I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published September 14th 2013
Build a Puzzle, to see the bigger picture
People have all sorts of hobbies, collect rare and odd items, pass their time in all kinds of creative ways which is sometimes awe-inspiring. Puzzles are one such item that can be a hobby, once completed, it can be saved and collected and is an excellent way of passing time. During these School Holidays, it would be a good idea to explore the activities around town, but children need an activity for the rainy days too. Why not try to dust off the old puzzle box sitting somewhere in the toy chest and bring it to life.
Children can stay busy for long periods of time building puzzles.
2D puzzles have been around forever. These come in all shapes and sizes and for different age groups. I encouraged my toddlers to play with puzzles when they were only a year old. As the children get older, the number of pieces has been steadily increasing, till recently, we build a 1000-piece puzzle, of course not in one day. It was surely a test of our patience and cooperation with each other, but in the end we were proud of our achievement.
1000 piece puzzle
Remember, complex puzzles will need a lot of space to put together, so start in a place large enough and that is not commonly used to preserve your continuous work. Place it on a large cardboard, in case you need to transport it from one place to another. 2D puzzles can be preserved by using Puzzle Glue, which holds the pieces together and dries clear. I have seen people using these as place mats, in frames in the children's bedrooms, and I am sure other uses can be found for them.
Spherical 3D puzzle Fun to Build, Can be displayed decoratively
3D puzzles have been around for a decade or a bit more, but recently, the phenomenon has become more common due to many factors: affordability, variety of designs, easy to put together, can be used for decorative purposes. 3D puzzles can be made of plastic, wood, magnet, plastic foam.
3D Puzzle of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
3D Puzzle of Sydney Opera House
The only drawback in my opinion is that if storage space is an issue in your home, 3D puzzles can take up a lot of space. Also, the more complex 3D puzzles which are built into shapes of famous landmarks and so forth cannot be disassembled to be re-assembled at a later time because of their fragility.
3D Puzzle of Taj Mahal
In progress: 3D Puzzle of Titanic
Do you like puzzles? Have any interesting puzzle stories or photos to share? Leave a note.
I used to do tons of puzzles as a kid. I remember this one puzzle in particular that had 3000 pieces. It was a beautiful scene of two dolphins jumping out of a coral real at sunset. Took my dad and I about two weeks to complete, and then we left it on the dining table for two weeks for posterity. I was devastated when my mum took it apart and put it back in the cupboard. I vowed never to do another puzzle again. A week later, I won a puzzle in a raffle.
A lovely, interesting article .I loved reading it .Puzzle making could be so much fun and all the ideas expressed in the article are" do ables" Preserving the puzzles as place-mats or decoration are excellent ideas, Children are so excited and encouraged when they can show off their hard work to their friends. Excellent idea!