Puzzle of the Day – Toy Story 3 Woody

Pixar fans, time to get excited for today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day. Why? Well, we are proud to present you Toy Story 3 – not the movie, of course, but a 300 pieces poster puzzle picturing the only toy sheriff worthy of the name: Sheriff Woody Pride. There’s no “snake in his boot” this time, but you can make him “reach for the sky” by assembling this 19″ x 26.75” poster puzzle.

Little puzzlers will enjoy learning about a few of life’s values having by their side this passionate, committed and altruistic character. If we go back in time a little, to Toy Story and Toy Story 2, we cannot deny that although Woody had been put through a lot (he coordinated a reconnaissance mission, had his arm broken and went through very hard times to save his friends), he still manages to keep that charming smile on his face, teaching us how important optimism and friendship really are.

While Buzz Lightyear was the “cool” character of the series, Woody was the smart one. He was the mastermind behind all the plans and all the other toys listened to him. For a toy role model, he is great and he embodies a set of character traits every child should aim for.

Not to mention that, with the likeness of a sheriff like Woody in the room, your child will be delighted. And If you want to make him even happier, you can also get Woody’s faithful companion, Buzz Lightyear to come to the rescue.

The Rolling Stones – Jigsaw Puzzle

Is there anyone who has never heard of the Rolling Stones? This rock band has existed since the 60’s, has produced some of the best songs of the century and is still somewhat active today. Mick Jagger’s voice and lyrics inspired millions of people and continues to do so throughout the world.

What’s the connection between the Rolling Stones and a jigsaw puzzle, one might ask? Or is there such a connection? Of course there is! The band has a song named Jigsaw puzzle, from their 1968 album, Beggars Banquet.; and a really good song, to be honest with you, from a really good album.

Jigsaw Puzzle shares the album with a huge hit, Sympathy for the Devil, and another well-known song, Street Fighting Man. Although Jigsaw Puzzle never knew the success of the other two, it is considered by many to be a great song, similar to the work of Bob Dylan, especially due to the nature of the lyrics.

Mick Jagger is the one responsible for those, and he managed to depict some amazing stories, even though the interpretations concerning the meaning of the lyrics are anything but convergent.

We can say that the song is about someone trying to “do his simple thing” in a world full of madness and chaos. A man is just trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle, while everyone around him seems to be out of time and out of place, and he finds it hard to concentrate with everything that’s going on around. An attempt to live a simple life and to find one’s way in this world, without being corrupted by society. But that’s just one version of the meaning, and you might find another one while you listen to it. Especially if you listen while assembling a puzzle for yourself from our enormous collection.

Puzzle Warehouse does not have an actual Rolling Stones jigsaw puzzle in stock at the writing of this article, but if you think we should, please leave a comment! We are always happy to listen to your suggestions.

Puzzle of the Day – Happy New Year!

Are you tired of the same Happy New Year wishes over and over again? If you think about changing something this year, you could do the wishing with today’s vibrant puzzle of the day. Designed by Jabo for Heye, this 2000 pieces New Year themed jigsaw puzzle will blow you away.

The details on it are beautifully crafted, and the image is full of symbols, from the traditional champagne bottle to the New Year’s Eve fireworks and the social gatherings. This puzzle itself is a motive for celebration and when the lights go out, you will discover that the image glows in the dark, wishing you a shiny Happy New Year.

New Year’s Eve is one of the most social celebrations in the world. While Christmas and other religious holidays are usually celebrated with the family, around a traditional dinner, New Year’s Eve is mostly known as a party holiday. All over the world, people get together, dance, drink and watch fireworks. And while champagne is probably the alcoholic beverage most people associate with the New Year’s Eve, this unusual day has become in certain places a joyful, noisy and bacchic celebration day.

A time for gastronomic abuses, New Year’s Eve is also a time for drawing a line and making resolutions. It marks the end of a year and the beginning of a new one, the perfect occasion to look back on one’s achievements and set new goals for the future.

The Happy New Year jigsaw puzzle, with its 26.8″ X 37.8″ is there to remind you of all that and to contribute to the celebration of that very special moment.

Putting the Jigsaw in Jigsaw Puzzles

The puzzle and the saw are not exactly the most appropriate word association out there. The puzzle, an object for the mind, and the jigsaw, a raw cutting tool used with the body, make an unusual pair. Did you ever wonder where jigsaw puzzles got their name?

