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11 Fun Brain Activities for Children

Puzzles and brainteasers are great for helping young brains develop and grow. They teach problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination, sorting, pattern recognition and more! The best part? There are so many different types of puzzles and images on puzzles that they are certain to entertain as much as they educate. While puzzles will help develop reading, math and logic skills – they also provide a feeling of accomplishment and achievement when the puzzle is solved – which is why kid’s love to do them over and over – and might just give them a confidence boost too!

Putting together jigsaw puzzles and other types of puzzle brainteasers can also be a great family or group play activity, along with individual play. But how do you pick a good puzzle for your youngster? Here are few tips from an article in a Young Children periodical.

1. Small knobs for toddlers. Knobs or chunky puzzles help small fingers with coordination and strengthen the grips used for writing. These are the first puzzle children 2-3 year’s old will enjoy putting together over and over.

2. Children like puzzles of things they know, animals, shapes, story scenes and bright colors.

3. Well designed, sturdy pieces that will withstand some wear and tear are a must. Wooden puzzles from Melissa and Doug, for example, make great starter puzzles for younger puzzlers.

4. When they get bored – it just means they need a step up in challenge – find a puzzle with more pieces, without frames, knobs or trays, or with new topics like letters, numbers or anatomy.

Here are 11 Great Kid’s Puzzles and Games for Brain Development

Five progressive puzzles from 2 to 5 pieces. The pieces are larger, thicker and easier to handle, stimulating attention, curiosity and imagination in children 12 months and older.

Getting dressed won't be such a puzzle once zipping, buckling, snapping, lacing and tying, and other dressing skills are mastered. Each skill is contained on a separate, wooden puzzle piece for easy practice. Develop fine motor and life skills with this great activity. For ages 3+.

Hear the sounds of six favorite vehicles when the two wooden cubes are properly placed in the wooden tray! Find the halves that match and hear six different, realistic sounds. Develops visual perception and fine motor skills. For ages 2+

Easy to grasp, thick chunky pieces fit perfectly into a background tray and help teach kids as young as two about life under the sea! For ages 2 and up.

From Acrobatic Alligator all the way to Zigzag Zebra, this colorful wooden alphabet puzzle has beautifully detailed pictures. When the piece is removed, a full color illustration with a matching image helps children find every letter its home. For ages 3 and up.

 

Ideal for travel, this wooden magnetic board includes three interchangeable animal habitat cards, farm, sea and savanna, and 26 magnetic, wooden play pieces for educational and creative play. For ages 3 and up.

Designed for hours of play and ideal for travel, this wooden magnetic board includes 120 colorful geometric magnets. Younger children (3+) will enjoy using the shapes to replicate the 12 geometric pictures included, while older children will enjoy creating mosaic patterns and pictures directly on the magnetic board.

Fun and fact filled card games for kids of all ages! Features great topics like Lost Civilizations, The Human Body, Earth Science, Sports and more! For ages 8 and up.

PlaySmart Digits in a Box Puzzle Game. First, spill the ten digits (0-9) from the box and give them a scramble. Then, place the pieces back in the box so that the lid closes flat. There are over 4000 possible solutions. For ages 6-8.

The incredible inner workings of the human body are beautifully portrayed in this double - sided educational floor puzzle. One side of this 100 - piece cardboard puzzle features the skeletal structure, and the other side shows internal organs and the circulatory system. For ages 8+.

New Black and White Photography Series

Thomas Barbey is a photography artist inspired by travel and everyday life, as well as the surrealism nature of artists such as M.C. Escher and Roger Dean. Barbey creates montages from concept to finish using negative, double exposure and retouching. His entire gallery of work can be seen on his website, Thomas Barbey Gallery.

We are introducing a new line for Puzzle Warehouse, the Barbey Black and White Photo Art Puzzle Series, with much excitement! These beautiful black and white works of art are sure to make an interesting and challenging puzzle experience. See the photos below, or take a look at all the new 1000 piece puzzles in our selection over at our website.

This collection, along with our other new puzzles by Lion Rampant Imports, are sure to be hit for the avid puzzlers.

