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How to make your child a wonderful jigsaw that teaches them to count…
On Christmas morning, when your child unwraps this present, this toy will be something for them to keep for life. A true heirloom made by you. And the friendly coiled snake will also help your child to learn to count. Take your Dremel Moto-Saw and Dremel 3000 and simply follow our step-by-step guide below!

Difficulty rating : one/two stars – easy

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  • How to make a puzzle. Friendly Snake Jigsaw - Step 1
    Step 1

    Buy a piece of MDF and get it cut for you by your local DIY store to measure exactly 55 cms x 50 cms. When you get it home, draw a circle onto it with a diameter of 50 cms. This will become the outline for your coiled snake jigsaw.

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

  • How to make a puzzle. Friendly Snake Jigsaw - Step 2
    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 size parts. Then, draw the interlocking jigsaw outlines on each piece to act as a guide. Cut out the snake 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.

    Note : You can make your snake any dimension you like, with as many parts as you consider helpful to your child. The snake can have pictures rather than numbers on it to help your children tell stories or learn the alphabet, or identify animals. The twin creative and educational task is yours!

  • How to make a puzzle. Friendly Snake Jigsaw - Step 3
    Step 3

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

  • How to make a puzzle. Friendly Snake Jigsaw - Step 4
    Step 4

    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.

  • How to make a puzzle. Friendly Snake Jigsaw - Step 5
    Step 5

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

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