You could hardly imagine anyone cutting a cardboard puzzle, today, with a jigsaw. And yet, that was the only way to do it back in the days. Puzzles were not made out of cardboard but out of wood, and designing a puzzle was a lot more complicated and time consuming than it is today.

A picture was painted on a flat and rectangular piece of wood. It was manually painted, of course, so there weren’t really any mass production techniques available. In order to transform that piece of wood into a puzzle, it had to be cut into small pieces with a jigsaw. The cutting technique was crucial, and the final result depended on it.

While most of today’s jigsaw puzzles are made of cardboard, this traditional puzzle making method still exists, hence the name. Wooden puzzles are a lot more expensive than cardboard puzzles, but the technology developments enabled laser-cutting of the wooden jigsaw puzzles, instead of the expensive and uncertain traditional method.

Of course, there are still people out there that do everything by hand, from the painting to the cutting, but the unique puzzles they design have corresponding prices and have become collector’s items. So if you want to purchase a unique item, you have to seek one of these jigsaw puzzle makers. Peaceful Wooden is one example that you can find right here at Puzzle Warehouse.

Puzzle of the Day – The Solar System

Passionate little astronomers from all over the world, we have great news for you. Our jigsaw puzzle of the day this week is both fun and educational: it’s the solar system (8 puzzleballs) puzzle. Piece together each planet, then lay them out on their base stands across the matching solar system map or hang them up as a mobile with the fishing line included.

The solar system consists of the sun and the eight planets, which are bound to it by gravity. It was formed approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The smaller inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are also called the terrestrial planets because they are made primarily of solid materials. The outer planets are larger, with Jupiter and Saturn made of gases and Uranus and Neptune of ice.

The Solar System Puzzleballs are a fantastic way to learn and practice facts about the solar system. Put them together with your middle-schooler while quizzing them on facts about each planet, then work together on the mobile or race to see who can arrange them in the correct order fastest. You may even learn something yourself, while you’re at it!

Jigsaw Puzzle Assembling Tips

While assembling a jigsaw puzzle is usually enjoyable, sometimes you just feel like throwing everything away and giving up. Nobody said it was going to be easy and the more pieces you have, or the more complicated the image, the harder it will be to complete. There are, however, a few puzzle assembling tips you should be aware of before beginning that should make your life easier.

Most of the people choose to start assembling with the border and there’s a very good reason for that. The edge pieces are easier to distinguish and thus easier to assemble than the rest. Plus, they give you a very good starting point.

The next step, after you’ve finished with the border, is to try and group the remaining pieces into piles of the same color. The thing here is to try and separate some areas on the image that are distinct and easier to assemble and to group the pieces accordingly. If the jigsaw puzzle you’re working on is an animal head, for example, the eyes are a very good example of such an area. Once you’re done with the eyes, you can assemble the ears, the nose, and go on from there.

The hardest thing to do is to arrange the similar looking pieces. You can be left with some that are almost indistinguishable by color and you have to sort them by shapes. Even then, the last piece might not fit into the remaining hole. That can happen, as some of the pieces are very similar in shape and some are almost identical. Do not force them into their holes, but try to switch the pieces instead, until you find the right fit.

Always remember, the important thing is to have fun. Do you have any puzzle assembling tips of your own? If so, please share them in the comments!

Puzzle of the Day – Egyptian Pyramid

For those of you who are passionate about history and archeology, this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day should get your attention. This 3D puzzle measures 8 by 8 inches at the base, and consists of 80 pieces, specially shaped to fit together into a pyramid shape. Each side features images representing four Egyptian Pharaohs, such as King Tut, Khufu, Cleopatra and Nefertiti.

The Egyptian Pyramids were ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures built as tombs for Egypt’s Pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. The pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest of all Egyptian pyramids and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

The pyramid builders were not slaves or foreigners as some people might think. Some of the builders were permanent employees of the pharaoh. Others were conscripted for a limited time from local villages. As a reward they were given tax breaks, shelter, food and clothing.

The 3D Egyptian Pyramid puzzle by Master Pieces will not require too much manual labor to complete, and you probably won’t get a tax break for it, but it certainly is a challenge. When it is finished, you may even want to keep it assembled as a desk ornament and a trophy of your puzzle superiority.