Puzzle Penpals

In August, we posted about jigsaw puzzle swaps. With swaps, you can send and receive jigsaw puzzles from all over the country. But recently we discovered Mallory’s blog where she has put a new spin on puzzles in the mail.

Mallory is a creative woman with a lot of long distance family. To keep in touch with the younger bunch and foster a close relationship with them across the miles, Mallory has found fun, interactive ways to communicate.

One way she came up with was penpal puzzles!

The concept is simple: she finds a puzzle that her cousin (or niece of nephew) would like (with an appropriate piece count for their age), she puts it together, then she flips it over and writes a note on the back.

Then she breaks it up to send.

And voila! The kiddos get a fun new gift, an educational and interactive activity, and a letter to cherish from a loving family member!

The same thing could work for adult family and friends, though it might take you a little longer to accomplish! It would make an additionally wonderful gift for grandparents using a custom jigsaw puzzle with a beloved family photo.

NEW Theme: Outdoors

You might recognize some of these jigsaw puzzles from out site, but now we’ve added a theme to help you find just the puzzle you’re looking for!

With some new 2014 puzzles and some that were previously sorted into themes that weren’t quite right, the brand new “Camping and Outdoors” theme is for everyone that loves pitching a tent for the night, hiking up the mountain, and the wonderful views that accompany these activities for those that love to be out in nature–whether that be in the forest or on the lake!

These are the puzzles that should be packed to take to the cabin you visit in the summer or thrown in the camper when you’re leaving behind civilization for a few days. With these serene and idyllic scenes, you won’t be able to wait for the warm weather and vacation time to get out of the house and into the outdoors!

camping, fishing, tents, vintage magazines and newspapers puzzles

At The Campground (Outdoor Life) by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 27″

Georgian Bay Moonrise by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Catching Memories by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 13″ x 39″

puzzles for families, picnics

Family Picnic by Buffalo Games. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 18″

panoramic nature jigsaw puzzle

Evening Solitude by White Mountain. 700 pieces. Finished size: 12″ x 34″

Away From It All by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Life’s Little Pleasures by Cobble Hill. 500 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″

Silent Shores by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.75″

 

Summer Pleasures by SunsOut. 1500 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 33″

Another Time by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 30″

 

For even more Camping and Outdoors jigsaw puzzles, click here!

Educational Insights Puzzles for Kids: Teaching Them about Money, Time, and Vocabularly

Educational Insights is a company dedicated to making learning an interactive, enjoyable experience for kids. Based in Southern California, they manufacture products that have serious educational value–while maintaining the interest of your little ones. The designers of these products are seasoned educators and parents themselves, people that know best just how important it is for learning to be fun.

We carry several Match It Up! puzzles from Educational Insights. These puzzles are aids to keep your kids’ brains working while they play and learn about the concepts of reading and vocabulary (specifically synonyms and antonyms), money, and telling time.

These puzzles are perfect because with them, you can do two very important things that keeps learning fun for kiddos:

1) You can help them and play with them, making learning a special, social time, and 2) You can match up things your child is interested in–like cartoons, animals, or dinosaurs–and use it to encourage them in their quest for more knowledge.

vocabulary help, puzzles for kids,

Match It Up! Antonyms Puzzle by Educational Insights. 48 pieces.

Each set for each special skill comes with 2 puzzles, both of which have no clue as to what image your child will be building. Instead, they will look to the tray where they place the pieces and the back of the puzzle pieces. They will match up the concepts that go together. For example, on the antonyms puzzle they will match up “day” and “night” to correctly place a piece. On the money puzzle they will match up a written number such as “21.75” with a photo of two ten dollar bills and three quarters. At the end, they’ll see the full picture that all their knowledge has helped them build!

making vocab fun for kids

Match It Up! Synonyms by Educational Insights. 48 pieces.

help kids learn about money

Match It Up! Money Puzzles by Educational Insights. 48 pieces.

teach kids to tell time

Match It Up! Time by Educational Insights. 48 pieces.

