Make your own Jigsaw

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As a child, we always used recycled greetings cards to make our own jigsaw puzzles. My mum would give us a pile of recycled cards and a pair of scissors each and off we'd go. One year, being more than slightly competitive in nature, I decided that I would make a much better puzzle than my brothers and sister. I cut my card into so many tiny pieces that I spent hours trying to put my jigsaw back together again. I never did manage it. I learnt a few life lessons that day, although I must say I definitely had the best scissors skills!

What you need:

  • Recycled Greetings cards

  • Ruler

  • Pen or pencil

  • Scissors

What to do:

  1. Open a recycled greetings card and cut along the center fold. You need to use the half with the picture on it to make your jigsaw puzzle.

    Top tip: Optional: Take a photograph of the picture on your card before you cut it up. You can use this visual to help you, or someone else, do the jigsaw that you make.

  2. Place your card, picture side down, on a flat work surface.

  3. Use a ruler and a pen to draw, or dot, straight lines across the card, from one side to the other. (You may need to ask someone to help you do this.)

Top tip: Straight lines are the easiest to cut along. Try challenging your cutting skills by drawing curvy or zig-zag lines across the paper.

  1. Cut along the lines you have drawn to cut the card into several pieces.

    Top tip: Use your "helping hand", the hand you are not holding your scissors in, to hold and turn the paper as you cut.

  2. You have finished making your jigsaw puzzle. Now try putting the pieces back together to make the original picture.

Activity develops:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Scissor skills. These develop fine motor strength, bilateral co-ordination (the ability to co-ordinate the movement of both hands together) and visual motor integration (in this case communication between the eyes and the hands)
  • Language skills
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving

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