Nostalgic Puzzles: General Stores

The other day I was talking with my mother and grandparents about the home of my great-grandparents, a small house in the woods built with my great-grandfather’s own hands. My mom talked about going to visit them and how she loved to visit the general store nearby. She’d walk there, pick out candy, and the counterwoman would write down their tab on a small sheet of paper (10 cents per candy) and my great-grandmother would pay it all at the end of the month.

This inspired me to gather up our puzzles of the general store theme. Sometimes they’re sorted under Americana, sometimes under Fall puzzles, sometimes under specific holidays. The presence of old time-y general stores brings about that nostalgic sense of simpler times or small towns. Enjoy!

Pies, Pastries, and Pumpkins by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

jane wooster scott autumn puzzle

Fill ‘ER Up! by Ceaco. 550 pieces.

Tom Antonishak puzzle, general store jigsaw

Fannie Mae’s General Store by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Pleasant Lake General Store by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 1000 pieces.

Dixie General Store by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

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General Store by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces.

nicky boehme puzzles

Country Shopping by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

The Corner Store by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Sugar Creek Cider Mill by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Autumn Tradition by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Along the Yukon by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Remembering 9/11

I love New York City. As a city that I have visited twice and lived in for my freshman year of college, it has a particularly special place in my heart.

I have visited Ground Zero when the rubble was still being cleared away five years later, as well as a WTC museum that still affects me to this day, with the quotes from the answering machines left on loved ones’ phones from the victims on the plane to the hundreds of missing posters on display that are both still prominently in my memory.

I lived in Brooklyn during the construction of One World Trade Center; I visited my friends a year later and had the privilege to visit the new Memorial Plaza, both beautiful and devastating with the pools whose walls are inscribed with the names of the 2,983 people that died.

Today we are all somber and reflective, remembering those we have lost in Flight 93, the Trade Centers, and in the Pentagon, as well as the strength of a city and nation that banded together.

New York #11 by Buffalo Games

9/11 Commemorative – God Bless America by Master Pieces

3D Puzzle – One World Trade Center by Daron Worldwide Trading

NYC – Brooklyn Bridge by Ravensburger

 

 

A Dream Come True

Dreams DO come true. Puzzle Warehouse is officially featured… on a puzzle!

Missouri State Map by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. 24 x 30 inches.

That’s right, everybody. Our own Puzzle Warehouse is featured as a landmark on this Missouri state puzzle as the biggest puzzle story in the USA! We are on the right side, and we share the great achievement of being featured on this puzzle with the St. Louis Zoo, the historic Route 66, and Busch Stadium!

If you live in Missouri or travel here, stop on by! We’d love to see you, and we’d know you’d love to see our massive collection of puzzles and games!

Happy Forth of July Puzzle Fans!

Happy Independence Day, dear readers!

Puzzles with images of fireworks are the best, I think, because we all know how every year we try to capture the light show with our cameras and it comes out completely wrong. The bright colors are dull, the big explosion looks tiny, and it’s hard to capture the moment on film.

So if you want to keep the big, brilliant lights alive for longer, try a 4th of July themed puzzle! We also have puzzles featuring the iconic eagle, parades for the 4th, and other American paraphernalia.

Personally, the first one on this list is my favorite.

fireworks, 4th of july, independence day, William S. Phillips

Best Seat in the House by SunsOut. Artist: William S. Phillips. 1000 pieces.

statue of liberty, lady liberty

Lady Liberty (World’s Smallest Puzzles) by TDC Games. 234 pieces.

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Fourth of July by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Celebration by White Mountain. Artist: Royce B. McClure. 1000 pieces.

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If My People by SunsOut. Artist: Jack E. Dawson. 1000 pieces.

Star Spangled by Ravensburger. 500 pieces.

Puzzle Warehouse wishes you a happy Independence Day with your family and friends today. Check out our other 4th of July puzzles

Teaching Your Kids With Jigsaws: Geography

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!

These dynamic globe puzzle supports 3D comprehension. The unique bright colors and animals ensure a thrilling challenge. Display the puzzle with stand and refer back to it as you teach your kids about other topics like the Great Pyramids or the oceans! (Ages: 4+)

Learning Geography

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

50 states kids puzzle, american jigsaw, patriotic

Teach your kids about north, west, east, and south—have fun helping them tell you how two states are related. Think of asking questions like, “What state is northeast of Texas? What states are farthest west?” See if your kids already know some things about these states, such as the iconic Hollywood sign or Statue of Liberty.

Flags of the World by White Mountain

flag puzzles, countries, world jigsaws

For those families with older children and teens, do the Flags of the World jigsaw as a family activity. You can make it fun by seeing who can recognize the most flags, or maybe make it an extended activity by randomly selecting some countries and then cooking a choice meal from there! Get creative and have fun!

  US History by GeoPuzzle

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Mix geography and history with this jigsaw. The United States doesn’t quite look like it did around 1776. Show your kids how the country has grown, changed, and expanded from the original 13 colonies to the Oregon Territory with this changeable jigsaw puzzle that has two maps of the USA from 1810 and today. (Ages 4+)

  Animals! by GeoPuzzle

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Kids love animals, so what better way to teach them about continents and countries than by connecting them with pictures of these adorable animals, such as pandas, kangaroos, and polar bears? Go beyond the puzzle. Look things up in dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the Internet to find new pictures of animals that your children can add to the puzzle once they’re finished to keep the learning experience thriving! (Ages 4+)