Anyways, so today we are making our own jigsaw puzzles using our favorite pictures.
I found these templates here, but I wanted to make it easier for you, so I put them in the blog post as well in both vertical and horizontal form. So first, you will need the following templates:
Now choose your puzzle, copy and paste it into a word program on your computer, and then stretch the puzzle out until it takes up the entire page. Then print out the puzzle...
After you've printed out your puzzle, reload the puzzle into your printer. You want to load it in so that when you print your picture it will print out on the SAME side as the puzzle. For my printer, I need to reload the puzzle right side up.
Now, using google search, or a coloring page website of your choice, find a picture you or your child wants. Like superheroes, princess, hello kitty, thomas the train, etc. The possibilities are endless! Once you have chosen your picture, print it out onto your puzzle.
Now all that's left is to color it, cut it out and then put it back together! Now you've got your own way to make whatever puzzle you want! You can take any image you find and make it into a puzzle! These would also make great gifts! Print out your family pictures and make them into puzzles, send them as gifts, once again, the possibilities are endless! Enjoy!
Here are a few tips:
*Take a picture of your child's puzzle BEFORE you cut it out, that way they have something to look at when they are trying to put it back together.
**After your child has put the puzzle back together, have them tape each piece of the puzzle onto a piece of construction paper. Since the pieces don't interlock very well (since they are made out of paper/card stock) this will help the pieces stabilize so your child can see their finished product.
***If you want the puzzle to be more permanent, laminate it before you cut it.
****One more added bonus, add magnetic tape to the back of each puzzle piece so your child can put their puzzle together on the fridge, or on a cookie sheet! Have fun!