Picture Puzzle Activity

Picture Puzzle Activity
By Mark Hansen

Here’s a picture puzzle that you can do at home or in the class.


  1. Start with a square sheet of paper and fold the corners backward so they meet in the middle.
  2. Fold the corners backwards to meet in the middle again.
  3. Flip the square over so the side facing you shows the four corners meeting in the middle of the page.
  4. Draw a simple image.
  5. Unfold the page and draw a new image on top of the side that has the lines from step 4.

Now you have a picture with a picture hidden inside it!

Click here for instructions in an easily-printable pdf.

Not sure how all this works? Print the image below and cut it out. Fold the corners back so they touch in the middle of the page, then fold the new four corners backwards again so they meet in the middle. Turn the paper over to see the hidden image!

Puzzle Activity

Australian inventor, teacher and composer Mark Andrew Hansen has produced a number of games, puzzles, music lesson books and music albums over the years including a popular Children’s album with activity sheets (www.markhansen.biz/Children). He is currently developing a folding picture puzzle which is also used in a game for teaching mathematics and spacial problem solving. Mark lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and also writes books and articles about music and culture.

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