Make a snake jigsaw puzzle for kids

29 Jan 2013

Teach your child to count by making them their own coiled snake jigsaw puzzle.

Teach your child to count, identify animals or learn the alphabet by making a snake jigsaw puzzle.

Dremel's Moto-Saw is a novel multi-instrument tool for amateurs, hobbyists and creative people that can be used as a scroll saw or an electric fret saw.

It is suited for sawing into different types of materials such as wood, plastic or metal. Its use ranges from classic free-hand fret saw work for decorations, to trimming skirting boards in stationary mode.

It is quick and easy to set up and to put away and keyless accessory changes are more convenient thanks to the quick release system.

Tools you will need

A Dremel Moto-Saw with coarse wood cutting blade MS51 and fine wood cutting blade MS52
A Dremel 3000, EZ SpeedClic mandrel SC407, EZ SpeedClic Sanding Discs SC411
9mm MDF 55 centimetres x 50 centimetres
Scrap wood 7.5 centimetres wide x 10 centimetres long
Two pencils
Gaffer tape

Step 1

Dremel's Moto-Saw is available at retail outlets for the price of R1399 incl. vat.

Get a piece of MDF cut by your local DIY store to measure exactly 55cm x 50cm.  Once at home, draw a circle a diameter of 50 centimetre onto the cut.  This will be the outline for your coiled snake jigsaw.

Then, make yourself a ‘drawing guide’. This allows you to draw two parallel lines in the shape of the snake’s body within the 50 centimetre circle.  To make the drawing guide, cut a piece of scrap wood 7.5 centimetres wide by 10 centimetres long using your Dremel Moto-Saw. Then, tape a pencil to each edge and draw the coiled body of the snake inside the circle. Then create the head and tail by drawing them freehand.

Step 2

Measure the length of your snake’s body, excluding the head and tail, using a dressmakers tape and divide it into 26 equal sized parts. Then draw the interlocking jigsaw outlines on each piece to act as a guide. Cut the snake out using your Dremel Moto-Saw and the coarse wood blade MS51 by cutting along the lines you have drawn on both sides of the body and around the head and tail.

Tip: You can make the snake any dimension, with as many parts as you consider helpful to your child. The snake can have pictures instead of numbers on it to help your children tell stories, learn the alphabet or identify animals.

Step 3

Now cut out the segments of the snake, following your drawn lines that include the interlocking jigsaw pieces, using your Dremel Moto-Saw and the fine wood blade MS52.

Step 4

Then gently sand off any rough edges using the Dremel 3000 with EZ SpeedClic Sanding Discs SC411 on the edges of the snake only. Do not sand the interlocking jigsaw pieces, as this will cause the pieces to fit together poorly.

Step 5

Paint on one number per segment and decorate in bright colours, creating your own design, including pictures to encourage your child’s engagement.

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