Best of Horse Puzzles

Today I went to the San Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California with my family. It was the first time I had seen horses race, and the first time I had bet money on horses to win. It was fun to pick from the silly names (such as Inner Groove, Magic School, and Political Man) and to spend time with my family cheering the horses on as they burst from the gates.

Horse racing has a long history—it’s been found that it even occurred in ancient Greece, Babylon, Syria, and Egypt. Chariot and mounted horse races were even featured in the ancient Greek Olympics in 648 B.C. Back then it was much less safe, though. Because the ground was so rough and hard, if a rider accidentally fell from the horse, they usually died.

Animal Planet used to have a show called JOCKEYS that told about the lives of those talented riders that race their horses to the finish line. You can now find these episodes online.

For those that love the beauty and grace of these great creatures, we have a selection of horse puzzles. Here are some favorites.

 

horse jigsaw puzzle

Horse Show by SunsOut. $10.99. 500 Pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

horse shaped jigsaw puzzle

Once Upon A Sky by SunsOut. $17.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size: 24.5″ x 35″.

 

winter horse puzzle

Winter Trio by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size 26.625″ x 19.25″.

horses jigsaw puzzle

Country Lane Horses by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size 26.625″ x 19.25″.

 

horses jigsaw puzzle

Four Horses of the Apocolypse by SunsOut. $16.99. 1500 Pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 33″.

snow jigsaw puzzle, horses jigsaw puzzle

Spirit of the Rockies by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″.

child jigsaw puzzle, horse jigsaw puzzle

Hay, Baby by SunsOut. $10.99. 500 Pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

wild horses jigsaw puzzle

A Brand New Hope by SunsOut. $14.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 34″.

 

wild horses jigsaw puzzle

Born to Run by SunsOut. $29.99. 3000 Pieces. Finished size: 42.25″ x 31.2″.

moon jigsaw puzzle, horses jigsaw puzzle

Under the Desert Moon by SunsOut. $10.99. 500 Pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: For Ages 8+

We have another collection of gift ideas for the children in your life, this time for ages 8+! Featuring a selection of popular items from Pixar and Disney, these puzzles are sure to be a favorite among the youngsters.

Real 3D Breakthrough Mickey Mouse by MEGA Puzzles. $21.99. 250+ pieces.

Peter Pan by Sunsout. $5.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 10″ x 16″.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 17″ x 24″.


Sonic the Hedgehog Shaped Puzzle by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18.5″.


Mario Shaped by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 11″ x 24″.


Real 3D Breakthrough – A Hug for Mother by MEGA Puzzles. $21.99. 250+ pieces.


Sporting Fun by Ravensburger. $9.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″.


Animal Planet – Jungle Friends by Ravensburger. $11.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 14.45″ x 10.25″.


Carousel by Ravensburger. $9.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″.


Dragon Voyage by Cobble Hill. $11.99. 180 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 12.5″.

Holiday Puzzle Series #3: Cardinals in Winter

Wondering why the cardinal makes such a big appearance in our snowy winter puzzles? Well, the cardinal is a bird that doesn’t migrate and doesn’t molt during the winter; it keeps those bright red attention-drawing feathers all year long, making them stand out especially against the white backdrop. Some say the cardinal’s coloring and conspicuousness makes it the bird most responsible for getting people into bird watching, being the first bird that strikes them to open up the bird field guide.

For some symbolic meanings of the cardinal, visit The Cardinal Experience. Cardinals are special birds—they can symbolize a myriad of things, from vitality, faith and power to cycles of life, death, and renewal!

Christmas Red by Sunsout. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 35″.

Twilight Trio by Springbok. $11.99. 500 Pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″.

Cardinals Rustic Retreat by Sunsout. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 13” x 19”.

Winter Cardinal by Buffalo Games. $10.99. 500 pieces.

 

The Seasons by Sunsout. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 34″.


10 Best Puzzles for Dog Lovers

My brother and I recently got puppies. He has a pit bull named Katie and I have a chihuahua named Marlowe. We also have an old grumpy papillon mix named Sam who gives us looks of contempt when the puppies try to play with him. All this being said, my life is entirely dogs right now. So, to share the puppy love, we bring you some of our cutest dog puzzles that Marlowe helped me pick out.

See, look how helpful she was:

Marlowe may just be a puppy – but she knows how to pick out a great puzzle!

