Puzzle of the Day – Friends on Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day is the aptly titled Friends on Halloween. Autumn colors, spooky decorations, and trick-or-treaters are all themes invoked, sure to get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday. Take a break from the routine and put together a whimsical puzzle to celebrate the season.

This puzzle by Sunsout features the artwork of Doug Laird. In the distance there’s a beautiful home. Light pours from the window and smoke drifts out of the chimney. The yard is decorated to the nines with floating bats, a skeleton hung from a gnarled tree, and brightly lit jack-o-lanterns. Their ghoulish faces leer at passersby. In the foreground, a black cat on a fencepost arches his back- an iconic Halloween image. The trick-or-treaters are dressed in an array of costumes, eager to carry away their haul of candy in plastic pumpkin buckets. Even the dog gets in on the act.

This beautifully composed image will leave you feeling nostalgic for your childhood, prepare you for the little ghosts and ghouls to come knocking at your door, and have you pulling out decorations and carving pumpkins of your own. The combination of light and shadow creates interesting variations in the picture.

With 1000 pieces, Friends on Halloween will keep you entertained for hours. There’s enough pieces to present a challenge for even the most seasoned puzzler, and enough variety to keep you interested. For an even more enjoyable evening, invite your friends over on Halloween to join in the fun.

Solve a Crime By Working Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles

Do you like solving a mystery? Or even a crime? Was the board game Clue your favorite back in the day? Betrayal, murder, death, greed…all of this and more can be found when you put together a jigsaw puzzle mystery.

Most of us have probably heard of a mystery dinner party, but how does this translate into a puzzle? A jigsaw puzzle mystery gives you a thrilling investigation to solve while putting together your challenging jigsaw puzzle. After you read the story that accompanies your puzzle, your first challenge is actually putting the pieces of the puzzle together: usually there is no cover artwork on the box to guide you! Your second challenge is to figure out the clues and cross-reference them to the story provided to solve the crime.

Some mystery jigsaw puzzles even come with two puzzles, making the challenge a little harder. Put together one puzzle, follow the clues, and then put together the second puzzle. This might not be too difficult…normally. But leave it to those clever puzzle experts to come up with a way to take it to the next level…both puzzles are usually mixed up into one package. With no artwork to guide you, working these puzzles might take a little while.

Mystery jigsaw puzzles come in many subjects and stories and make great hostess gifts. Not to mention, what a great theme for your own party or a party for your older kids. Take the mystery out of your next puzzle project and get yours today!

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!