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!
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.
Dreams DO come true. Puzzle Warehouse is officially featured… on a puzzle!
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!
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.
Puzzle Warehouse wishes you a happy Independence Day with your family and friends today. Check out our other 4th of July puzzles
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.