Monday, October 17, 2005

Puzzle Me This

Puzzles are a great family activity. Since they can be worked on over a period of time and by any number of people, they are a great way for families to interact either as a whole or in smaller groups. Puzzles can also be preserved and maintained as showpieces - no need to tear each one up and return it to the box if you particularly like it.

Previously, the only options were the standard puzzles ... 500-, 1000-, 1500-piece rectangular puzzles that you could find in many stores. Those are the ones most of us grew up on. But now there are options! And so many to choose from!

Some that we have tried in our family are the 3-D puzzles (we've done the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the Washington Monument) and mosaic puzzles (we did one of Civil War photos making up the picture of Abraham Lincoln.) We've also tried a couple of the Mystery puzzles where there is a crime that has to be solved and there is NO picture to let you know what the puzzle looks like! There are also puzzles in the shape of the theme of the puzzle (such as a puzzle of a Golden Retriever in the shape of a Golden Retriever.)

A word of warning though. While many manufacturers will replace any missing pieces (and we've had to do this also!), this is not an activity for the family dog to be involved in. Years ago, we were making a 3000-piece puzzle that stayed on our dining room table for weeks under a vinyl tablecloth for protection. The one type of protection we were not diligent enough in was a quick puppy who got to a dropped piece before we did. So much for being able to frame that work of art!

Are You Game claims to be The Largest Game and Puzzle Store on the Planet. Check them out and see what you think.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done! Puzzles are truly great fun; but also good for the brain. Did you know that people who work puzzles are less likely to have Alzheimer's Disease?

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