Best of: Photography Puzzles

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, and it certainly feels that way when you have 1000 jigsaw puzzle pieces before you as you begin to recreate crisp and beautiful images of faraway vacation places, amazing animals, and stunning landmarks!

Here’s some of the best, brightest, and most colorful photography-themed jigsaw puzzles we have. They’re just perfect for gluing and framing!

marina jigsaw puzzle, boats, photography

Colorful Marina – 500 pieces – Ravensburger

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In Venice – 500 pieces – Ravensburger

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Restaurant in St. Martin – 1000 pieces – Lafayette Puzzle Factory

Dancing Waters – 1000 pieces – Master Pieces

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Grand Canyon South Rim – 500 pieces – Master Pieces

landmarks jigsaw puzzles

Prague Clock – 1000 pieces – D-Toys

Peles Castle – 1000 pieces – D-Toys

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Canyon Oasis – 500 pieces – Springbok

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Lighthouse La Jument – 1000 pieces – Heye

Rising Storm – 1000 pieces – Heye

Barn Owl – 1000 pieces – Heye

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White Shark – 1000 pieces – Heye

Herd of Elephants – 2000 pieces – Heye

jungle animals jigsaw puzzles

Leopard – 1000 pieces – Heye

New 2015 Kid’s Puzzles

A new year has arrived and that means we’re stocking our shelves with all the newest puzzles! To keep your kids engaged, having fun, and working out their brain, jigsaw puzzles are a great pastime. With tons of themes and sizes, you can find something every kid of every age will love.

The following puzzles, from popular brands such as Ravensburger, Heye, and New York Puzzle Co., all have 100 pieces or fewer and are perfect for kids ages 6 and under.

fairy jigsaw puzzle

Candytuft Fairy – 100 pieces. New York Puzzle Co. For ages 5 and up.

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Peter Rabbit and Family – 48 pieces. New York Puzzle Co. For ages 3 and up.

educational jigsaw puzzles for kids

Vehicle Fun – 11 pieces. Melissa and Doug. For ages 2 and up.

tinga tinga artwork jigsaw puzzle

Giraffe – 75 pieces. Heye. For ages 4 and up.

Window – 75 pieces. Heye. For ages 4 and up.

Monster Buddies – 60 pieces. Ravensburger. For ages 4 and up.

Outer Space – 60 pieces. Ravensburger. For ages 4 and up.

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Princess and Unicorn – 100 pieces. Ravensburger. For ages 6 and up.

Cats Around the World – 100 pieces. Dowdle Folk Art. For ages 6 and up.

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Spongebob (Lenticular Puzzle) – 100 pieces. Cardinal. For ages 6 and up.

New Jigsaw Puzzles Released!

We recently got in a batch of several fun, new series of jigsaw puzzles!

For folk artist fans, you’ll love the new Art of Anthony Kleem series! With six new puzzles from Karmin, all at 550 pieces, folks will have fun putting together the whole series, which features great folk art themes such as the mountains, the beach, and hot air balloons.

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Battlecreek Balloonfest by Karmin. 550 pieces. Artwork by Anthony Kleem.

New series now feature captions that feature a list of all the other puzzles in the series by name, so they’re extra easy to find! You’ll find the list with hyperlinks that will take you directly to the new puzzle underneath the caption and before the information in the details. It will look like this:

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For those that are a fan of vintage Americana jigsaw puzzles, especially ones that feature old advertisements, look no further than the Kellogg’s series, which includes collages of retro Kellogg’s characters and the box art of Snap, Crackle, and Pop from Rice Krispies cereal! With tons of detail and color and a dash of nostalgia, these are some great puzzles to do to bring back some memories!

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Retro Cereal Boxes by Karmin. 1000 pieces.

If vintage and Americana artwork aren’t your thing, the contemporary photography art of Terry Border might be right up your alley! Border makes humorous scenes using everyday objects to tell tiny stories. In one, an ice-cube-person lifts weights (made out of a toothpick and Lifesaver gummies!) while staring longingly at a poster of the Titanic that says, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” His photographs will be sure to amuse young and old puzzlers alike!

