One Step Up from 3D: Astonishingly Interactive 4D Puzzles

3D puzzles take the traditional flat-lying jigsaw puzzle and amp it up by adding the dimension of space—you can construct Fenway Park, the Leaning Power of Pisa, or the Brooklyn Bridge. So what do 4D Cityscape Puzzles do, you ask? They add the dimension of time. These puzzles are interactive on an entirely new level, teaching you about other cities through the reconstruction of specific periods of that city’s history.

First, for example you will build the city from the ground up in 1812, then you’ll jump forward to 1910, then leap to 1970, finally settling in with the modern look of today. Each puzzle actually has a completely unique timeline that fits that city’s history.

The 4D Cityscape Puzzles come with multiple layers. The first part is what you’re familiar with: you’ll create a landscape puzzle. The second layer will help form that geographical map of the city. It’s the final layer, the skyscrapers and the buildings, that will take you back to a different time. Each puzzle also includes a Time Poster to aid you.

These educational puzzles have many benefits. They will help you

  • Learn how a city develops and evolves
  • Explore historic buildings and architectural styles
  • Get to know the geography of an area
  • Discover the defining moments in history

As an added bonus, they’re great for group play and make great souvenirs from your visits to some of the best skyline places on earth!

Berlin. 1000+ pieces. Assembled size: 24″L x 16″W x 3″H.

With the 4D Cityscape of Berlin, you will span over 700 years of architecture history. In 1961 you’ll build the Berlin Wall using 60 replica pieces. In 1989, you remove the wall as you re-join East and West Berlin together.

Famous landmarks include the Marienkirche, Friedrichstrasse, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Kollhoff Tower.

Hong Kong. 950+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 20″L x 16″W x 4″H.

You’ll see 98 years of architectural history up to 2010 with the 4D Hong Kong puzzle and learn about Hong Kong’s neighborhoods, streets, and ports.

Famous landmarks include the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the Hong Kong Convention Center, the Bank of China Tower, and the International Finance Centre.

New York. 700+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 28″ L x 12″ W x 4″ H.

Go back 200 years in Manhattan’s history from 1812 all the way to the Freedom Tower completed this year in 2013.

Famous landmarks include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the United Nations, and the World Trade Center.

Las Vegas. 930+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 27″ L x 17″ W x 3″ H.

Viva Las Vegas! Go back 70 years in the city’s history with this 4D Cityscape which won the Gift of the Year prize back in 2010

Famous landmarks include casinos such as The Tropicana, Stratosphere, MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace and The Wynn.

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4D Cityscape Puzzles is a great brand that won Toy of the Year awards in 2012 from both Japan and Holland.

Still need some help understanding the concept or just want to see it with your own eyes? Check out Youtube for a nice and brief play-by-play video of construction.

Puzzle Expert Allegra Vernon on the Secrets to a Quality Puzzle

Cobble Hill released a video in April with Puzzle Maker Allegra Vernon. In the video, Vernon discusses lots of fun things for the puzzle lovers, including how she chooses new artists to represent on Cobble Hill puzzles, how they edit images to make sure you get the highest and best quality image on your puzzle, their own process for taking photos to make into puzzles, and the difference between random cut and ribbon cut jigsaws.

Cobble Hill is a relatively new company. Founded in 2005, these puzzle makers are committed to high quality with durable and thick pieces on premium grade blue board and even a box with a linen finish.

If you’re browsed our site often enough, you’ll recognize several of these nostalgic and lively puzzles. Afterwards, you’ll know the secret to just how they were created!

To view the video, just click on the photo below.

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Check out these puzzles, all created and imagined directly by Cobble Hill!

Cupcake Garden. 275 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″

Doughnuts by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Ice Cream by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Plenty of Yarn by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Bead Tray by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

 

Helpful Jigsaw Puzzle Accessories

Separating, sorting, piecing together, and storing. It takes a lot of work to build jigsaw puzzles. There are also a lot of accessories out there that help make puzzles as a hobby fun, hassle free, and even just a little more special.

In our jigsaw puzzle tips, the best advice we give puzzlers is that storing and storing your pieces by color not only helps keep your work area tidy, but also helps complete the jigsaw faster. From experience, I know this works well – but I know sometimes I also need to sort through a lot of pieces and am limited to having only one bag spread out on my craft table at a time.

