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Puzzling Out A Popular Pastime

May 19, 2008
Jigsaw puzzles have remained a popular pastime for many years, and traditionally these have always been simple a picture, either a photograph or a painting, that has been divided into any number of pieces. These have ranged from the very simple children's puzzles which can have just a half dozen pieces through to a couple of hundred, or the very complex ones designed for adults which may have several thousand pieces.

Today the popularity of puzzles remains, and this is helped in part by an increased range in the type of puzzle available, not simply down to the number of pieces or the complexity of the picture, but in an increasingly varied designs and idea to take puzzles to wider audiences.

One very popular type of jigsaw puzzle available today are the three dimensional puzzles, mainly aimed at older children. These could not very easily have been created a few years ago, as a computer is usually required to break a mode down into puzzle pieces, design the cut-outs and create a puzzle which will fit together well, hold together, and display a picture which helps the puzzle resemble a famous landmark, building, monument or even the planet Earth itself. These puzzles certainly need concentration and patience, but are very rewarding to see a final product take shape.

There is a range of puzzles available today in the more traditional format, being simply flat, which are described as being nearly impossible, and these use photographs or pictures which are horrendously complicated and repetitive, such as a whole sea of baked beans, or coloured sweets, or clouds. These pictures give few clues about where pieces go as there is no cohesive image, just repetitive portions of the same image. Similar ideas in some ways are the popular mosaic puzzles. Mosaic pictures have become very popular lately, and are large pictures composed of many hundreds or thousands of small pictures which are only recognisable as such when you look very closely. These puzzles can be difficult to complete since each puzzle piece has its own picture on it, which actually has nothing whatsoever to do with the puzzle picture as a whole.

Another slant on the traditional idea are puzzles which aim to combine detective skills with art education, and have a final picture which looks very much like an original and well known painting, but with a number of subtle changes made to it. Once the puzzle is complete, you need to look carefully at your puzzle and compare it to the original painting to try to spot all of the differences. This helps to encourage children to see a puzzle within a puzzle, but one that also helps them to think about well known art at the same time.

Since many people are often on the move, an excellent solution is the magnet6ic puzzle, which comes with its own magnetic board, which rolls up. This means that all of the pieces can be spread out on the board, and the puzzle started, but once it is time to either make some space or move on somewhere else, the whole thing can be rolled up, with all of the pieces kept where they are, and then inserted into a canister for transportation. At the other end, simply unroll the back sheet and carry on exactly where you left off.
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