Puzzle of the Day – Toy Story 3 Woody

Pixar fans, time to get excited for today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day. Why? Well, we are proud to present you Toy Story 3 – not the movie, of course, but a 300 pieces poster puzzle picturing the only toy sheriff worthy of the name: Sheriff Woody Pride. There’s no “snake in his boot” this time, but you can make him “reach for the sky” by assembling this 19″ x 26.75″ poster puzzle.

Little puzzlers will enjoy learning about a few of life’s values having by their side this passionate, committed and altruistic character. If we go back in time a little, to Toy Story and Toy Story 2, we cannot deny that although Woody had been put through a lot (he coordinated a reconnaissance mission, had his arm broken and went through very hard times to save his friends), he still manages to keep that charming smile on his face, teaching us how important optimism and friendship really are.

While Buzz Lightyear was the “cool” character of the series, Woody was the smart one. He was the mastermind behind all the plans and all the other toys listened to him. For a toy role model, he is great and he embodies a set of character traits every child should aim for.

Not to mention that, with the likeness of a sheriff like Woody in the room, your child will be delighted. And If you want to make him even happier, you can also get Woody’s faithful companion, Buzz Lightyear to come to the rescue.

Puzzle of the Day – Around Town

Today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day is Around Town. Great for enthusiastic, yet smaller puzzlers, Around Town is a delightful way to entertain your little one.

Children who have begun to outgrow the simple 4 or 10 piece wooden puzzles can graduate to the next level of with this simple 24-piece puzzling adventure. Around town features friendly neighborhood scenes: the pet store, fire department, art museum, doctor’s office, library, dentist office, zoo, park, toy store, grocery store, tire store and of course, the school. With large pieces and a simple structure, youngsters will enjoy grasping and assembling this colorful puzzle.

Speaking of structure, a unique feature of this puzzle is its interesting shape. At 36 inches around with a hollow center, Around Town allows your child to build the puzzle around themselves if they choose, adding an interactive element to their play time. Watch as they “build the neighborhood”, placing every store/building in its designated spot.

Around Town offers not only the opportunity for your little one to use problem-solving skills while putting the pieces together, but also encourages creative “imagination play”. Your child will be planning his/her trip “into town” while making up stories about what happens at each location. What will we get at the grocery store? Where should we go first? School? Nah…maybe the toy store to buy more puzzles!

Master Pieces, known for quality puzzles, crafted this unique puzzle for ages 5 and up. With the holidays approaching, Around Town is a great gift idea for your child or his/her friends.

Puzzle of the Day – Farm Friends

Puzzle of the Day: Farm Friends

Is your little puzzler ready for a new challenge? With its vibrant colors and adorable subject matter, today’s puzzle of the day, Farm Friends by Master Pieces, is a delightful jigsaw puzzle for your little challenge-seeker.

Who wouldn’t love assembling together all of their feathered and furry friends? With a 2-foot by 3-foot wooden frame, there is plenty of space to reunite the colorful rooster, fuzzy orange kitty, naughty puppy, pink pig, little chicks and ducks, horse, sheep, mice, bunnies and cow set against a backdrop of a beautiful farm landscape on a bright summer day. Little hands will love grasping the 24 large wooden pieces.

Farm Friends is appropriate for ages three and up. By assembling the puzzle and taking it apart, matching shapes, colors and pictures, your child can be engaged in independent play. However, this puzzle also provides a wonderful opportunity for families to work (or play) together.

Help your child elevate his or her puzzle skills to the next level. If your little puzzler is an animal lover, curious about nature, farm life or even the seasons…or if he or she just likes colorful, quality puzzles, Farm Friends would make an excellent addition to your jigsaw puzzle collection.

Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids Are Great For You, Too

Cartoon Jungle Animals, jigsaw puzzles for kids

Sometimes it feels as if I’ve spent more time watching my sisters’ children than I have doing anything else in life. This is mostly because time spent watching Sponge Bob is time that drags mercilessly, and because time spent listening to children of differing ages argue about whether to watch Sponge Bob or Hannah Montana is time that seems to come to a complete halt. The solution that works best for me is to turn the television set off altogether, and make them play instead, which in my house means working a jigsaw puzzle.

Most board games require skills like counting or reading, and if the kids you’re trying to entertain aren’t the exact same age, they’re unlikely to be able to do these things at the same level. That means some of them will be bored, while others will feel over their head. Add in the element of competition, and that board game can turn into something that makes the battle for the remote control look good by comparison.

The advantages of jigsaw puzzles for kids include that they involve no reading, no math, and no competition: everybody can go at their own pace, and when the puzzle is completed, it isn’t one person’s victory, but everybody’s.

Jigsaw puzzles for kids range between those with only a dozen pieces, to those with hundreds, and come in every type of design imaginable. Models vary between those smaller than a dinner plate to those that cover the living room floor. And when the kids get tired of pulling one apart and reassembling it, they can glue a backing to the completed puzzle and hang it as wall art.

Best of all, it’s a quiet activity. So quiet you can actually hear yourself think, and maybe even carry on a conversation with the little boogers and get to know them. Try that when you have to compete for their attention with Sponge Bob.

How To Make Jigsaw Puzzles For Kids

Barnyard Friends, a great puzzle for kids

Jigsaw puzzles for kids are a great way to keep them entertained and happy. Children will gladly spend hours working on various puzzles. Making your own jigsaw puzzles makes for a creative and fun project and involving your children in the process will ensure that they enjoy the end result even more.

To make jigsaw puzzles for kids you’ll need a large piece of poster board. The size of the board depends on how big you wish your puzzle to be. You will also need to pick out an image. A small picture or photograph can be scanned onto a computer and printed off in much larger sizes if need be.

With rubber cement, glue the chosen picture onto the chosen size of poster board. Be careful that the picture is perfectly flat and without any wrinkles. When you are finished, set the piece aside for several hours while it dries.

Next comes the fun part. With a pencil, lightly draw out shapes onto the picture. These will be your jigsaw pieces. You can draw any shape you like. If you want to create a puzzle that will be a little harder to solve, use a ruler to create grids and stencils to draw smaller more intricate jigsaw pieces.

After the puzzle’s pieces have been drawn out to your liking, cut them out. Be sure to take your time and cut each piece slowly and carefully. Even the smallest error could lead to an uneven puzzle. After all the pieces have been cut out, the newly created game can be enjoyed. And as with most jigsaw puzzles for kids, keeping the homemade pieces in a small box will ensure that your creation will be enjoyed for years to come. Gluing a smaller version of the puzzle’s image on top of the box will give it a more permanent feel as well.