Homemade Jigsaw Puzzle – Thomas the Train

My son loves all things Thomas, but we haven’t done much in the way of related crafts since his recent Thomas themed party. Here’s how I made a simple homemade jigsaw puzzle for him.

Homemade Jigsaw Puzzle

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I printed out a picture of Thomas onto cardstock, then used ModPodge to glue  it to some corrugated cardboard (I used a flap from a large packing box). Then I added a couple of layers of ModPodge over the top to seal and varnish the puzzle.

Homemade Jigsaw Puzzle

Once the varnish had dried, I cut out the image (just about managing to get it through my paper trimmer) and cut it into 9 pieces. I even got the ruler out to make sure they were (sort of) evenly cut. 🙂

Homemade Jigsaw Puzzle

Actually I wasn’t sure how many pieces F would be happy with (he’s just turned 2). It can be hard to get the balance right – too easy and he gets bored, too hard and he gives up.

However, he immediately beamed when he saw it. He did have a go at putting the pieces together but did need some help.

 Homemade Jigsaw Puzzle

So right now I think it is a little too hard for him, but we’ll keep trying!

This activity was part of our Blue Crafts and Activities week.

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