Add Fun to Your Event With a Jigsaw Puzzle Treasure Hunt

Have you ever participated in a treasure hunt? What a great way to entertain family and friends for any occasion…the elements of skill, mystery and surprise all rolled into one. Why not take your treasure hunt to the next level and add jigsaw puzzles to the mix?

For little ones, a jigsaw puzzle treasure hunt could serve as a theme for a birthday party. School-age kids would enjoy it as an alternative to video games when hanging out with their friends. Adults can use a treasure hunt as a way to build teamwork skills at work, or even just for fun.

A treasure hunt typically involves a map that leads you to the hidden treasure at the end. However, to make it more fun and a little more difficult, instead of just hiding the treasure and providing a map, you can break up the journey in several parts with each destination holding the clue to the location of the next. Write or draw your clue onto a puzzle, disassemble it and leave it for your participants to find and put together. Assembled, the puzzle reveals the clue to the next destination on the treasure hunt.

To create your puzzle clue, you can make your own puzzle by drawing or writing your clues onto a piece of cardboard before cutting it into pieces to be reassembled. You could also use a ready-made puzzle which depicts an image reflecting the clue. For example, a jigsaw puzzle which has an image of a shed would indicate that the next clue is located…you guessed it…at the shed.

For your next party or event, think about having a jigsaw puzzle treasure hunt…kids and adults alike will enjoy putting their puzzling skills to work on their search for the treasure!

Puzzle of the Day – Around Town

Today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day is Around Town. Great for enthusiastic, yet smaller puzzlers, Around Town is a delightful way to entertain your little one.

Children who have begun to outgrow the simple 4 or 10 piece wooden puzzles can graduate to the next level of with this simple 24-piece puzzling adventure. Around town features friendly neighborhood scenes: the pet store, fire department, art museum, doctor’s office, library, dentist office, zoo, park, toy store, grocery store, tire store and of course, the school. With large pieces and a simple structure, youngsters will enjoy grasping and assembling this colorful puzzle.

Speaking of structure, a unique feature of this puzzle is its interesting shape. At 36 inches around with a hollow center, Around Town allows your child to build the puzzle around themselves if they choose, adding an interactive element to their play time. Watch as they “build the neighborhood”, placing every store/building in its designated spot.

Around Town offers not only the opportunity for your little one to use problem-solving skills while putting the pieces together, but also encourages creative “imagination play”. Your child will be planning his/her trip “into town” while making up stories about what happens at each location. What will we get at the grocery store? Where should we go first? School? Nah…maybe the toy store to buy more puzzles!

Master Pieces, known for quality puzzles, crafted this unique puzzle for ages 5 and up. With the holidays approaching, Around Town is a great gift idea for your child or his/her friends.

Get Fired up with a Dragon Jigsaw Puzzle

Few creatures have stirred the imaginations of adults and children like the dragon. Revered throughout history as a mythical beast of power and sometimes portrayed as a misunderstood softie, the dragon is a fantastic creature recognized by all. Why not choose a dragon jigsaw puzzle for your next puzzle project?

With its fiery breath, impressive wing span and lizard-like scales, the dragon is certainly a beast to be respected and appreciated. Jigsaw puzzles with the legendary creatures abound in many forms. For little ones, why not a dragon jigsaw puzzle that reflects Puff the Magic Dragon, or Dragon from Shreck? For older kids, why not discuss the dragon’s importance throughout history in the Chinese and European cultures? Or if you’re a fan of fantasy puzzles, why not place this powerful beast right at the center of your collection?

Dragon jigsaw puzzles are available in many artistic renditions, from a classic Chinese dragon to the imposing giant dragon who guards his castle from intruders. And don’t assume that because the subject matter is mythical that the puzzles will be easy; Puzzles range from 180 pieces to 1,000 pieces and even more – and come in various sizes. There’s even a three-dimensional dragon puzzle ball that sits on a base!

If you or a loved one is a fan of the long-revered mysterious dragon, or if you’re just looking for something different and exciting, consider putting together a dragon jigsaw puzzle and watch as the fire-breathing creature comes to life!

Get Goofy with a Disney Jigsaw Puzzle

With almost a century of history and some of the world’s most recognizable characters, Disney has been in our hearts and homes throughout most of our lives. Why not bring your favorite characters to life with a Disney jigsaw puzzle?

Animals that speak, fairies, Dalmatians, toys that come to life, cars that emote, princesses of every kind, snarky genies, elephants that fly and many, many more characters make up the infamous Disney family. And all of them can be found in just about any form of puzzle that you can think of. Do you have a little royal highness in your family? She might enjoy any one of several Disney princess puzzles. Are you a fan of classic Disney characters? A puzzle depicting Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse could take you back to your childhood. Your little race car driver could put together his/her own puzzle in 8 seconds flat (OK, maybe just a little longer).

Disney puzzles are available as photomosaics (a large picture comprised of many small pictures), shaped puzzles and panoramics (a wide sweeping view of a scene). You can find artwork depicting classic characters as well as current favorites and even your favorite characters on images of photo stamps. If you or your loved ones are really big Disney fans, you can even find an entire collection of Disney jigsaw puzzles with different puzzle piece counts. What a great way to satisfy an entire family all at once!

If you’re looking for a new puzzle to work on, why not tackle a Disney jigsaw puzzle and satisfy your child…or better yet, your inner child at the same time?

Puzzle of the Day – Geisha

Fans of Japanese iconography or the work of artist Ed Hardy will be excited to hear about this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day: Geisha, by Ed Hardy.

Ed Hardy, born Don Ed Hardy, is known for his unique Japanese-inspired tattoo style artwork. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Hardy, through his association with infamous tattooer Sailor Jerry, studied Japanese classical tattooing in Japan. Although he eventually retired from the trade, the style clearly influenced his artwork and lives on in the products bearing his name to this day.

Geisha, arguably one of Hardy’s most beautiful designs, graces this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle by famous puzzle maker Ravensburger. Ferocious dragons flank a beautiful young woman with jet black hair held in place by an ornamental peacock clip. Goldfish, peonies and lotus flowers surround her against a background of blue and gold ornamental brocade.

With a finished size of 27” x 20” and 1,000 pieces, Geisha is as challenging as it is lovely. Aimed at adults, this jigsaw puzzle will hold your attention both with its difficulty and eye-catching subject matter.

Ravensburger, the New Hampshire maker of the Geisha jigsaw puzzle is known for high quality puzzles. Winners of several industry awards, both American and International, Ravensburger’s blue triangle trademark has become a recognized symbol of jigsaw puzzle making excellence for 25 years.

If you’re seeking your next puzzle challenge, and are a fan of Ed Hardy’s work or even a fan of Japanese art or culture, make Geisha your next jigsaw puzzle of choice.