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Create Digital Jigsaw Puzzles with Jigsaw Planet

Saturday, April 28, 2018 / 4 comments

Create Digital Jigsaw Puzzles with Jigsaw Planet

Create Digital Jigsaw Puzzles with Jigsaw Planet that can be used on any device with a web browser. Great for Digital Breakout clues, anticipatory sets for classroom lessons, special announcements and so much more!

Jigsaw Planet is a website that has been around for years which contains digital jigsaw puzzles that can be assembled using any device with a web browser. It also has the capability to upload any image and create a digital puzzle for someone else to solve. I wrote about this tool back in 2013 but wanted to revisit it after receiving a question on my Facebook page the other day asking if there was a way to create a digital puzzle from a photo. Why YES there is☝and it is E-A-S-Y to do.

Below is an example of a Jigsaw Planet puzzle (I made an easy one just for you😉). This image is one a student designed of the Water Cycle in Google Drawing using my Digital Directed Drawing of The Water Cycle Activity that I uploaded to Jigsaw Planet. You can embed these puzzles on any blog or website! Go ahead, piece it together! You will notice that the pieces will click in place when you have successfully connected two together.




IMPORTANT: The Terms of Service states that users must be 13 years or older to use Jigsaw Planet. I reached out to Jigsaw Planet to ask about classroom use and they said it was fine as long as students are supervised. For elementary teachers, this tool would be better suited to use to create digital puzzles for students to put together. Students could always create the image that the teacher turns into a puzzle but they cannot create an account and upload a picture of their choice unless they have parental permission. (Educators can also create puzzles without an account). Even when these puzzles are embedded into a blog or website, students can access the Jigsaw Planet website with one click on the puzzle piece icon in the bottom toolbar. There are a few questionable puzzles posted on Jigsaw Planet that we wouldn't want students to run into.

How to Create Your Own Digital Jigsaw

Head to Jigsaw Planet and upload a photo or image you want to turn into a digital puzzle.

My favorite feature about this tool is the ability to make your jigsaws various levels of difficulty. For younger students you can have fewer pieces to manipulate. You can also change the shape of the pieces. The puzzle embedded above has 20 pieces.

Classroom Connection

A few ways I could see this being used in the classroom include but aren't limited to:

😊Digital Breakout Clues
😊Reveal a top secret mission for students
😊Anticipatory Set: Have students guess what your next unit of study might be after assembling the puzzle (Ex. A picture of a desert or pyramids for Ancient Egypt)
😊Answer to a Challenge Question of the Day
😊Special Announcements
😊Anything to build excitement!

Simple, easy to use and no login required! Embed on your class blog/website or share with a link. Other sharing options are available like email and social media.

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4 comments:

  1. The downside to using this for Digital Breakout is that the student can click to reveal the full jigsaw without completing it. So, no matter what level of difficulty that you have set, it will not be that useful once the student knows the trick. My current alternative to that is to Deck.Toys to create a digital breakout. It has this jigsaw puzzle feature which does the same as Jigsaw Planet (except that there is no way to set the various level of difficulty).

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    1. I agree..that is definitely a downside to Jigsaw Planet! But I do like how you can easily embed it into a blog/website and students don't have to sign into an account to solve the puzzle. Like I said in the post, you have to monitor but I know that can be tricky. I've heard great things about DeckToys and definitely need to check it out! Is it free to use too? Thanks :)

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  2. I totally agree! The ghost feature, which reveals the entire puzzle, makes Jigsaw Planet difficult to use in the classroom. Deck Toys is definitely the better option here. Totally free! You can embed the Deck Toys game, which can be just the jigsaw puzzle, on to a website. Of course, there are a lot more options when using Deck Toys. Here is my website that has an example of embedding a Deck Toys as well as the many games that either I have made or other teachers have made. I have used Deck Toys from 1st through 6th and kids love it!
    https://goo.gl/Jap8DW

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    1. Awesome news, Charles! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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