Behold the best puzzling companion, the Sort and Go! Click on the images below to see more details about our staff favorite jigsaw puzzle accessories.

These six sorting trays fit nice and close together so you can easily see and work with more than one color at a time. You can also stack the trays to hide them away in a corner or closet, or put the trays back in the box to transport the puzzle.

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This versatile LED magnifying glass gives you a close-up view of puzzle pieces, and is also great for stamps, coins or other small crafts or hobbies. This compact, lightweight 3x magnifying glass has a 2-1/8″ diameter glass lens and a zinc alloy finish.

Portapuzzle 1000 Piece Deluxe by Jumbo

PortaPuzzle Deluxe takes the jigsaw puzzle to a whole new level. This luxury edition is spendy – but worth every penny. The specially designed interior is a soft felt-like material that helps keep puzzles pieces from sliding around. It comes with two removable work spaces to extend your table area, and secure zipper fastening to keep everything in place. When this case is closed – your puzzle pieces do not move. Keep all of your hard worked saved – on the go or stored away, thi carrying case is made for the enthusiast.

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Similar to Puzzle Presto by Buffalo Games, this is a new mess-free way to glue your finished jigsaw puzzle. They simply peel and stick to the back of your puzzle, making it easy to frame. Each kit also includes 8 sheets, which would cover 2-3 puzzles under 1000 pieces.

Unique Wedding Guestbook Idea: Custom Jigsaw Puzzle

For a unique wedding guestbook idea, try a custom made jigsaw puzzle! Added bonus? You and your spouse can then recreate your wedding day over and over again!

Jon and Kaley loved each other, and they loved to do jigsaw puzzles.They incorporated bits of their relationship into their wedding, and what they got was something unique, priceless, and very much theirs.

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Have each of your guests sign a puzzle piece from a custom made puzzle!

Kaley and Jon’s wedding even incorporated more puzzles—each table also had a little jigsaw puzzle for the guests to work on. Kaley said, “I really enjoyed thinking outside of the box and incorporating things that Jon and I like to do together … It was a blast to see everyone enjoying an activity that Jon and I did together when we first started dating. Sure, it may have been dorky, but it was us!”

There are several options for making your own jigsaw puzzle, including cardboard and wooden photo print puzzles, blank jigsaws, and fun shapes like circles.

99 Piece Custom Blank Jigsaw Puzzle – 16 x 20

This all-white puzzle is perfect for wedding guest books (or decorations, or craft projects, or whatever!) Each piece is 1 to 2 inches in size, perfect for a small message, and has an easy write surface that dries quickly.

Custom 10 x 12, Piece Count Varies

Or you could have an image on one side of your puzzle, and have guests sign the back. Recreate your puzzle on your anniversary, reading the lovely messages your guests left you as you sort through the pieces!

Custom Puzzle Tin with Custom Image on Box

Don’t forget to top it off a custom puzzle tin for storage. Even if you go with the blank puzzle, you can have the perfect image on your tin that encompasses the essence of your big day!

Springbok Puzzles Celebrates 50 Years

The Springbok 50th Anniversary Commemorative Puzzle. 500 pieces. 20″ diameter.

Bright, colorful, and lively, this puzzle lives up to Springbok’s essence as it is made from selections of Springbok’s most popular images in recent years. When the company first began, the founders were specific about these qualities: Robert and Katie Lewin wanted their puzzles to feature photographic images with “brilliant color and clarity.”

Springbok touts that this “limited edition puzzle is [their] homage to the best of Springbok innovation and creativity.”

Springbok is not only a popular puzzle brand, it’s a brand we stand behind proudly. The company began in 1963, making it the oldest made American-made jigsaw puzzle factory (from start to finish, all Springbok puzzles are made right here in the US). On top of that, Springbok puzzles are made with eco-friendly materials, and they have a great line of puzzles with large pieces for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Other unique qualities of Springbok puzzles are that their pieces are thicker than most. That’s because the Lewins wanted their jigsaws to be sturdier. They were committed to making a special product, so they also had each puzzle made of uniquely shaped pieces (often referred to as a random cut jigsaw), and they were the first to create circular and octagon shaped puzzles.

Here are 5 more puzzles that are among the most popular from our store:

Goldfinch, 350 pieces

Colorful Kettles, 350 pieces

Fruit Market, 500 pieces

Aquatic Collection, 500 pieces

Autumn Reflection, 1500 pieces