At Jigsaw Planet, you can upload your own photo, then choose to make it into between a 4 and 200 piece puzzle. You can select the shape of the pieces too, and there's a very simple shape suitable for toddlers. Once you click create, you're presented with a screen that shows your puzzle pieces scattered. Rearranging is a simple matter of clicking with your mouse and dragging them where you want them. You can get help by requesting "image" to see the picture you started from, and "ghost" to see a transparent underlay of your image, making this an ideal way to help beginners. You can also "scatter" the pieces to start all over again.
Once the puzzle is completed, the screen comes up with your finished image, a congratulatory chime, and the time you took to do the jigsaw. I think kids will enjoy competing against their best time, or against brothers and sisters.
What I liked:
- the satisfying click when pieces slotted together
- the fact that you don't need to register to have access to puzzle creation
- that you can embed the puzzle, the way I did below, and click to play it at the site
- that there are others' puzzles to try
It might be fun to upload your child's own photo, a scene from your recent holiday, or a picture of his favourite superhero or toy.