I’m still obsessing over our fall puzzles, and we’re halfway to winter. Farm puzzles aren’t usually one of my personal favorite themes, but with the bright orange and yellow trees and blazing sunrises and sunsets, I’m tempted to buy up some of these SunsOut and Master Pieces puzzles. “Vermont Maple” looks like it’d be quite a challenge to sort out all those pieces for the trees, but I think it tops my list as one of the most beautiful puzzles we carry.
All puzzles are good to do with a friend, some are just easier! The new puzzles offered by PSI are round-table puzzles, or four-fronts puzzles. That just means when everyone sits around the table, they’re going to have a part of the puzzle that is facing them—not upside down, or at another weird angle—making them perfect for throwing a puzzle party or for having it out on Thanksgiving or during the holiday season! If you’re looking for a good family-based, easygoing activity, this is the perfect idea.
James Lee is a talented painter of three-dimension looking portraits of the Southwest. Born and raised in South Korea, he attended the University of South Korea at Seoul for six years before moving to California in 1981 where he opened up an art gallery. In 1994 he moved to Arizona, became a muralist, and opened another gallery named “Carol’s Art Gallery” after his wife, Carol Kim Lee.
Lee believes he is blessed with the talent he’s been given because he thinks that “one is “born with artfulness.”
Fall in love with some of James Lee’s beautiful puzzles of nature at its finest.
We recently stumbled across this great article about parents roles in their children’s development: how parents keying in to their progress in school during this crucial time is “a determining factor in [the child’s] success as an adult.” They stress the importance of actively aiding a child’s progress:
“Parents … should also take the time to learn what’s being covered under the lesson plan and what’s up next on the curricular agenda. Make a point of working on those skills at home, too … Remember, education and learning don’t stop the minute your child walks out the door of her preschool or child development center.”
Keep your kids’ brains active with playful learning games and toys with foundational skills. Melissa and Doug offers great supplements for providing educational fun in the home.
Block play is a great foundational skill for stacking, counting, and sorting.
Plugging in shapes is great for hand-eye-coordination skills.
Whether they are building predetermined patterns or exploring with shapes, they will learn about space
Thursday was Halloween. A lot of people woke up Friday morning with snow on their minds and jingling carols in their ears, ready to bundle up next to the fire and wait for Santa. Stores have pulled out their wreaths and advent calendars, but everyone is forgetting something!
We aren’t skipping over this holiday. What’s better than dinner at 2 pm followed by dessert and naps—plus quality time with your loved ones over a long weekend?
A puzzle is the perfect activity for all the people that have been shooed by the cooks from the kitchen for having grabby fingers with the food. They can turn those busy hands to something productive by putting together some of these turkey-day themed jigsaws!
At Puzzle Warehouse, we’ve long advocated the use of jigsaw puzzles as a way to spend time with family members and friends affected by dementia. Not only do puzzles stimulate cognitive thinking and memory thought processes, but they are a relaxing way to start a conversation or simply enjoy time together with a loved one.
On October 31st, the White House released a statement discussing Alzheimer’s and how it affects millions of Americans every day.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disease that slowly erodes precious memories, thinking skills, and the ability to perform simple tasks. It affects millions of Americans, including senior citizens as well as younger Americans with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. This month, we stand with everyone confronting the painful reality of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; lend our support to the families who care for them; and renew our commitment to delaying, preventing, and ultimately curing this disease.”
–Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation declaring November the official Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
In honor of the theme, we’ve compiled some of the best large piece jigsaw puzzles that are great for aging hands and eyes. Several of the puzzles featured here are actually part of the Puzzles to Remember and Puzzle With Me catalogs, both specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s.
We at Puzzle Warehouse love all of our puzzles and recommend them highly—but don’t take our word for it! Many of you have submitted reviews on puzzles that are helpful to the other customers and give them a good idea of what to expect once they open the box. Whether some are surprised the picture is so vibrant or pleased that the pieces were so sturdy, people have a lot of good things to say about a lot of fun puzzles. Here are 5 random puzzles and their reviews from our Popular Puzzles section. We love reading your thoughts on puzzles—keep them coming!
“Beautiful pictures and nice large pieces.” —Cathy, 5 star review
“I wasn’t prepared for the size of the puzzle and wish I would have added a leaf to the table! But it’s a great puzzle and well done. We are having fun working it.” —Sarah, 5 star review
“Great puzzle idea. Entertained family members (all ages) for hours.” —Gail, 5 star review
“I really like the puzzle. The pieces are high quality and I also like that the pieces are larger than usual.” —Martha, 5 star review
“A little harder to do than some but that made it even better. I loved it.” —Jackie, 5 star review
“Was a VERY fun puzzle, actually wrote that on the box before I passed it on to my daughter.” —Suanne, 5 star review
“Beautiful puzzle, nice quality and color. So much fun to do.” —Wendie, 5 star review
“The pieces are large and easy to handle; the multi-pictures with borders make it easy for someone who loves puzzles but has difficulty discerning between pieces in large stretches of single colors. Excellent!” —Susan, 5 star review