on landscape images on this one as it was a follow up activity from learning about landscapes. Crayons work best. Remember to cover the entire page!

Section off your page.

Your puzzle does not have to have ‘real puzzle shapes’ most kids find drawing and cutting those shapes difficult anyway, so we just make squiggly, swirvy lines vertically and horizontally – about 3 or 4 across and 5 or 6 down. We used a sharpie for this. Write your name or initials on every section, so when you cut it out you don't get your pieces mixed up with the people around you.

Make your Box (or envelope)

Using this fold-up box template, download it here. Draw the template on card stock. Draw your puzzle picture on the puzzle box lid. Some kids got creative and put a title and age grouping and some catchy “Fun for the whole Family” type slogans. Gotta love these kids.

Cut it out.

Cut out your box and fold it all together. Use tape or glue to secure the box if needed. Then, snip along the lines of your puzzle and make sure your cutting is as accurate as you can make it. This is where some kids struggled as they're still refining their fine motor skills.

Try it out!

Now the puzzle is complete, have fun putting together!

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