I’m still obsessing over our fall puzzles, and we’re halfway to winter. Farm puzzles aren’t usually one of my personal favorite themes, but with the bright orange and yellow trees and blazing sunrises and sunsets, I’m tempted to buy up some of these SunsOut and Master Pieces puzzles. “Vermont Maple” looks like it’d be quite a challenge to sort out all those pieces for the trees, but I think it tops my list as one of the most beautiful puzzles we carry.
All puzzles are good to do with a friend, some are just easier! The new puzzles offered by PSI are round-table puzzles, or four-fronts puzzles. That just means when everyone sits around the table, they’re going to have a part of the puzzle that is facing them—not upside down, or at another weird angle—making them perfect for throwing a puzzle party or for having it out on Thanksgiving or during the holiday season! If you’re looking for a good family-based, easygoing activity, this is the perfect idea.
James Lee is a talented painter of three-dimension looking portraits of the Southwest. Born and raised in South Korea, he attended the University of South Korea at Seoul for six years before moving to California in 1981 where he opened up an art gallery. In 1994 he moved to Arizona, became a muralist, and opened another gallery named “Carol’s Art Gallery” after his wife, Carol Kim Lee.
Lee believes he is blessed with the talent he’s been given because he thinks that “one is “born with artfulness.”
Fall in love with some of James Lee’s beautiful puzzles of nature at its finest.
We recently stumbled across this great article about parents roles in their children’s development: how parents keying in to their progress in school during this crucial time is “a determining factor in [the child's] success as an adult.” They stress the importance of actively aiding a child’s progress:
“Parents … should also take the time to learn what’s being covered under the lesson plan and what’s up next on the curricular agenda. Make a point of working on those skills at home, too … Remember, education and learning don’t stop the minute your child walks out the door of her preschool or child development center.”
Keep your kids’ brains active with playful learning games and toys with foundational skills. Melissa and Doug offers great supplements for providing educational fun in the home.
Block play is a great foundational skill for stacking, counting, and sorting.
Plugging in shapes is great for hand-eye-coordination skills.
Whether they are building predetermined patterns or exploring with shapes, they will learn about space
Thursday was Halloween. A lot of people woke up Friday morning with snow on their minds and jingling carols in their ears, ready to bundle up next to the fire and wait for Santa. Stores have pulled out their wreaths and advent calendars, but everyone is forgetting something!
We aren’t skipping over this holiday. What’s better than dinner at 2 pm followed by dessert and naps—plus quality time with your loved ones over a long weekend?
A puzzle is the perfect activity for all the people that have been shooed by the cooks from the kitchen for having grabby fingers with the food. They can turn those busy hands to something productive by putting together some of these turkey-day themed jigsaws!