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.
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.
Jigsaw puzzles are great for kids. As they learn how to fit together the pieces to create a picture, they learn many things. Puzzles are known to help the brain develop and stay sharp. They are even used for those who have brain injuries and need to work their brain as a part of their recovery.
Depending on the age of the kid that you are buying a puzzle for, you should pay attention to the number and size of the pieces. The more pieces there are, then the harder it is to put together, and the smaller the pieces are. This also means that you then need to make sure that your child doesn’t try putting them in his mouth, as this can be a choking hazard. Puzzle Warehouse gives an age level for each puzzle it sells, to help you decide if it is appropriate for your child. There are plenty of options for younger kids.
The last thing you will find is that with these jigsaw puzzles, there are all sort of pictures. When they put it together and see the final picture, they will feel really happy about what they have accomplished. It’s something you should look into.
Kids jigsaw puzzles make great gifts, and are also good as something to keep for those days when your friends’ or family’s kids are over for a visit. There are tons of puzzles out there ranging from difficult to easy and you can find that in many instances, you may even enjoy them yourself.