I was sent a wooden chess board puzzle from Puzzle Warehouse – and we have had a lot of fun trying to figure it out and memorize the various ways that it has worked. As this puzzle is a chess board, it is my newest cherished item. Not only does it remind me of all the evenings I have sat and challenged my husband to a game of chess – but it takes me back to when my father first introduced the game to me.
The kids have always wanted to be a part of mine and Dan’s game of chess. This puzzle has intrigued them and has helped bring them a little closer to the game. The pieces are solid wood – which helps to keep them from being destroyed by little hands that are eager to solve the puzzle.”
– Review from aBloggyMom.com
While we have new releases all year long for all the puzzle fanatics out there, the first few months of each year are by far the busiest! Puzzle Warehouse has a huge influx of new items because manufacturers have just come out with 2013 catalogs, and boy are those fun to browse!
With this new offering of puzzles, there’s also a downside. Some puzzles have to stop being made so that new ones can live! These are End of Life puzzles, also called retired or discontinued, but basically puzzles that aren’t going to be re-stocked because the manufacturer is no longer producing them.
However, there is some good news in it for you, the puzzle aficionado: we have a ton of sales!
So, this is it – your last chance for these sweet puzzles. After we sell out, you will have to scour eBay to get your hands on one. Here’s our favorite end-of-lifers that are on sale for less than $20 – a bunch of lovely puzzles that you might want to snatch up quick — before it’s too late!*
*Left in stock totals below are as of Feb. 22, 2013. We cannot guarantee that they are still available after this post is published, but will make every effort to update the blog if any sell out.
Doing jigsaw puzzles with your children is a great experience for bonding and teaching. Aside from having a lot of fun play time with colorful pieces, the satisfaction of completing or solving a puzzle is great for motivation and confidence. Here are other great things about teaching with puzzles:
- Increases your youngster’s knowledge about the world
- Helps develop his or her spatial awareness
- Teaches valuable skills in hand-eye coordination and physical dexterity
Additionally, doing jigsaw puzzles helps develop skills in your children that they will also use for reading, math, and logic because all of these things share a theme of patterning. The brain looks for patterning in the world, and jigsaws are a perfect example of patterns!
You can encourage learning development through these jigsaws. Bright colors and familiar images and scenes are a favorite for children, things that promote talking and questions. Your child will undoubtedly recognize some of the features of these maps, or you can start explaining to your child where we live in the context of the greater space.
Tip: If your child seems tired of puzzling, take a break!
Make puzzles a fun experience for your family that mixes entertainment, learning and special time together.
U.S.A. Map Puzzle by Melissa and Doug
Flags of the World by White Mountain
US History by GeoPuzzle
Animals! by GeoPuzzle
A personal favorite of mine, Heye is a high-end jigsaw puzzle brand that brings to the table some of the most magnificent artwork puzzles I’ve seen since working for Puzzle Warehouse. Excited to share these new collections – make sure to browse the whole thing, there are all sorts of different themes in here. From fantasy to nature to cartoon chaos, Heye has the most unique images of all the puzzle brands, in my opinion…. so Happy Puzzling! – Ashley
We have a small but lovely selection of African American Art at Puzzle Warehouse, and here we show case some of those puzzles by Black artists Annie Lee (see earlier artist profile), Keith Mallett and some art in the Tingatinga style.
Keith Mallett attended Hunter College in NY and worked as the in-house artist for Frontline Art Publishers. In 1997, 50 years after Jackie Robinson made his breakthrough into Major League Baseball, Mallett was asked to design the official limited edition print to commemorate the occasion. Mallett is a great artist that we can showcase for Black History month as his art has been instrumental in some movements to celebrate African American experiences — for instance, he also created the art for the first book about African American experiences in the Chicken Soup series.
Tingatinga art was established by Edward Tingatinga in 1968. It is now the name of art and handicrafts produced in the Tinga Tinga Cooperative in Tanzania. These paintings are characterized by their bright colors painted in enamel and highly decorative patterns. They also commonly feature images of animals. Made popular by Disney television, the vivid art style is a wonderful way to appreciate African culture.
Without further ado, enjoy some the best loved puzzles from this theme: