This Week’s Puzzlers…

Baby boy playing with puzzle pieces on sofa in the living room at home

Monday Jan. 25th-Friday Jan. 29th Celebrate Puzzles!

We’ll have an assortment of puzzles out to play with all week in the stores. Take a guess at the number of puzzle pieces in our Puzzle Jar and you could be one of our puzzle winners! On Friday the 29th, we’ll have all jigsaw puzzles 20% off.

Puzzles are a great activity for all ages and developmental stages. We have a big puzzle out in the family room all winter long. It’s a versatile family activity in that one person can walk by and add a piece or two with a few minutes or several family members can sit down for a longer session with everyone cooperating. Even younger family members can help with a many-pieced puzzle by sorting by color or shape.

Puzzled by what to do with the puzzles your kids have already played with and pushed to the back of the closet? Amy Mascot of Teach Mama, a website focusing on educational parenting tools, has some clever ideas in her “5 Cool New Ways to Play with Puzzles” blog post. The first one she suggests is so easy and simple.

To play Puzzle Mash-Up, pile the pieces of several large to medium sized puzzles in the middle of the floor. Shout “GO”! The person with the most completed puzzles wins.

Learn about four more easy ways to play with puzzles at:

Want to know which puzzle is right for your child?

Check out this guide from Melissa and Doug.

The Papa of Puzzles

John Spilsbury, an English catographer, is believed to be the creator of the first jigsaw puzzle in 1767. During this period of history it was popular to paste maps onto a wood and cut them into small pieces. The public was challenged to reassemble it. John called it a “dissected puzzle.”

“Not a Weekend Project!”

Sadly for some, the largest jigsaw puzzle in the world, the Ravensberger, Double Retrospect is no longer being made. This mega-puzzle has 32,000 pieces spanning 17 feet. It weighed in at 42 lbs and came with its own dolly for transport! Creator Keith Haring estimated it would take about 400 hours to complete.

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