Monthly Archives: February 2013

End of Life Puzzles Means Deals for You!

While we have new releases all year long for all the puzzle fanatics out there, the first few months of each year are by far the busiest! Puzzle Warehouse has a huge influx of new items because manufacturers have just come out with 2013 catalogs, and boy are those fun to browse!

With this new offering of puzzles, there’s also a downside. Some puzzles have to stop being made so that new ones can live! These are End of Life puzzles, also called retired or discontinued, but basically puzzles that aren’t going to be re-stocked because the manufacturer is no longer producing them.

However, there is some good news in it for you, the puzzle aficionado: we have a ton of sales!

So, this is it – your last chance for these sweet puzzles.  After we sell out, you will have to scour eBay to get your hands on one. Here’s our favorite end-of-lifers that are on sale for less than $20 – a bunch of lovely puzzles that you might want to snatch up quick — before it’s too late!*

*Left in stock totals below are as of Feb. 22, 2013. We cannot guarantee that they are still available after this post is published, but will make every effort to update the blog if any sell out.

african puzzles, zebra, cheetah

African Artifacts by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces. 15 left in stock. Sale price: $15.30

magical puzzles, fairies

Midsummer’s Eve by Ravensburger. 500 pieces. 14 left in stock. Sale price: $11.70.

 

coffe puzzles, mocha puzzles, coffee beans, drinks, espresso, beverage puzzles

Coffee Ingredients by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces. 29 left in stock. Sale price: $15.30.

folk art puzzles

Tourist Town by SunsOut. 500 pieces. 6 left in stock. Sale price: $9.90

folk art puzzles, neighborhoods, colorful puzzles, cheap puzzles

Ferry Crossing by SunsOut. 300 pieces. 13 left in stock. Sale price: $9.00.

hummingbirds, nature puzzles, springtime puzzles

15 Hummingbirds by SunsOut. 1500 pieces. 12 left in stock. Sale price: $15.30.

tractor puzzles, john deere, mosaic puzzles, challenging puzzles

John Deere – Tractor Mosaic by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces. 21 left in stock. Sale price: $14.40.

farm puzzles, peaceful, nature, scenery, autumn puzzles

Farm Country by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces. 10 left in stock. Sale price: $13.50.

humphrey bogart, famous people puzzles, hollywood legends

Humphrey Bogart by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. 9 left in stock. Sale price: $10.99.

Teaching Your Kids With Jigsaws: Geography

Doing jigsaw puzzles with your children is a great experience for bonding and teaching. Aside from having a lot of fun play time with colorful pieces, the satisfaction of completing or solving a puzzle is great for motivation and confidence. Here are other great things about teaching with puzzles:

  • Increases your youngster’s knowledge about the world
  • Helps develop his or her spatial awareness
  • Teaches valuable skills in hand-eye coordination and physical dexterity

Additionally, doing jigsaw puzzles helps develop skills in your children that they will also use for reading, math, and logic because all of these things share a theme of patterning. The brain looks for patterning in the world, and jigsaws are a perfect example of patterns!

These dynamic globe puzzle supports 3D comprehension. The unique bright colors and animals ensure a thrilling challenge. Display the puzzle with stand and refer back to it as you teach your kids about other topics like the Great Pyramids or the oceans! (Ages: 4+)

Learning Geography

You can encourage learning development through these jigsaws. Bright colors and familiar images and scenes are a favorite for children, things that promote talking and questions. Your child will undoubtedly recognize some of the features of these maps, or you can start explaining to your child where we live in the context of the greater space.

Tip: If your child seems tired of puzzling, take a break!

Make puzzles a fun experience for your family that mixes entertainment, learning and special time together.

U.S.A. Map Puzzle by Melissa and Doug

50 states kids puzzle, american jigsaw, patriotic

Teach your kids about north, west, east, and south—have fun helping them tell you how two states are related. Think of asking questions like, “What state is northeast of Texas? What states are farthest west?” See if your kids already know some things about these states, such as the iconic Hollywood sign or Statue of Liberty.

Flags of the World by White Mountain

flag puzzles, countries, world jigsaws

For those families with older children and teens, do the Flags of the World jigsaw as a family activity. You can make it fun by seeing who can recognize the most flags, or maybe make it an extended activity by randomly selecting some countries and then cooking a choice meal from there! Get creative and have fun!

  US History by GeoPuzzle

american history jigsaw puzzle, united states puzzles

Mix geography and history with this jigsaw. The United States doesn’t quite look like it did around 1776. Show your kids how the country has grown, changed, and expanded from the original 13 colonies to the Oregon Territory with this changeable jigsaw puzzle that has two maps of the USA from 1810 and today. (Ages 4+)

  Animals! by GeoPuzzle

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Kids love animals, so what better way to teach them about continents and countries than by connecting them with pictures of these adorable animals, such as pandas, kangaroos, and polar bears? Go beyond the puzzle. Look things up in dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the Internet to find new pictures of animals that your children can add to the puzzle once they’re finished to keep the learning experience thriving! (Ages 4+)

Brand New Puzzles from Heye

A personal favorite of mine, Heye is a high-end jigsaw puzzle brand that brings to the table some of the most magnificent artwork puzzles I’ve seen since working for Puzzle Warehouse. Excited to share these new collections – make sure to browse the whole thing, there are all sorts of different themes in here. From fantasy to nature to cartoon chaos, Heye has the most unique images of all the puzzle brands, in my opinion…. so Happy Puzzling! – Ashley

2013-heye-puzzle-collage

Click in the photo to be taken to our entire collection of new 2013 jigsaw puzzles from Heye.