New Christmas Room!

Last month, we celebrated our 1st anniversary being open to the public, and boy has it been a ride! A year later, we’re facing our second holiday season and are very excited to offer you – our valued customers – more than 12,000 puzzles and games to choose from in our store here in St. Louis and online at PuzzleWarehouse.com.
And Something New: we now have an entire Christmas room full of more than 300 holiday-themed jigsaw puzzles from 10 to 1500 pieces. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Celtic Collection of puzzles contains original and vivid artwork created by Dublin born artist Rachel Arbuckle. This is a stunning interpretation of the classic Christmas song. Purrfect Puzzles are made in The Netherlands to the highest quality, using recycled materials, in a compact ‘Eco Box’. The well-fitting pieces are varied, glare-free, durable and thicker than usual pieces.

2. Christmas Puzzleballs

These 3D puzzles by Ravensburger are a hit every holiday season! Turn this Christmas into a life-long memory by building your very own Puzzleball ornaments! Each Puzzleball has 60 interlocking pieces that come together to form a holiday scene ornament that can be hung on the tree with included nylon string. We have several non-Christmas theme puzzle balls for year-round puzzling fun, too.

3. Puzzles to Remember – Poinsettia & Pine Cones

A holiday favorite, the poinsettia, comes to life as you put together this vivid jigsaw puzzle. The Puzzles to Remember series by Springbok is a fun way to enjoy puzzling while minimizing the time it takes to piece together. These puzzles are the same finished size as standard 500-piece puzzles, but contain only 12 or 36 large pieces, making it much easier to finish. There are more than 10 puzzles in this series.

4. Pintoo’s plastic puzzles

As the only carrier in the USA of these unique puzzles, Puzzle Warehouse is excited to bring you a collection of puzzles that feature long-lasting, interlocking plastic pieces. These puzzles do not require glue after assembled (they can be hung right up) and offer greater flexibility and presentability than traditional jigsaw puzzles. Pintoo offers more than 120 images in puzzles ranging from 40 to 1000 pieces, 3D, and Miniatures!

 

Puzzle of the Day – Music

This week’s puzzle of the day will certainly be a challenge, even if you really like music. Not only is it incapable of singing to you, but it also requires a certain amount of musical knowledge in order to be deciphered. If you don’t know how to read the notes on a musical staff, you can forget about this jigsaw puzzle. Unless, of course, you’re willing to learn new things and you think this will motivate you to expand your knowledge.

Made by Piatnik, the Music jigsaw puzzle has a finished size of 22″x14″ and is everything but easy. Even if we forget for a second that we’re talking about no less than ten hundred pieces, the image itself is tricky. Black and white, with sequences that resemble one another, it can even fool a music teacher and jigsaw puzzle master.

The key to its difficulty lies in its simplicity and, with it, you’re bound to spend dozens of hours trying to assemble the final product. We’ll assume you don’t know much about music and the musical staff is not among your favorite pastimes. In that case, you’ll have to use your imagination to try and fill in the blanks and add a tune to the weird symbols on the image.

Will it be a famous Austrian composition, or a modern one? That all depends on your knowledge and availability to dream and let your imagination flow. The possibilities are endless, and the sky is the limit. You can think of the music puzzle as a blank disc that can play whatever you want, whenever you want. A magical disc, that you can find at Puzzle Warehouse, the largest jigsaw puzzle store in the world.

How to choose a jigsaw puzzle: Finding the perfect theme

When you enter Puzzle Warehouse, you find yourself wondering where to start. Not that we’re not organized, on the contrary. But you should never forget that this is the biggest jigsaw puzzle store in the world. Thousands of puzzles are waiting to be discovered and assembled, and if you want to look at everything there is on the list, it can take a lifetime (we are constantly updating our stock and acquiring new items) until you finally reach the last item.

We spoke in our last post about one of the difficulties encountered when choosing a jigsaw puzzle. We only covered the number of pieces, but there are many other aspects left. What theme should you choose? If there were only ten puzzles in the world, the question wouldn’t have much sense. But this is not the case, and you can certainly find jigsaw puzzles depicting the most insane things.

