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″.

Holiday Gift Ideas: For Ages 10+

Do you have a child in your family or circle that you have to buy a gift for, but you don’t know exactly what to get? It can be difficult to think of a present for someone if they seem to already have everything, but a puzzle can be a unique gift that challenges their brain as well!

We will do a series of some of our top puzzles for several age groups as we get closer to the holiday season. Today we showcase some of our best puzzles for kids aged 10+.

 

Disney Portrait Series – Snow White by MEGA Puzzles. $12.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 13″ x 19″.

Disney Poster Puzzle – Toy Story Tunes by MEGA Puzzles. $6.99. 300 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 26.75″.

Curious Lila by Sunsout. $9.99. 300 pieces. Finished size 15″ x 29″.

Merlin and Arthur by Cobble Hill. $14.99. 400 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″.

Tea With Grandpa by Cobble Hill. $14.99. 275 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″.

Beatrix Potter – Peter Rabbit Character Vignettes by New York Puzzle Co. $16.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″

Puzzle Pyramid: Essence of Egypt by Ravensburger. $23.99. 216 pieces. Compete size is 6.5″ x 6.5″

3D Puzzle – Eiffel Tower by Daron Worldwide Trading. $9.99. 37 pieces. Finished size: 9″ x 6.6″ x 20.5″.

Holiday Puzzle Series #3: Cardinals in Winter

Wondering why the cardinal makes such a big appearance in our snowy winter puzzles? Well, the cardinal is a bird that doesn’t migrate and doesn’t molt during the winter; it keeps those bright red attention-drawing feathers all year long, making them stand out especially against the white backdrop. Some say the cardinal’s coloring and conspicuousness makes it the bird most responsible for getting people into bird watching, being the first bird that strikes them to open up the bird field guide.

For some symbolic meanings of the cardinal, visit The Cardinal Experience. Cardinals are special birds—they can symbolize a myriad of things, from vitality, faith and power to cycles of life, death, and renewal!

Christmas Red by Sunsout. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 35″.

Twilight Trio by Springbok. $11.99. 500 Pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″.

Cardinals Rustic Retreat by Sunsout. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 13” x 19”.

Winter Cardinal by Buffalo Games. $10.99. 500 pieces.

 

The Seasons by Sunsout. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 34″.


Origin of Christmas Trees

It’s the time of year for that fresh pine smell to cozy up your living room! If you are a family that decorates a tree, you might also enjoy these puzzles that feature big, bright, and beautiful Christmas Trees!

Do you know the origin of the Christmas tree?

The modern fir Christmas tree actually originated from Germany nearly 1,000 years ago. It’s said that St. Boniface, the one credited with bringing Christianity to Germany, came across a group of pagans that were worshipping an oak tree, and, angrily, St. Boniface struck down the oak tree only for a fir tree to spring up from the roots of the oak tree! From there, St. Boniface took the fir tree as a sign of Christianity, though it wasn’t until the 16th century that trees were brought in the house to be decorated for the Christmas tradition. This tradition is said to have started with Martin Luther, who found a snow-speckled tree so beautiful that he took it inside to light candles in honor of Jesus’s birth.

Christmas Cottage by Sunsout from artist Nicky Boehme. $10.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18” x 24”.

 

Christmas Eve by Springbok from artist Nicky Boehme. $11.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18” x 23.5”.

 

You Better Be Good by Sunsout from artist Nicky Boehme. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 18” x 24”.

 

A Joyful Celebration by Sunsout from artist Nicky Boehme. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

 

Trimming the Tree by Cobble Hill. $15.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″.

Yuletide Ride by Springbok. $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 24” x 30”.

 

Cozy Christmas by Sunsout from artist Higgins Bond. $17.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26″ x 34.75”.