The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle


I had not expected this to evolve into a series of lesson plans when I set out to research this topic!  I have now created a blend of traditional and virtual lessons  to insert into my next book as PDF downloadables.

I needed this link for something else and finally found it on the manufacturers website. The puzzle is quite attractive and the artwork is worth looking at.
The music is calming and so this video might be a nice 5 minute relaxation exercise if the kids need time out to draw and colour.   Follow this Blog if you would like to receive a free copy of Traditional and Virtual Puzzle Worlds presented by Teachers Pay Teachers or email for updates. global.citizens.art@gmail.com There will be a worksheet about how to create a huge jigsaw as a collaborative exercise while also preserving the integrity of the smaller contributions by uploading the to JigZone.
Background information LIFE: The Great Challenge. Artwork is by Royce B. McClure has 24,000 peces.  Finished Puzzle Size: (4.28m x 1.57m) – (14ft 0.5 in x 5ft. 1.8in)
Royce B. McClure over the last 15 years has had over a hundred puzzles made from his artwork.       He says,

During this time I have received a lot of feedback from puzzlers about what makes a good puzzle: challenging, but not impossible, lots of detail but still making a satisfying overall picture when completed. Most of all they have to be fun to do.

It is easier to imagine how hard the task of making the worlds’ largest puzzle was when reading the artists explanation.

  • To make a puzzle such a huge size there is a need to eliminate large areas where no changes take place.
  • The point is that there is a difference of design required when tackling designs for different dimensions.
  • A small jigsaw can have large empty spaces but a very large jigsaw must be busy so that there are no huge blank spaces with no clue to where the adjacent pieces would be.   Otherwise it  would be too hard and people would give up the challenge.
  • To make the task manageable the puzzle comes in four packets, breaking the art up into four vertical sections that join together to make ‘Life’.
  • Each section (the pieces in the separate packets)need to be different enough from the other sections so that the puzzler won’t feel that he or she is doing the same puzzle over and over.

Follow this Blog if you would like to receive a free copy of Traditional and Virtual Puzzle Worlds presented by Teachers Pay Teachers or email for updates. global.citizens.art@gmail.com

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