DIY Puzzle for pre-schoolers: A unique New Year’ gift

2015 is on it’s way out and the new year 2016 is knocking on the door. My daughter’s winter vacations have started and as usual it means loads of activities at home and outside. No, these activities need not be expensive or elaborate. Check out our everyday activities to keep pre-schoolers engaged during holidays.


DIY jigsaw puzzle for your child


Well, holidays also mean plenty of gifts and celebration. Christmas has just gone by and I am so happy that we made plenty of handmade gifts. For New Year too we are continuing the same. Other than the usual greeting cards that we made for family and friends, I also made a DIY gift for my daughter, which I am sharing with you guys today.

My partner-in-crime for bringing all the creative ideas to life is my trusted HP desk jet ink advantage 4535 all-in-one printer.

I am one of those lucky parents, whose child loves puzzles. We have plenty of them but you know how the same puzzles can lose their novelty after some time. This time I DIYed couple of puzzles for my daughter’s New Year’s gift. Needless to say, she loved them, since they are also in her current favourite theme Disney princesses. 

All you need is to choose your child’s favourite picture. Then, I took two printouts from my trusted HP desk jet 4535 printer. The pictures came out very sharp and the whole project was a breeze.


What you need:

  • Printout of your child’s favourite picture, that you want to convert to a jigsaw puzzle. I recommend taking one more print in smaller size for reference picture.
  • A4 size or bigger cardboard ( Empty cornflakes box will be perfect for this)
  • An empty box
  • Glue
  • Cutter/ Xacto knife

How To:


  • Paste the printed picture on the cardboard using glue.
  • Cover the picture using some heavy books and leave aside for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • Cut the excess cardboard outside the picture.
  • Mark straight lines on the backside of the picture using a ruler and pencil and mark 12-20 blocks.
  • Cut straight strips using sharp cutter.
  • Now cut the strips horizontally to make blocks.
  • Your puzzle is ready.




  • To keep the puzzle safe, I took an empty box of an old puzzle.
  • I stuck the smaller picture on top of the cover as a reference picture to help child make the puzzle.

My daughter absolutely loved this surprise. You too can take printouts of just about anything and convert them into puzzles for your child.

Not just this, I have been using HP printer for preparation of New Year 2016. I printed out my first calendar for my Home Office and it is already adorning my board to help me plan.

New year gifts using HP Printer

One of my resolutions for 2016 is to be more organised and that includes meal planning. I plan meals for the whole week, which makes it easier to shop as well as making wholesome and variety of meals. Here is my simple planner which allows me to plan for the whole week. All I need is one printout per week and about 30 minutes every Sunday and it makes my life so much easier.

Some more ideas to make your New Year gifts more unique and personal:

  • Personalise the wrapping paper by printing your message and receiver’s name.
  • Printout a collage of your favourite photos and stick them to make a card, while hand-writing the message.
  • Make a calendar with 12 different photographs for each month. You will find plenty of templates on internet.

And you can do all this at home at a fraction of the price in market, if you have a HP desk jet printer like me. If you are planning to buy one, I highly recommend this.

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