Lesson Plan Title : Puzzle Pictures

Age Range: Grade 3 through grade 5

Overview and Purpose: This activity is a fun way for students to explore patterns and design. Students can also use it practice using contrasting or complimenting colors, warm or cool ones, or primary and secondary ones.

Objective: The student will be able to create a picture using at least two sets of four puzzle pieces and paint.


Two to four puzzle piece sets per student (four interlocking puzzle pieces per set)





Paper towels


Cover the table in newspaper. Have the students put one of their sets of puzzle pieces together and paint each piece a separate color. They can then press their paper on top of the puzzle pieces to make a design. This can be repeated as many times as they like. If they paint on the waxy side of the puzzle, they can wipe the paint off and re-use the pieces several times. Students can also exchange sets.

Wrap Up:

Students can use this technique to create backgrounds for other pictures, wrapping paper, or frames for pictures. Using different sized sets of pieces will allow students to be more creative.