Puzzle of the Day – Autumn Leaves and Laughter

It’s that time of year again – time for the trees to put on their final show with blazing colors of orange, red and yellow leaves. Time for pumpkins, apple cider, trick-or-treating, football and playing outside in the beautiful weather. To get you in the mood, this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day is Memory Lane – Autumn Leaves and Laughter.

Created by Master Pieces for ages 13 and up, Memory Lane – Autumn Leaves and Laughter features colorful artwork by Randy Van Beek that you could get lost in. Imagine walking up to the beautiful Victorian home with the welcoming porch. Along the way, you kick up a few brilliant leaves that have fallen in your path. Children throw themselves into piles of leaves without abandon and after the pile scatters too much to jump in, they gather the leaves up in their red wagon to make new piles all while inventing new rules to their “game”.

The air is crisp, the bright red barn in the distance stands out against a clear blue sky. The neighbors must be burning leaves because you smell the unmistakable scent that takes you back to your childhood and those inevitable family “yard clean up” days. Maybe later you and the kids will get together and have a family pumpkin carving contest.

With 300 pieces, Memory Lane – Autumn Leaves and Laughter is jigsaw puzzle that will provide hours of challenging fun. Just in time for the season, too – when you complete this puzzle hang it over your fireplace and bring the change of season indoors to enjoy.

A Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle is a Treat

Pumpkin Patch, Halloween jigsaw puzzle

If you are looking for a new and different way to enjoy Halloween with your family or students, here’s a fun idea: put together a Halloween jigsaw puzzle! Putting together a Halloween jigsaw puzzle is a very fun family or classroom activity. It’s a great way to get everybody in the spooky Halloween mood if you begin it a week or so before the holiday.

Even the busiest group can do this. If you don’t have time to all sit down and do the puzzle together, then try putting the puzzle out where everybody passes by on their way in and out. That way, each person in the group can put in a few pieces whenever they feel like it. Everyone who comes along later can see and enjoy what’s been done, and it also provides a topic of conversation.

You might want to have a little contest for who places the most pieces, with special Halloween treats for prizes. If you have relatives such as grandparents who live far away, buying matching puzzles, putting them together at the same time, and sharing pictures of your progress is a wonderful way to share the holiday with them.

It’s so cool to see the way everyone’s excitement grows as the Halloween jigsaw puzzle nears completion, and the holiday itself approaches. As you dress up your home or classroom for Halloween, make the completed puzzle one of your decorations. One great idea is to place the jigsaw puzzle under the glass on top of a table for an instant, spill-proof Halloween ‘tablecloth’.

Or you could pull the puzzle apart again and re-use it as a party activity. If you decide to do this activity this Halloween, just be sure to choose a jigsaw puzzle that has subject matter everyone will enjoy (nothing too scary for kids, and no tiny pieces for very young children). Also, be sure the puzzle is age and skill appropriate for all participants.

Unlock your creativity with Sunsout puzzles

All In the Family, and more Sunsout Puzzles

As you move from one puzzle to another it is important to have a good collection to choose from. With interesting themes, life-like images and artwork-based puzzles to choose from, Sunsout puzzles are a treat for any puzzle lover.

The best part of solving puzzles is that it keeps your mind sharp and makes you think out of the box to come up with solutions. If you have kids, these puzzles tickle their tender minds, keep them active and lay the perfect base for creative minds.

Sunsout has a vast collection of puzzles and is available in toy stores throughout the country. The entire Sunsout puzzles collection, including exclusive puzzles unavailable in stores, is available online from websites like Puzzle Warehouse, so you can take a look at different themes without leaving the house and even order online!

Jigsaw puzzles are one of those toys your kids will never grow out of, for the simple reason that as they grow, they will move from easy ones to higher difficulty levels. The satisfaction of a completed puzzle is exhilarating and the tougher the puzzle the better.

Complex puzzles at discounted prices are also great, because you really don’t have to shell out much money to keep yourself sharp. This is a satisfaction very few games these days provide. No matter if you are a kid, a young adult or you are old enough to have kids of your own, jigsaw puzzles can be an excellent personal game and also fun to play with family and kids.

Puzzle of the Day – Tropical Impressions

OK, extreme puzzlers…this jigsaw puzzle of the day is just for you. With 18,000 pieces, Tropical Impressions by Ravensburger is sure to keep even the most skilled puzzlers busy for a little while.

Tropical Impressions features beautiful illustrations of slinky jungle cats, cheerful and colorful birds, and gorgeous rainforest scenery. Who wouldn’t get lost for hours in such a lush environment?

If 18,000 pieces is somewhat intimidating to you, don’t worry…Tropical Impressions is a large 75 x 108 inch puzzle, but it’s divided into four quadrants, each with a different, but complementary scene. Each quadrant is separately packaged so you can complete one at a time. When you complete one, move on to the next when you’re ready. Before you know it, you will have completed all four which you can put together for a beautiful completed puzzle.

Tropical Impressions is made by Ravensburger, who is well-known for quality jigsaw puzzles. As a bonus, shipping is FREE right now. Your family and friends will be amazed when they see your completed 18,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Get started today!

The Best Jigsaw Puzzle Brands

Springbok, one of the best jigsaw puzzle brands

Are you looking for your next jigsaw puzzle? Need a gift for an avid puzzler? Or, are you a puzzle newbie overwhelmed by the wide variety of options? Let’s discuss some of the best jigsaw puzzle brands and what sets them apart from the rest of the crowd. A few factors contribute to the reputations of the best puzzle makers:

  1. Quality: A high quality puzzle has clean edges that interlock effortlessly and is made from sturdy materials.
  2. The image/artwork: The image or artwork is often the first thing that a puzzler notices. Are the images attractive? Clear? Unique? Does the artwork appeal to you?
  3. Challenge level: Does the puzzle offer a challenge which resonates with your skill level (or beginning status)?

With these criteria in mind, the puzzle companies most often praised for their jigsaw puzzles are Springbok, Ravensburger and Clementoni.

Springbok Puzzles has been around since 1963 and is often cited for its lovely images and high quality pieces. Springbok hand cuts the puzzle dies so that each piece sits perfectly.

Award-winning Ravensburger has been making puzzles for 25 years. Notable recognition was granted by Oppenheim and Parent’s Choice and also earned Family Fun Magazine’s Toy of the Year award. Puzzlers appreciate the accessibility of the puzzles as well as the various challenge levels that they offer.

Enjoy Clementoni puzzles guilt-free because they use recycled and non-pollutant materials. Green is beautiful, because puzzlers consistently note the high quality, vivid and clean pictures on Clementoni puzzles.

If you are still overwhelmed by these choices, just select any one of these brands, and then choose the image that appeals to you most. Whether you are an experienced puzzler, or new to the game, you can’t go wrong when you stick with the best jigsaw puzzle brands.