Building puzzles is one of the best ways to combine learning, fun, and other essential skill developments. They will:

  • Hone their fine motor skills

  • Develop problem-solving techniques

  • Master shape recognition

  • Improve their memories

These skills will translate to so many areas of your child’s life. So not only will these puzzles help teach kids new concepts, it will be helping them in ways that are harder to see but just as important too! Inspiring a love of games and puzzles in youngsters will help ensure that they maintain engagement with activities that have so many benefits and that wards off cognitive decline far into their futures, making for a full, happy, and healthy life.

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Puzzles for Kids

Kids can be tough to buy gifts for sometimes, because we don’t know what toys and games they already own or things they will like to use for a long time. It can also be hard to find the perfect difficulty level where it is easy enough to use to be fun but challenging enough to keep interest. A puzzle is a fun, interactive gift that can be enjoyed by the child and his or her parents, as they help their child develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and more. We have a great holiday gift guide on our site, with puzzles separated by age group, featuring some of our best-loved puzzles for ages 1 through 12.

AGES 1-2+

christmas kids puzzle, toys for kids, gifts for toddlers

Christmas Tree Chunky Puzzle by Melissa and Doug. 13 pieces. Age 2+

music games, sound puzzles, melissa and doug kids jigsaw puzzles, gifts for toddlers

Sound Puzzle: Musical Instruments by Melissa and Doug. 8 pieces. Ages 2+

farm puzzle, good first birthday gifts

Large Farm Jumbo Knob by Melissa and Doug. 8 pieces. Ages 1+

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AGES 3-4+

thomas the train puzzle, thomas the train games, kids puzzles

Thomas & Friends – Meeting Friends by Ravensburger. 80 pieces. Ages 4+

snow puzzles, horse jigsaw, puzzles for kids

Chestnut and Acorn by Cobble Hill. 35 pieces. Ages 3+

 

Black Lab Puppies (Tray Puzzle) by Cobble Hill. 35 pieces. Ages 3+

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AGES 5-6+

wizard of oz jigsaw

Jouney to Oz by SunsOut. 63 pieces. Ages 5+

Noah and the Ark by SunsOut. 63 pieces. Ages 6+

low piece count puzzles, puzzles for children, wildlife jigsaw

Mini Puzzles: Tiger by Ravensburger. 54 pieces. Ages 5+

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AGES 7-8+

teddy bear puzzles

Teddy Bear Workshop by . 275 pieces. Ages 8+

educational puzzles, space jigsaw, science puzzle

Dino’s Solar System by Dino’s Illustrated World. 500 pieces. Ages 8+

Gingerbread Makers by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces. Ages 8+

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AGES 9-10+

Gingerbread Fun by Springbok. 400 pieces. Ages 10+

Frogs by SunsOut. 200 pieces. Ages 10+

nellie bly, puzzle games

Around the World with Nellie Bly by Pomegranate. 300 pieces. Ages 9+

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AGES 11-12

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Affectionate Pups by MEGA Puzzles. 1000 pieces. Ages 12+

Anif Castle 3D Puzzle by Hasbro. 769 pieces. Ages 12+

dragon puzzle

Dragon Storm by Melissa and Doug. 500 pieces. Ages 12+

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Only 6 Days Left to get your order by Christmas! Order by Tuesday, Dec 17 to ensure delivery by Dec. 24.

Perfect Party Puzzles

All puzzles are good to do with a friend, some are just easier! The new puzzles offered by PSI are round-table puzzles, or four-fronts puzzles. That just means when everyone sits around the table, they’re going to have a part of the puzzle that is facing them—not upside down, or at another weird angle—making them perfect for throwing a puzzle party or for having it out on Thanksgiving or during the holiday season! If you’re looking for a good family-based, easygoing activity, this is the perfect idea.

city puzzle, round table puzzle, 4th of july jigsaw

City Central by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

animal kingdom puzzle, elephants, jungle jigsaw

Animal Arena by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

american landmarks puzzle, statue of liberty puzzle, big ben, best travel jigsaw

Legendary Landmarks by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

time travel puzzle, pyramids jigsaw

A Quick Walk Through Time by PSI. 550 pieces. 20″ x 20″.