Bigger Than Life

Jigsaw puzzles are always challenging. And even if some are more challenging than others, assembling a jigsaw puzzle has never been an easy task. For those who like big challenges and don’t easily give up, puzzle makers are constantly trying to make it harder, by creating larger and more difficult puzzles. A couple of months ago, the biggest jigsaw puzzle you could find on the market was Life, the Greatest Puzzle, a 24,000-piece marvel.

Educa, the Spanish manufacturer behind this huge puzzle, asked Royce B. McClure to design it. The artist combined images from some of his previous paintings in order to make the puzzle challenging and attractive, and the result took thousands of hours of work. Once you complete it, you can use it to decorate any wall in the house due to its amazing 428 x 157 cm breadth.

Today, Life doesn’t look so big anymore. And that’s because Ravensburger created something bigger than Life: a 32,256 pieces jigsaw puzzle, part of the special series called Keith Harring. The Double Retrospect weighs 57,056 pounds and measures an impressive 544 x 192 cm. Since September 2010, it is the official record holder.

But if you look at the image, you have to appreciate Life more than Double Retrospect. The details on the image look great even on the full scale jigsaw puzzle, not only on the box, and the assembling is a lot more challenging due to the richness of the image and the intricacy of the details. While Double Retrospect looks good enough and is the new biggest jigsaw puzzle, it is an assembly of 32 smaller images, like a filmstrip, rather than one large continuous image.

5000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles For Family Fun

Neuschwanstein Castle, a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Neuschwanstein Castle, a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzleAre you looking for some clean, wholesome fun for the whole family? How about a challenge that you can all work on together? You should take a look at some 5000 piece jigsaw puzzles.

You have probably put together at least one jigsaw puzzle in your life. There are simple ones for young children that just have a few pieces. Some people start small and work up over time to the bigger ones.

A 5000 piece puzzle is a big puzzle. If you decide to take on the challenge, you will need to reserve a big enough workspace for however long it takes to finish. Puzzles of this size are usually 40 inches by 60 inches, or 3.5 feet by 5 feet.

Efficient working would require more space than that so that pieces that aren’t in place yet can be laid around. You will need more than your typical folding card table for a puzzle like this. Visualize family dinners on the card table for a week or two while the dining room table is covered with puzzle pieces.

Efficient strategies are important with such a large puzzle. One can reference a picture of the completed puzzle to get some idea of what general area a given piece might be destined for. If you are considering this as a family project, it would be best to try a smaller puzzle first to see how well that works.

It can be challenging to find a role for smaller children in such a big project. There are helpful roles they can have, but the younger ones are liable to run out of patience before the job is done. There should be some alternative activities for them if the rest of the family is going to be engrossed in working on a giant puzzle for a long time.

A number of different designs are available. Most of them are designed to be visually different in different areas. This makes it easier to have a general idea of where a single piece might belong. Others are made deliberately difficult. Prices for this size tend to run in the $60 to $80 range, though PuzzleWarehouse.com has some great bargains on 5000 piece puzzles.

This is not a project suitable for just any family. There has to be an interest in working together and the ability to do so. A significant investment of time is required, though not everyone has to contribute equally. If it matches your family situation, you might enjoy the challenge presented by 5000 piece jigsaw puzzles.

Taking On The Challenge Of 3000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Butterflies in the Mist, a 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Butterflies in the Mist, a 3000 piece jigsaw puzzleWhat are you doing tonight? Are you going to come home and sit down in front of the television? Maybe you will have some dinner and watch some more television. Eventually you will get tired and go to bed. There may be a better way to spend the evening. 3000 piece jigsaw puzzles can be a nice change from the usual routine.

It will cost very little money for this form of entertainment. A good puzzle will only cost you a few dollars. You can buy them locally. You can shop for them and purchase them online. This way, you will not even have to leave the house to get them.

Pick out the ones that you like and pay for them. Your charge card transaction will be completely safe and secure. Within a few days, they will be delivered to your door. There is no hassle of going shopping and getting ready to go out. You do not have to burn any gasoline. The entire procedure is very convenient.

This is a good way to involve the entire family in an activity. Maybe the weather is not suitable for outdoor activity. Stay in and get out that interesting puzzle. You may have to coax the younger people into joining in. One good way is to challenge them. You might mention that this game is far more challenging than their video games.

There is no one-on-one competition with this game. You can work together on the same challenge. There are few things that allow families to work together, these days.

Of course, you can have one-on-one competition if you like. Buy several puzzles that are similar in piece count. You can set a time limit for each participant or group. For example, after so many hours, the puzzle with the most pieces assembled is the winner. Perhaps the loser has to fix dinner or clean the house. This is a good way to have fun and get household chores done, at the same time.

The Wonders Of 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Country Fabrics, 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Country Fabrics, 1000 piece jigsaw puzzleThere are many sorts of puzzles out there and a common size is the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. While you may find this number to be extreme, there are quite a few puzzle fans out there that love this sort of puzzle. Here are a few reasons as to why they like puzzles with that many pieces.

One of the reasons that people love this sort of puzzle that it keeps them busy for a while. There are some that hate the smaller amount of pieces due to the fact that in a lot of cases, they can do them all too quickly. Why have that when you can save some money and do a puzzle that will take you a bit longer?

Others like a puzzle with this many pieces because they love the challenge. They like how they have to pay detailed attention to the different pieces and so forth. It keeps them on their toes.

Some of the people out there like this sort of challenge as they know what puzzles can do for their mind. The reason behind this is every time you do a puzzle, you work your mind. They just like the challenge of increasing their brain power.

Then, there are those who will tell you that the reason that they like those puzzles is due to the fact that they like to frame them after putting them together. They like the bigger ones because then you can’t see the lines as well when you to frame them. They have more fun putting the puzzle together as well as the fun of gluing it together and getting a frame.

Now, you have a bit of an understanding as to why some love the puzzles that have this many pieces. Some hate them for the fact that there are so many pieces and you are afraid to lose some of them. Others just get too frustrated. Some love them, some hate them. What do you prefer?