Painting in Four Parts

Make Your Own Jigsaw with this Painting Project.

Short Description:

  • Card paper
  • Pencil, ruler, and marker
  • Scissors
  • Paints and brush

Directions for Caregivers:

Decide on your design together. When you have drawn it, cut the paper into four parts and color in two each. When they are dry, try to puzzle the pieces together again.


Draw the designs on paper and cut each into four pieces. Give every participant one part to color. Offer lots of color choices so that each part looks different.

Early and middle stage memory care/dementia. Watch the video tutorial before you start. Explain the activity and supply paints and paper. You may need to help with the drawing. You may also need to give more assistance regarding the choice of colors or how to clean brushes, etc.

Late-stage memory care/dementia, if the person is able to take part, give as much assistance as is needed. You may need to do the drawing and use hand-over-hand with the painting. This is a nice activity for a passive observer, either by watching the video or watching the activity.

About this Activity

Watch the Video for Step-by-step Instructions.

The finished painting project can be used as a piece of artwork or as a jigsaw. Maria will show you an example, and no matter how many times you do this, every picture will be different. You can make it as intricate or simple as you wish.

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Painting in Four Parts