Improve Spatial Intelligence with Jig Zone

There are countless ways that the arts connect to spatial intelligence.  When class time allows, I let the children use puzzles to improve their “Art Brain”.   Jig Zone is an online puzzle maker and fun way to engage students and practice spatial reasoning.  Jig Zone allows you to upload your own images or use some from their gallery.  It also allows for differentiated instruction by determining difficulty level based on the number of pieces in each puzzle.  

How you might integrate Jig Zone into your curriculum:
1. Use a digital white board and have the students work in teams to get the best time.
2. Have children try to reassemble a photograph of their own artwork.
3. Create a puzzle based on art concepts or artist study and use as a learning extension at school or home.
Click the image below and try this puzzle for yourself!  

Here are some other puzzle links you may find useful . . .
Discovery Education 
Free Online Puzzle maker
Ed. Helper
Puzzle House (Online jigsaw puzzle of fine art)
Children’s Storybooks Online
Kid’s Art Jigsaw Puzzles

Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!


  • February 3, 2009

    Skip Zalneraitis

    My wife is a real puzzler. Uses them herself when she taught and encourages me to use them. It really is such a lift to the students whose intelligence is strongest in that area. Thanks for putting this out in your blog.

  • February 16, 2009

    Michelle Hansen daberkow

    What if our district blocks the jig Zone as a game?

    How do we work around that? Thank You.

  • Hillary Andrlik + Theresa McGee
    February 16, 2009


    Hi Michelle,
    I would e-mail the person in charge of your district tech with a link to Jig Zone asking for a bypass code or to unblock that specific site. It never hurts to ask and would be the easiest route to take. Good luck and let us know how you utilized Jig Zone with your students! -Hillary

  • March 5, 2009

    Daniel Ludvigson

    Its nice to have a list of links that kids can access. They play so many games that it is nice to have a few educational ones

  • March 18, 2009

    Jigsaw Break

    Hello, I just saw your post where you mentioned

    “Use a digital white board and have the students work in teams to get the best time.”

    Most jigsaw puzzles emphasize on speed. Part of it is because, they are displayed in a free-flowing format. However, at, the emphasis is on accuracy. We organize the jigsaw puzzles as a grid where each piece is snapped to the cells. The goal is to arrange the jigsaw in fewer moves. We call this our N^2 jigsaw challenge.

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