In no particular order – the cutest dogs you’ll ever puzzle:

Puppies Puzzle

Puppies by Euro Graphics. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.5” x 19.25”. $15.99

Bull Dog Puzzle

Bull Dog by Educa. 500 pieces. Finished size: Finished size 18.75″ X 13.5″. $12.99

Puppy and Kitten Puzzle

Big Kiss by Ravensburger. 500 pieces. Finished size: 19.25” x 14.25”. $12.99

Golden Puppies Puzzle

Golden Puppies by Ravensburger. 200 pieces. Finished size: 22.5” x 9.5”. $9.99

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING - PUPPY'S FIRST BATH PUZZLE

Puppy’s First Bath by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″. $16.99

PUPPY MISCHIEF PUZZLE

Puppy Mischief by Cobble Hill. 500 pieces. Finished size: 24” x 18”. $14.99

Puppies Playing in Paint Puzzle

Playing In Paint by Ravensburger. 300 pieces. Finished size 19.25″ x 14.25″. $13.99

Dog With Rose Puzzle

Dog With a Rose by Clementoni. 500 pieces. Finished size: 19.3” x 14.2”. $11.99

WORLD'S SMALLEST PUZZLES - PUPPY PLAYMATES

Puppy Playmates (World’s Smallest Puzzles Series) by TDC Games. 234 pieces. Finished size: 4” x 6”. $5.99

Mini Puzzle - Sleepy Dogs

Sleeyheads (Mini) by Sunsout. 100 pieces. Finished size: 7” x 9”. $4.99

11 Fun Brain Activities for Children

Puzzles and brainteasers are great for helping young brains develop and grow. They teach problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination, sorting, pattern recognition and more! The best part? There are so many different types of puzzles and images on puzzles that they are certain to entertain as much as they educate. While puzzles will help develop reading, math and logic skills – they also provide a feeling of accomplishment and achievement when the puzzle is solved – which is why kid’s love to do them over and over – and might just give them a confidence boost too!

Putting together jigsaw puzzles and other types of puzzle brainteasers can also be a great family or group play activity, along with individual play. But how do you pick a good puzzle for your youngster? Here are few tips from an article in a Young Children periodical.

1. Small knobs for toddlers. Knobs or chunky puzzles help small fingers with coordination and strengthen the grips used for writing. These are the first puzzle children 2-3 year’s old will enjoy putting together over and over.

2. Children like puzzles of things they know, animals, shapes, story scenes and bright colors.

3. Well designed, sturdy pieces that will withstand some wear and tear are a must. Wooden puzzles from Melissa and Doug, for example, make great starter puzzles for younger puzzlers.

4. When they get bored – it just means they need a step up in challenge – find a puzzle with more pieces, without frames, knobs or trays, or with new topics like letters, numbers or anatomy.

Here are 11 Great Kid’s Puzzles and Games for Brain Development

Five progressive puzzles from 2 to 5 pieces. The pieces are larger, thicker and easier to handle, stimulating attention, curiosity and imagination in children 12 months and older.

Getting dressed won't be such a puzzle once zipping, buckling, snapping, lacing and tying, and other dressing skills are mastered. Each skill is contained on a separate, wooden puzzle piece for easy practice. Develop fine motor and life skills with this great activity. For ages 3+.

Hear the sounds of six favorite vehicles when the two wooden cubes are properly placed in the wooden tray! Find the halves that match and hear six different, realistic sounds. Develops visual perception and fine motor skills. For ages 2+

Easy to grasp, thick chunky pieces fit perfectly into a background tray and help teach kids as young as two about life under the sea! For ages 2 and up.

From Acrobatic Alligator all the way to Zigzag Zebra, this colorful wooden alphabet puzzle has beautifully detailed pictures. When the piece is removed, a full color illustration with a matching image helps children find every letter its home. For ages 3 and up.

 

Ideal for travel, this wooden magnetic board includes three interchangeable animal habitat cards, farm, sea and savanna, and 26 magnetic, wooden play pieces for educational and creative play. For ages 3 and up.

Designed for hours of play and ideal for travel, this wooden magnetic board includes 120 colorful geometric magnets. Younger children (3+) will enjoy using the shapes to replicate the 12 geometric pictures included, while older children will enjoy creating mosaic patterns and pictures directly on the magnetic board.

Fun and fact filled card games for kids of all ages! Features great topics like Lost Civilizations, The Human Body, Earth Science, Sports and more! For ages 8 and up.

PlaySmart Digits in a Box Puzzle Game. First, spill the ten digits (0-9) from the box and give them a scramble. Then, place the pieces back in the box so that the lid closes flat. There are over 4000 possible solutions. For ages 6-8.

The incredible inner workings of the human body are beautifully portrayed in this double - sided educational floor puzzle. One side of this 100 - piece cardboard puzzle features the skeletal structure, and the other side shows internal organs and the circulatory system. For ages 8+.