Presidents Day: Facts and Puzzles

Monday is Presidents Day, a day originally created to celebrate the birth of American’s first President George Washington, who won the presidency by a unanimous electoral vote. As you know, puzzles are a great way to learn, relearn, and revisit some things you used to know but have maybe since forgotten. Our presidential puzzles feature paintings and artistry of the great men who have led our country and our beautiful capitol, Washington D.C.

We know that when you puzzle, your brain produces dopamine, a chemical that is responsible for learning and memory. While your work on puzzles, this increase of dopamine helps to sharpen our memory. Connecting an artistic puzzle with some facts for you to learn about our country can only be fun and beneficial!

Presidents of the USA (Floor) by Melissa and Doug. 100 pieces. Want to challenge your brain even more while you puzzle? Try to memorize the presidents in order! Learn about some presidential mnemonic tricks here.


Dowdle – Washington DC by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces. Did you know that there was a dividing controversy about where the national capital should be located? Before DC was selected by Washington himself, Congress met in Philadelphia, New York City, Annapolis, and Princeton.

Gettysburg Address by Buffalo Games. 1000 pieces. Did you know that Lincoln wasn’t actually an abolitionist? To learn more about the more controversial side of Lincoln, go here.

Callin’ the Red by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. The Donkey that represents the Democratic party was appropriated by Jackson when his opponents referred to him as a “jack*ss” for his populist views.


Grand Ol’ Gang by SunsOut. 500 pieces. The same artist who first cartooned the donkey for Dems drew an elephant and labeled it “The Republican vote.” The association stuck and Republicans have had an elephant mascot ever since.

George Washington by Ravensburger. 300 pieces. Presidents Day was shifted from Washington’s real birthday, February 22, to the third Monday in February because of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which moved several holidays to Mondays to increase 3-day weekends for federal employees.


Washington DC 4D Cityscape by 4D Cityscape Inc. 1100+ pieces.

Puzzles for Fitzgerald Aficionados

If you are anything like me, you can’t wait for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby coming out this May, even though historically they have failed. The Great Gatsby has a double charm—it’s an American classic, but it’s also adored by the average reader. It’s going to be a challenge to turn the introspective book into a successful movie, but let’s keep our fingers crossed and our hopes up. Here are some puzzles that I think Fitzgerald might like to do during breaks from writing if he were alive today. Here’s hoping he’ll also like the new take on his novel.

Martini Rossi Vermouth Bianco by Euro Graphics. $15.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 19.25” x 26.5”.

Afternoon Stroll by Clementoni. $15.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size: 26.5″ x 18.75″.

Beautiful Peacock Garden – House Beautiful by New York Puzzle Co. $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

Beary Patch Park by Buffalo Games. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

Spirits of the World by Piatnik. $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.5” x 17.4”

Classics – Sammy’s Playground by Master Pieces. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 14″ x 19″.


And a product that our girl golfer, Jordan Baker, from Gatsby might have liked: some ladies’ golf bridge cards:

Ladies Golf Bridge Set. $16.99. Features two decks of bridge size playing cards and come in sturdy, beautifully made boxes.







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″.



Best of Horse Puzzles

Today I went to the San Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California with my family. It was the first time I had seen horses race, and the first time I had bet money on horses to win. It was fun to pick from the silly names (such as Inner Groove, Magic School, and Political Man) and to spend time with my family cheering the horses on as they burst from the gates.

Horse racing has a long history—it’s been found that it even occurred in ancient Greece, Babylon, Syria, and Egypt. Chariot and mounted horse races were even featured in the ancient Greek Olympics in 648 B.C. Back then it was much less safe, though. Because the ground was so rough and hard, if a rider accidentally fell from the horse, they usually died.

Animal Planet used to have a show called JOCKEYS that told about the lives of those talented riders that race their horses to the finish line. You can now find these episodes online.

For those that love the beauty and grace of these great creatures, we have a selection of horse puzzles. Here are some favorites.


horse jigsaw puzzle

Horse Show by SunsOut. $10.99. 500 Pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

horse shaped jigsaw puzzle

Once Upon A Sky by SunsOut. $17.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size: 24.5″ x 35″.


winter horse puzzle

Winter Trio by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size 26.625″ x 19.25″.

horses jigsaw puzzle

Country Lane Horses by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size 26.625″ x 19.25″.


horses jigsaw puzzle

Four Horses of the Apocolypse by SunsOut. $16.99. 1500 Pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 33″.

snow jigsaw puzzle, horses jigsaw puzzle

Spirit of the Rockies by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″.

child jigsaw puzzle, horse jigsaw puzzle

Hay, Baby by SunsOut. $10.99. 500 Pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

wild horses jigsaw puzzle

A Brand New Hope by SunsOut. $14.99. 1000 Pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 34″.


wild horses jigsaw puzzle

Born to Run by SunsOut. $29.99. 3000 Pieces. Finished size: 42.25″ x 31.2″.

moon jigsaw puzzle, horses jigsaw puzzle

Under the Desert Moon by SunsOut. $10.99. 500 Pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.




Gingerbread Holiday Puzzles

Tomorrow my best friend and I are going to spend a little quality time together for the holidays in lieu of exchanging gifts, and we’re going to make a gingerbread house. Of course, this meant I had to start researching how to make a good gingerbread house.

There are tons of resources on the web for building gingerbread houses:

Directions for simple gingerbread house
Challenge yourself with elaborate gingerbread house design

This is really a great way to spend quality time with family and friends! We also have some really cute gingerbread cookie puzzles for inspiration, and even a great 3D puzzle if you don’t feel like working with tempting treats and sweets! This 3D model of a colorful and magical gingerbread house is a super fun way to build that dream candy house without all the mess! And you can keep it forever!

Gingerbread House 3D Puzzle by Hasbro. $34.99. 441 pieces. Finished size: 12.375″H x 13″ W x 10.25″L.

Christmas Cookies by Springbok. $11.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 20″ x 20″.

Holiday Treats by Springbok. $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 30″.

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett from New York Puzzle Co. $16.99. 36 pieces. Ages: 3+

Heartfelt Christmas (Puzzle/Gift Box 2-in-1) by Lang. $11.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″ with framable 5″ x 7″ print included.

For Santa Only by Sunsout. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.