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Zombies are Nuts About Brains by Karmin. 500 pieces. Artwork by Terry Border.

Halloween Goodies and Treats

Halloween is coming up, meaning snacking on sweet and yummy treats is coming up! If you need some inspiration on delicious desserts to create with a Halloween twist, look no further! Between our puzzles and our research for easy-to-make treats, we’ll give you a few of the best ideas of what to serve to your family and friends for this spooky holiday!

Halloween Treats by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

Halloween Treats (Mini) by Eurographics. 100 pieces.

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Halloween Cupcakes by Vermont Christmas Company. 1000 pieces.

The best Halloween treats require little prep but lots of fun! These Marshmallow witches require no cooking, just building!

For a mix of healthy (fruit) and sweet (white chocolate), look no further than the Ghost Strawberries!

For something a little more elaborate, try baking the Gingerdead Men cookies!

All Aboard! May 10th is National Train Day

It’s National Train Day! For the 7th year in a row, train enthusiasts and supporters will be celebrating trains all over the country, with an event held at the St. Louis Station today where there will be live entertainment as guests explore trains, sleeping cars, and try foods that were at the 1904 World Fair. What better way to celebrate after the festivities than with beautiful art of a train in the form of a puzzle?

We may think that trains don’t hold as much significance in our lives now that so many people have personal cars and that planes dominate the skies to take us from place to place, but we would be wrong! Train ridership has grown 55% since 1997, meaning that it’s the fastest growing travel mode.

So today we’re going to pick some of our favorites train jigsaw puzzles, share them with you, and let you know some great facts we’ve learned about locomotives for National Train Day.

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Golden Age of Railroads from White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

You might say that it’s the golden age of trains… because for every plane ride between the major cities of New York City and Washington DC, there are three times as many train rides.

Durango Express from Springbok. 500 pieces.

Amtrak carries 31.6 million people every year… and Amtrak just has passenger cars. That doesn’t add up all the trains that run every day to deliver goods to communities in a timely, efficient manner!

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Alaska Memories from SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Trains are also more environmentally friendly, keeping the world bright and beautiful. For every passenger that rides, Amtrak trains are 16% more efficient than planes and 34% more efficient than cars.

The Coming of the Iron Horse from SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Trains bring us close to nature! Amtrak delivers people to 237 National Parks, historic sites, and monuments, meaning people can pack their hiking gear and leave the car keys at home.

All Aboard! from White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

With so many trains and stations to operate, Amtrak creates a lot of jobs for local communities. In fact, it employs more than 20,000 people across the nation, which is roughly equivalent to every single student at New York University.

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Lionel Series 1935 from SunsOut. 300 pieces.

There are many types of trains. There’s Maglev trains, monorail trains, suspended monorail trains, bullet, commuter, and super trains, and they each have their strengths. For instance, the Maglev is the fastest land-based transport. It has no wheels and hovers only on magnets, and it can whiz past on those tracks at speeds of about 323 miles per hour (430 kilometers per hour).

History of Trains from Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

The invention of trains came over a hundred years ago in 1804. A man named Richard Trevithick invented the first steam powered train. It’s first run included over ten loads of material, with about 70 people and some wagon and iron materials. It wasn’t very fast–it took over two hours to travel nine miles–but it was blazing in comparison to riding a wagon.

Lunchtime from SunsOut. 550 pieces.

It wasn’t until 1925 that there came a company that was dedicated from transporting people across the country in the steam powered machine. This was around the time of the Ford Model T, when cars could travel about 40-45 mph tops. Trains at this time only went 9 mph, but they could carry hundreds of passengers at a once and, just like today, riding a train has advantages for traveling long distances with beautiful scenery and more comfortable seats.

In fact, some people love riding trains so much it’s not even about getting somewhere. Recently Amtrak announced it would be offering free residencies for up to 24 writers, who love the calm, serene rides so much and find them to be a good place for productivity. But forget the destination, because this is about the journey. Writers will travel roundtrip, but only to enjoy the ride and get writing done in their sleeper cabin.