Archive | July 31, 2009

Alphabet Wall: J is for Jigsaw [and J is for Jesus]

“Mama, remember Jesus died on the cross?”
            “Yes dear, and remember Jesus also rose again!”

I’d been thinking about doing J for Jigsaw for some time but conversations like the one above with DD over the past couple of weeks got me thinking about working in J for Jesus to the lesson plan.

[Note to our non-Christian readers: J is for Jigsaw is a good enough activity on its own for alphabet craft using any picture of your choice. I just generally try to make use of daily situations and learning opportunities from the environment around us when designing the alphabet craft activity, and in this case, it was good to tie it in with the syllabus covered in Sunday School 🙂 ].

You will need:
Any picture printout of your choice. I chose a picture of “Jesus and the children” from this site.
Colour pencils, scissors, marker, cardboard, glue.

Note: I did not use thick cardboard (although the thought did come to mind that it could make the puzzle pieces a bit hardier) because it’s difficult enough to cut through regular cardboard and I did not want to risk ending up with ill-fitting jagged edges when assembling the jigsaw. Still, if you know of a clever way to do it, please let me know! 🙂

1. Have your child colour the picture.

J is for Jigsaw and Jesus-coloured page

2. Paste the coloured picture on the cardboard. Using a marker, trace out the letter J with your picture in the centre of the J.
3. Trace a jigsaw puzzle outline in pencil on the J. [I hope you can see it…just realised it’s kinda faint in the picture :-P]

J is for Jigsaw and Jesus-trace

4. Cut according to the jigsaw outline that you traced. You may need to touch up the glue to ensure that all edges are firmly stuck to the cardboard.

J is for Jigsaw and Jesus-cut

5. Ta-dah, your very own homemade jigsaw! 😉

J is for Jigsaw and Jesus-puzzle pieces

6. Have fun assembling the puzzle over and over again, [and for Christian parents, take every opportunity to talk about Jesus!] 🙂

J is for Jigsaw and Jesus-completed

Deuteronomy 6:5-7
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”