Black History Month Part II: Black Art Puzzles

Got Lemons? Make Lemonade by Annie Lee from SunsOut. 500 pieces. 15″ x 29″.

We have a small but lovely selection of African American Art at Puzzle Warehouse, and here we show case some of those puzzles by Black artists Annie Lee (see earlier artist profile), Keith Mallett  and some art in the Tingatinga style.

Keith Mallett attended Hunter College in NY and worked as the in-house artist for Frontline Art Publishers. In 1997, 50 years after Jackie Robinson made his breakthrough into Major League Baseball, Mallett was asked to design the official limited edition print to commemorate the occasion. Mallett is a great artist that we can showcase for Black History month as his art has been instrumental in some movements to celebrate African American experiences — for instance, he also created the art for the first book about African American experiences in the Chicken Soup series.

Tingatinga art was established by Edward Tingatinga in 1968. It is now the name of art and handicrafts produced in the Tinga Tinga Cooperative in Tanzania. These paintings are characterized by their bright colors painted in enamel and highly decorative patterns. They also commonly feature images of animals. Made popular by Disney television, the vivid art style is a wonderful way to appreciate African culture.

Without further ado, enjoy some the best loved puzzles from this theme:

Baptism by Annie Lee from SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 20″ x 27″.

family tree puzzle

Tree of Life by Keith Mallett from SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 20″ x 27″.

duke ellington puzzles, jazz, apollo club

Apollo Fantasy by Keith Mallett from SunsOut. 500 pieces. 13″ x 19″.

african american puzzles

Sisters of the Sun by Keith Mallett from SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 19″ x 30″.

tinga tinga art, crane puzzles, birds

Cranes by Tinga Tinga from Heye. 1000 pieces. 19″ x 27″.

Storks by Tinga Tinga from Heye. 1000 pieces. 13″ x 37″.

elephant puzzles, africa puzzles

Elephant Family by Tinga Tinga from Heye. 1000 pieces. 19″ x 27″.

New Releases: 2013 Master Pieces Jigsaw Puzzles

At the beginning of every year, each puzzle manufacturer releases anywhere from a handful to hundreds of new jigsaw puzzle designs and we’ve been busy busy working away adding them to our collection on our website and in our retail stores. You can see all of our new releases in one place right here, but I wanted to share some particularly fun ones with you today from Master Pieces.

Master Pieces does most of their puzzles in series, so if you like one puzzle from them, chances are there are a few others that are very similar from the same artist or with the same type of artwork. That makes it super fun because it’s something to look forward to when you finish one that was really fun.

Candy Brands & Colorize!  –  1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles
(click slide to be taken to puzzle listing)

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.

February: Black History Month Jigsaw Puzzles

Activist Martin Luther King Jr., abolitionist Union spy Harriet Tubman, the first black MLB player Jackie Robinson, and abolitionist social reformer Frederick Douglass all appear in the 500pc puzzle.

Today, we wanted to share with you a few of our more specific Black History Jigsaw Puzzles. We’ve talked a lot in the past about how puzzles are a great learning tool and as always, really good for brain development in general. It’s also awesome how they can play a role in the cultural development and teaching, remembering or just enjoying some of the most historical moments and figures of our time. What makes puzzles even better? Most will last a lifetime, being put together and taken back apart over and over for new friends and new family to enjoy again and again.

What is Black History Month? It all began in the early 1900’s when when Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland created an associations in order to raised awareness of the role that black people played in the shaping of America and the world—a role that had often been ignored or downplayed. Woodson also hoped that there would be a sense of pride instilled in the black community while he taught about their cultural background and heritage. In 1920, he helped a fraternity Omega Psi Phi create “Negro History Week” that took place during the month of February as a way to celebrate the birth of two men who helped carve out the future of Black Americans – Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.

The Civil War lasted 4 years from 1861 to 1865. Marking 150 years later is this commemorative puzzle.

The intent of this month – and other history months like Women’s History Month and LGBT History Month – of course, is to raise awareness, spread educations and, perhaps above all, take a moment to recognize the incredible journey and challenges that minorities have overcome in this country (and others!). To learn more about black history, go here.

And here’s a great list of Black History Little Known Facts. Did you know that “Due to his acclaimed “Banana Boat” song, most people assume Harry Belafonte was born in the Caribbean; in fact, the internationally renowned entertainment icon and human rights activist was born in Harlem, New York.”

Coming up next week: Black Artist Jigsaw Puzzles… a look at some of the best works of art – and most popular puzzle images around – from well-known Black artists.

And of course, how could we not mention two of the most influential black people in music and popular culture? Happy puzzling everyone!

Bob Marley is credited with spreading Rastafarian and Jamaican music to a worldwide audience.

Michael Jackson has earned a place in musical history that not many have achieved, with several chart-topping songs and major influence in today’s pop music as well.