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

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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

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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+)

Gift Ideas: For Ages 6+

The holidays may be over, the gifts unwrapped, the Christmas puzzles already built, but the kids in your life still have birthdays and Easters and rewards for good grades that are all great occasions to gift them a puzzle! Today we continue with puzzles appropriate for ages six and up, with dinos, princesses, trains, and teddies!

Real 3D Breakthrough – Princess Heart from MEGA Puzzles. $21.99. 125+ pieces.

Chuggington – Busy Day by Ravensburger. $10.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 14.25″ x 19.25″.


Princess Carriage Ride by Ravensburger. $10.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″.

Dino Balloon by Cobble Hill. $9.99. 60 pieces. Finished size: 12.5″ x 19″.

tatty teddy puzzles

Me to You – Cottage Visit and Garden Party from Tatty Teddy by Ravensburger. $15.99. 100 and 200 pieces. Finished sizes: 19.25″ x 14.25″.

pirates puzzle

Pirate’s Bounty – Floor Puzzle by Melissa and Doug. $11.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 2′ x 3′.

girly puzzles

Moxie Girlz – Magic Hair by Master Pieces. $7.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 11.5″ x 15″.

 

 

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″.

New Species Discovered: The Lesula Monkey

There is officially a new species of monkey that has been named, though the Lesula Monkey has been long familiar animal to the locals of its central African habitat in the lowland forests of the Congo.


A team of scientists has been investigating the species since June 2007 and have now given it the binomial Cercopithecus lomamiensis. It was discovered when researchers found a lesula monkey that was the pet of a school director’s daughter.

The lesula resembles an owl-faced monkey, but is easily distinguishable by its variations in color, its significantly larger incisors and second molars. They have since proven that the owl-monkey and the lesula are close relatives but genetically distinct, most likely separated geographically by a river that led to the differences between the two species.

This is only the second discovery of a new monkey species in 28 years, but it reminds us that there are still areas of earth to be explored and things to be found.

If this has triggered your fondness of monkeys, here are a few of our puzzles which feature monkeys and apes. We also have a huge selection of jungle animal puzzles for you to enjoy!

500 piece jigsaw puzzle by Buffalo Games.

 

100 piece kids puzzle by Ravensburger.

 

1000 piece jungle puzzle by artist James Hamilton Grovely. Made by Sunsout.

Don’t Forget to Vote! + Fun Political Puzzles

It’s time to register to vote! November will be here before you know it and the 2012 Presidential Election is going full speed ahead. We’ve got some really fun political puzzles to share with you – no matter who you’re voting for, you’re sure to find a red or blue puzzle that will be fun to put together this election season.

US Presidents poster puzzle for kids - will the puzzle have to be redesigned or will it stay the same? It’s up to you to vote!


Click for for more information on when voter registration deadlines are due for your state.

GottaVote is also a great site for learning more about registering and how to vote and what you need to do in order to vote.

Artist James Mellett has chosen key moments and key players in the ongoing dialog between Left, Right and Center. Whether you grit your teeth or laugh out loud, you won't be bored by this incredible puzzle. 1000 pieces.

Take a break from all the media coverage and political debates and just have some fun learning about the presidents. Here are some neat facts you may not have known about the first 44 leaders.

  • James Madison was the smallest and measured at 5’4”. The tallest was Abraham Lincoln at 6’4”.
  • John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on the 4th of July, while Calvin Coolidge was born on it.
  • Andrew Jackson killed a man in a duel.
  • Martin Van Buren was the first born as an American citizen. Jimmy Carter was the first born in a hospital.
  • William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after only 31 days in office.
  • Zachary Taylor never voted for in a presidential election.
  • The White House didn’t have a stove or running water until the time of 13th president, Millard Fillmore.
  • There was no First Lady during the 15th president’s time. James Buchanan never married, so his niece was the White House’s hostess.
  • Ulysses S. Grant had some trouble with the law: he was fined $20 for speeding in his horse and carriage.
  • The first president to have a phone was Rutherford B. Hayes, and his phone number was pretty simple: it was merely “1.” The first president to have his photograph taken was James Polk, and the first one to ride in an airplane and appear on television was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    These trivia cards are a great way to learn about past USA presidents.

  • James A. Garfield was a talented ambidextrous. He could write with both hands simultaneously—in different languages!
  • Grover Cleveland is the was the first one to get married in the White House. He married his business partner’s daughter whom he had known since she was born. They also were the first ones to have a child born during a presidency.
  • Campaign buttons were first used by 25th president William McKinley.
  • Theodore Roosevelt officially dubbed it the White House in 1901. Before it was the Executive Mansion, the President’s Palace, or simply the President’s House.
  • Poor Woodrow Wilson never fulfilled his dreams. He wanted to be a stage performer—instead he was just the president.
  • John Tyler, a father of fifteen, had the most children. James Madison, James Polk, and James Buchanan were all childless.
  • Warren G. Harding liked to gamble. He gambled away a set of the White House’s china.
  • Gerald R. Ford was either really cool or really protective: he held his daughter’s high school prom in the White House.
  • George W. Bush has a collection of over 250 signed baseballs. Barack Obama collects Spider-Man comics.
  • The state where the most presidents was born was Ohio, with 7 presidents. No presidents have been born in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming.
  • Imagine if your mechanic or your teacher became your president. That’s what happened to many customers and students when Lyndon B. Johnson took office. Other notable careers of presidents before they were presidents: Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer, Ronald Reagan was a movie actor, Abe Lincoln chopped rails for fences, Andrew Johnson was a tailor, Calvin Coolidge was a toymaker, and Gerald Ford was a model.

Can you name them all? This is a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

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