I used a great
program called JAVASAW to create these puzzles,
the Javasaw web site-Build your own Jigsaw Puzzles!!
will be presented with a screen like this (image what follows is not
the puzzle complexity.
Simple (for pre-schoolers)
name: [Drop down list]
the skill level using the mouse or the up and down arrows (make
sure the applet has focus first by clicking on it). The type of
puzzle is displayed under the 'Most Difficult' radio button. They
range from the extremely easy (one for the kiddies) to the reasonably
difficult (30 to 40 minutes solution time).
harder versions feature double sided pieces, where the other side
is the same image reversed left to right, and the Most Difficult
version has rotatable pieces as well.
press the 'Start' button to start the puzzle. You then have to wait
again while the image loads and it is cut up and possibly reversed.
A faster machine can speed up the cutting and reversing processes.
now your ready to go! You will be presented with the selected
image chopped into pieces. Simply drag the pieces onto the grid to
solve the puzzle. The pieces will 'snap' onto the grid if you release
them close enough to the the grid, but only if the piece is the same
size as the grid 'cell' you are over.
the harder versions most pieces are the same size and so can interchange
more readily, making it harder to solve.
If you selected a 'double sided' version then
right click (for those with 2 mouse buttons) to show the 'other'
side of the piece. Mac users should press the 'Apple' key while
clicking (I think this is correct, but I don't have a Mac. E-mail
me if this is not so.)
the 'Cheat' button to see how the completed jigsaw should look.
If the puzzle is 'double sided' the you can also reverse the completed
view by clicking on it. Pressing the Escape key will close the 'cheat'
the 'Restart' button if you want to give up and try a different
level of difficulty or select a different image.
If you selected the Most Difficult then the
pieces are rotatable as well as double sided. Press the tab, or
arrows keys to rotate the current piece, which has a red border.
you successfully complete the puzzle a congratulations dialog pops
up, showing you how long it took for you to complete the puzzle.