How do you choose, in that case? Whether it’s a gift for yourself or for someone else, you should ask yourself something simple: does the person you’re buying it for have any passions or hobbies? If they do, the choice becomes a lot easier. You look for a jigsaw puzzle theme that has something to do with that interest. Maybe your niece loves horses, or your father is a die-hard Cardinals fan. This theme strategy can never fail.

If they don’t have any particular passions, or if you don’t know anything about what they like, there is still hope. Go for a theme everybody likes: either a reproduction of a work of art or a beautiful landscape. Or, choose something unique that they haven’t seen before, like the Impossibles. Since you have the choice, this is the best way to make even the toughest crowd like your gift.

Puzzle of the Day: Choppers

Get wild today with this super cool puzzle of the day, while staying perfectly safe at home. If you’re a fan of the motorcycle culture, always liked choppers but never actually rode one, or if you secretly wish to embark on the trip of your life through a beautiful country, during the summer, we have just the puzzle for you.

Choppers is a jigsaw puzzle not only suited to hardcore riders. It can give you the joy and the thrill of a dangerous life without the tattoos, the bar fights, the engine problems and many other negative aspects of the “game”.

Featuring 18 motorcycles, 1000 pieces and a finished size of 19.25 x 26.5 inches, this jigsaw puzzle is made by Eurographics with high quality unbreakable puzzle pieces. Once you assemble it, you will know everything about choppers. Well, not really everything, as it will not turn you into a mechanic, but you will at least be able to recognize a type of chopper when you see one.

If you’re not paying attention to them, you might think they all look alike, and that the only thing differentiating them is the color. But that’s not true. There are different types of choppers, and those that are custom made are not the only ones differentiating themselves from the rest.

There is a lot to say about choppers but, as you already know it, a picture says more than one thousand words. And this specific picture, featuring 18 choppers, says probably more than we will be able to say in 1000 posts. So what are you waiting for? Visit Puzzle Warehouse, get the jigsaw puzzle at an amazing price and start assembling it. You’re in for a long ride.

Motorcycle Jigsaw Puzzles

Four wheels move the body, two wheels touch the soul. Today, let’s take a look at some motorcycle jigsaw puzzles that might catch the eye of motorcycle enthusiasts.

We have a great variety of puzzles to fulfill your two wheel spirit such as “Motorcycle Santa” and “Santa’s Motorcycle” for those who get sentimental around the holidays; “Choppers” for those who have a calm, but adventurous spirit; “Motorcycle Race,” “Motocross” and “Motorcycle Madness” for the adrenaline fanatics.

The Motorcycle Santa puzzle is a 18″ x 24″, 500 pieces puzzle and it might inspire you to be a little more creative during the holidays – you could surprise your family and friends by delivering the presents in a unique way: by motorcycle. If you are both a rider and a passionate about mechanics, we suggest you to try Santa’s Motorcycle, a 24″ x 18″, 275 pieces old school puzzle.

And finally, the best part is yet to come. The adrenaline rush, the most risky situations, as well as the crowded and loud public are the main ingredients at a motorcycle race or a Motocross contest. You can delight yourself with all these goodies by assembling one of our 20 x 27 inches “Crowd Pleasers – Motorcycle Race” 1000 pieces motorcycle jigsaw puzzles.

If you are the type of guy (or gal) who doesn’t settle for less, feel free to try the Motocross (19.25 x 26.5 inches, 1000 pieces, 18 motocross) and Motorcycle Madness puzzles. In the latter, the artist Ernest O. Brown takes us on a historic path, teaching us about the evolution of the motorcycle. And because we pay attention to details, you should know that each bike is named and dated.

Chopper fans…of course, we didn’t forget you. The “Choppers” jigsaw puzzle featuring 18 choppers will bring plenty of joy and fun. It has 1000 pieces and its dimension reaches 19.25 x 26.5 inches. And because we haven’t forgotten about the environment either, this unbreakable puzzle is made from recycled board, image printed on recycled paper, and the ink is vegetable based.