Puzzling patience

Creative crafts

Do a challenging jigsaw puzzle together. Here are three ideas for your jigsaw puzzles, including one you can make yourself.

Goal: Practice patience.

As you work on these activities, use this time to discuss what patience is. For a young child, patience can be defined as keeping going, even if things get hard; staying calm when someone or something is bothering you; and waiting calmly for things.


Choose a challenging puzzle to complete with your children. Even if this project takes a day or two, ensure that patient work pays off with a completed project.

Family photo

Many photo labs make “picture puzzles” from your choice of a family photograph. While completing the puzzle, you will see the picture of each family member take shape. Ask your children what “patience” looks like and if they think others can see patience in them.

Create your own puzzle

You can make your own puzzle using a picture of fruit. Glue a glossy magazine picture of fruit on to cardboard and cut it out randomly. Your children may be able to help with the random cutting. As you complete the puzzle, talk about how patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Relevant Scripture

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”