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Jul 01

Learn How To Make A Puzzle

How To Make A Jigsaw Puzzle (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Do you love to do jigsaw puzzles, but hate the corny pictures? Here’s how to make a puzzle with any picture – your pet turtle, your favorite cartoon character, your little brother…ok, maybe not your little brother! You will need:

A grown-up to help with cutting

A photo, poster, picture from a magazine or a drawing

A thick piece of cardboard or foam board

Glue

Scissors

A pencil

Step 1 – Choose a picture that you want to make into a puzzle, then choose a piece of cardboard or foam board that slightly bigger than your picture. The lid of a pizza box can make a perfect puzzle board, as long as it’s not all cheesy and oily!

Step 2 – Glue your image to the board you’ve chosen, and let it dry overnight. Place a flat, heavy object on top, like a book, to make sure it dries nice and evenly.

Step 3 – Ask a grown-up to help you trim up any of the extra cardboard or foam board that surrounds your picture, with the scissors.

Step 4 – Turn your picture over, and draw jigsaw shapes on the back of the board. Shapes with at least 2 semi-circular parts, facing either in or out, work best. Small, complicated shapes will be hard to put back together.

Step 5 – Again, with a grown-up helping you, cut the picture along the lines you’ve just drawn.

Step 6 – Now, jumble up the pieces, and see how long it takes you to do your hand-made puzzle! Or, challenge your friends to try it!

Did you know? The first jigsaw puzzle was made in England in the mid-1700s. It was a map to help kids learn geography!

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