Clay Projects for Kids: Jigsaw Puzzle

Family fun crafts are projects that can be interactive for everyone. A jigsaw puzzle is a great indoor activity along with being a fun project for kids and adults alike. Look for interesting images from a magazine or from an online search. Keep the image simple for younger children, such as a cat or bird, and more complex for older kids and adults. If desired, you can add magnets to the back of each puzzle piece to create a refrigerator art puzzle. Adult supervision required.

Gather Together:

  • Air dry clay
  • Two wooden spoons
  • Your chosen picture - a drawing, a magazine cut-out, or something printed from your computer
  • A butter knife
  • Paint
  • A paintbrush
  • A craft knife
  • Paper towels
  • Spray varnish

Instructions:

  1. Roll out the clay between the handles of the wooden spoons. The spoon handles will help keep the clay at an even thickness.
  2. Place the picture on top of the clay and use the back of a butter knife to trace the outline of the image on the clay. If your picture has a lot of detail, keep the outline broad. For younger kids keep the outline to the shape of the image, like the shape of a dog. For older children and adults the shape can be more abstract.
  3. Remove the image and cut out the outline using a craft knife. Be careful not to change the shape of the pieces.
  4. Cut additional puzzle shapes, if desired.
  5. Smooth over the edges with a little water and a paper towel.
  6. Create a frame for the puzzle by using the wooden spoon handles again and making strips to fit around the clay outline.
  7. Paint as desired. Let dry.
  8. Apply a coat of varnish to each puzzle piece, including the sides. Let dry.

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sestasik 5 years ago

Hi. This sounds like a fabulous kids craft, but I'm a bit confused by the instructions. When does the image become a puzzle? You say "cut around the outline". Is the puzzle simple, like the shape of a flower goes in the flower shaped hole, as opposed to a traditional jigsaw puzzle? Also, I'm not sure I understand the frame part. Is that just making sort of a square to put the puzzle in?

Thanks! I really like this idea and would like to try and adopt it for a future Sunday school lesson.


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dragonflyfla 5 years ago from South Florida Author

Hi,

Sorry for the confusion. Start by cutting out the outline of the image to create the basic shapes for the puzzle. For younger children I leave the shapes as is. For example, I would leave a fish as a fish. But, for older children and adults I would start with cut out outline of the fish and then cut the fish up into a variety of shapes. If this is still confusing, let me know. Thanks.


sestasik 5 years ago

Thanks! That helps a lot - I thought that might have been what you meant, but wasn't sure. I'll definitely have to try this with our Sunday school class. The preschool and early elementary class could make a fun little puzzle with just a cross shape for Easter...


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dragonflyfla 5 years ago from South Florida Author

Sounds like fun, let me know how it goes.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I really like this craft. Ideas of personalizing it are whirling in my head now... Children would indeed love it, but I could make fun greeting cards for my grandchildren. Thanks! :)

Voted up and book marked.


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dragonflyfla 5 years ago from South Florida Author

I haven't thought of greeting cards. What a great plan.


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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a unique idea. Clever, I like it! Puzzles are good developmental tools.


carol stanley 5 years ago

You write excellent craft articles. This sounds like a fun thing for kids to do. Every mother is trying to find ways to keep kids busy and away from the TV.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This is a really different and unusual craft. It seems like some work, but worth it. I can see where kids would have a lot of fun with this. Thumbs. UP


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dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida Author

Hi Carol,

This is the type of craft that can be simple or complex depending on the kids or adults age. Thanks for stopping by.

Joy

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