Puzzle of the Day – Egyptian Pyramid

For those of you who are passionate about history and archeology, this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day should get your attention. This 3D puzzle measures 8 by 8 inches at the base, and consists of 80 pieces, specially shaped to fit together into a pyramid shape. Each side features images representing four Egyptian Pharaohs, such as King Tut, Khufu, Cleopatra and Nefertiti.

The Egyptian Pyramids were ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures built as tombs for Egypt’s Pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. The pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest of all Egyptian pyramids and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

The pyramid builders were not slaves or foreigners as some people might think. Some of the builders were permanent employees of the pharaoh. Others were conscripted for a limited time from local villages. As a reward they were given tax breaks, shelter, food and clothing.

The 3D Egyptian Pyramid puzzle by Master Pieces will not require too much manual labor to complete, and you probably won’t get a tax break for it, but it certainly is a challenge. When it is finished, you may even want to keep it assembled as a desk ornament and a trophy of your puzzle superiority.

The Perfect Christmas Gift: a Christmas Jigsaw puzzle

Are you looking for a Christmas gift? Sometimes it can be so hard to please other people that trying to find appropriate gifts for them can be stressful. Choosing a gift is a delicate endeavor. If you don’t get it right, instead of making someone happy, you’ll make them sad. You might not find out about it, but that still isn’t good and it isn’t meant to be that way. No need to lose sleep over it, though.

While clothes, jewelry and perfumes are really tricky gifts, jigsaw puzzles do not fall into the same category. Whether we’re talking about a child or an adult, a jigsaw puzzle might be the right thing to offer in both cases. At Puzzle Warehouse, you can even find holiday themes like a Christmas jigsaw puzzle. Beautifully designed, challenging to assemble, some with as many as 1000 pieces, they are simply made to please.

They will make adults go back in time and enjoy, once again, some of the lost joys of their beautiful childhood. If they have children to share them with, those jigsaw puzzles will guarantee them some quality time with their families and will make Christmas an even happier time.

If you want to offer a gift to children, a jigsaw puzzle will be just the challenge they were hoping for and it will allow them to test their patience and skill while discovering a beautiful Christmas image, such as Father’s Christmas Train. By choosing a Christmas jigsaw puzzle, you will be helping with the creation of the magic Christmas is all about.

How Jigsaw Puzzles Were Born

Despite all appearances, the first jigsaw puzzle did not have a ludic purpose, but an educational one. Its invention is usually attributed to John Spilsbury, an Englishman who thought of the jigsaw puzzle as a playful method of learning geography.

That’s why the first jigsaw puzzles represented maps and, while assembling them, children were also testing their geography knowledge. It was a very useful tool, and some teachers still use this method today, as unorthodox as it might seem.

For the little ones, learning through play is a validated methodological approach that has proven very efficient through the years. Unlike the stiff academic drills, play can captivate children a lot more and stimulate them in more than one way. And a well-designed and tested method of learning through play can reach its objectives a lot easier than a traditional one.

Jigsaw puzzles are an essential learning tool, and they can stimulate your child and help him develop faster an essential set of skills. Solving jigsaw puzzles with him will not only enhance his social skills, but also stimulate his creativity and hand-to-eye coordination. In the meantime, the picture assembling will also stimulate his imagination and develop his problem-solving skills in a playful way.

At Puzzle Warehouse, you can find jigsaw puzzles for children of all ages, starting with as little as 12 pieces. You can not only make geography fun, but you will also be able to help the little ones discover nature and life in a wonderful and colorful way. We have more than 300 jigsaw puzzles waiting to be assembled and to teach our children the best things about life.

Bigger Than Life

Jigsaw puzzles are always challenging. And even if some are more challenging than others, assembling a jigsaw puzzle has never been an easy task. For those who like big challenges and don’t easily give up, puzzle makers are constantly trying to make it harder, by creating larger and more difficult puzzles. A couple of months ago, the biggest jigsaw puzzle you could find on the market was Life, the Greatest Puzzle, a 24,000-piece marvel.

Educa, the Spanish manufacturer behind this huge puzzle, asked Royce B. McClure to design it. The artist combined images from some of his previous paintings in order to make the puzzle challenging and attractive, and the result took thousands of hours of work. Once you complete it, you can use it to decorate any wall in the house due to its amazing 428 x 157 cm breadth.

Today, Life doesn’t look so big anymore. And that’s because Ravensburger created something bigger than Life: a 32,256 pieces jigsaw puzzle, part of the special series called Keith Harring. The Double Retrospect weighs 57,056 pounds and measures an impressive 544 x 192 cm. Since September 2010, it is the official record holder.

But if you look at the image, you have to appreciate Life more than Double Retrospect. The details on the image look great even on the full scale jigsaw puzzle, not only on the box, and the assembling is a lot more challenging due to the richness of the image and the intricacy of the details. While Double Retrospect looks good enough and is the new biggest jigsaw puzzle, it is an assembly of 32 smaller images, like a filmstrip, rather than one large continuous image.

Psychological and Health Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles

While jigsaw puzzles are widely acknowledged for their entertaining purpose, there are numerous psychological and health benefits of jigsaw puzzles and assembling them that tend to be forgotten in today’s video era.

When we say health benefits, we have in mind some of the alternatives to jigsaw puzzle assembling, such as television, internet and video games. As opposed to those, jigsaw puzzles have the advantage of being easy on the eyes. There’s no backlight, no glare that slowly wears down your vision, and it occupies not only your body, but also your mind.

Jigsaw puzzles make you think. Unlike watching a movie, reading a book or being engaged in another form of passive activity, assembling a puzzle requires a lot of thinking, both logical and creative, thus making your whole brain work at once. It is a useful form of mental activity that has long term benefits.

Jigsaw puzzles also make you relax. After a stressful day, retiring in your room in front of your unfinished jigsaw puzzle helps you clear your mind and relax. While you’re working on it, the stress goes away and nothing else can affect you. Not to mention the happiness you feel when you see the image getting closer and closer to completion with every piece you skillfully arrange.

Jigsaw puzzles can also teach you a life lesson. There’s something in assembling a jigsaw puzzle that can help you in life. If you look at it like a metaphor, a jigsaw puzzle is just like your life. One big challenge that requires you to take small steps, one at the time. You have to do it all, but you can’t take any shortcuts. And there’s no need to get desperate over you. Approach your life like you approach a puzzle. Try to imagine the bigger picture first and then take it step by step. With patience and care, you will get everything done on time.