Jigsaw Puzzles for the Whole Family

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Jigsaw Puzzles for the Whole Family

Jigsaw puzzles can be a valuable part of family life, with different puzzles that will educate and entertain family members in all parts of their lives.

From large puzzles with pieces too big to swallow for the youngest members of the family to challenging puzzles and 3-D puzzles for adults, for puzzles that are adjusted to help with the mental challenges of those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s – jigsaw puzzles have a lot to offer. And they are fun!

Jigsaw puzzles are named after a jigsaw that was used to cut the printed wooden sheets into different pieces of the puzzle. It is believed that the first puzzles were “dissected maps” that a cartographer around 1760 made so that children could learn the geography of Britain.

I have recently got into collectible jigsaw puzzles, although I admit I am most comfortable with the easiest puzzles.

I was surprised to find out how calm puzzles can be, and at the same time amusing. Jigsaw puzzles are like board games for the whole family without the competitive edge. I hope you find plenty of puzzles here for your amusement.

Start with a Quality Jigsaw Puzzle

Sturdy Puzzles with

One of the things I learned when I started puzzling is that some puzzles are just better than others.

Best names are Buffalo Games, Ravensburger, Springbox, and some Disney.

For puzzles that you can keep and use over and over – look out for “soft-click” technology. This means that there is special attention made to making pieces that are crisp and really click together. Otherwise, sometimes there is a tearing that makes it frustrating to put the puzzles together.

The Ravensburger puzzles that I featured have unique pieces, and they make a “soft click” when you put them together. In other words, they are fun to play with – and I seek those out!

A lot of puzzleers like 1000 – 2000 piece puzzles. But I really love the simpler puzzles, and can still find challenge and fun with 200 – 300 piece puzzles. Especially as an activity while watching TV, or just while relaxing.

Disney Masterpiece Panarama Puzzle 1000 Piece Professional Soft Click Jigsaw Ages 12+Disney Masterpiece Panarama Puzzle 1000 Piece Professional Soft Click Jigsaw Ages 12+Disney Masterpiece Panarama Puzzle 1000 Piece Professional Soft Click Jigsaw Ages 12+Ravensburger Pretty Paris Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Pretty Paris Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Pretty Paris Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Mischief Makers Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Mischief Makers Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Mischief Makers Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Cat's Got Mail Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Cat’s Got Mail Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Cat's Got Mail Large Format 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Adults – Every Piece is Unique, Softclick Technology Means Pieces Fit Together Perfectly

 

Safe, Non-Toxic – Jigsaw Puzzles for the Youngest Members of the Family

Little people can start in with jigsaw puzzles much earlier than you might imagine. Just be sure that you supervise them and everyone will be having fun.

Melissa and Doug puzzles and toys are especially well-loved by kids and well-respected by their parents! The barnyard puzzle is especially well received.

Melissa & Doug Wild Animals 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box (48 pcs)Melissa & Doug Wild Animals 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box (48 pcs)Melissa & Doug Wild Animals 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box (48 pcs)Melissa & Doug Busy Barn Shaped Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (32 pcs, 2 x 3 feet)Melissa & Doug Busy Barn Shaped Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (32 pcs, 2 x 3 feet)Melissa & Doug Busy Barn Shaped Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (32 pcs, 2 x 3 feet)Giant Road Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (20 Piece)Giant Road Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (20 Piece)Giant Road Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (20 Piece)Fisher-Price Silly Sounds PuzzleFisher-Price Silly Sounds PuzzleFisher-Price Silly Sounds PuzzleMelissa & Doug Vehicles 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box (48 pcs)Melissa & Doug Vehicles 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box (48 pcs)Melissa & Doug Vehicles 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box (48 pcs)

 

Whimsies Make Jigsaw Puzzles More Fun

Whimsies link back to the Victorian times. A whimsey is a puzzle piece crafted into a recognisable shape such as a flower or bird, they were – as the name suggests – cut on a whim by the original Victorian puzzle cutters. They make jigsaw puzzles much more fun and challenging.

Learning Puzzles for Older Children

ABC’s, Numbers, and Geography – as Well as Play

It is nice if kids learn something as well as having fun. With your puzzle the child can make all kinds of creations!

MasterPieces Explorer Kids - USA Map - 60 Piece Kids PuzzleMasterPieces Explorer Kids – USA Map – 60 Piece Kids PuzzleMelissa & Doug USA Map Wooden Puzzle (45 pcs)Melissa & Doug USA Map Wooden Puzzle (45 pcs)GeoPuzzle World - Educational Geography Jigsaw Puzzle (68 pcs)GeoPuzzle World – Educational Geography Jigsaw Puzzle (68 pcs)Patch A to Z PuzzlesPatch A to Z PuzzlesMelissa & Doug Numbers Sound Puzzle - Wooden  Puzzle With Sound Effects (21 pcs)Melissa & Doug Numbers Sound Puzzle – Wooden Puzzle With Sound Effects (21 pcs)

 

A Family Works on a Huge 3-D Jigsaw Puzzle

The whole family started working on this, and then disappeared and then came back later. You don’t have to finish all of a puzzle at one time.

Birthstones and Zodiac – Double-Sided Puzzle

I love astrology and I really love birthstones ! This cool reversible puzzle has both. The designs are different enough that you should be able to not become confused.

Birthstones  and the Zodiac 2-sided 500 Piece PuzzleBirthstones and the Zodiac 2-sided 500 Piece Puzzle

 

Travel Around the World with Jigsaw Puzzles from Amazon or eBay!

My eBay name is “Gypzeerose,” so that tells you what I think about travelling!

If you love to travel – you can travel around the world and see all kind of beautiful places, even if you don’t have a passport.

I have sold a lot of my puzzles from my eBay store, and a lot have helped charity.

Buffalo Games 2000pc, Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria - 2000pc Jigsaw PuzzleBuffalo Games 2000pc, Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria – 2000pc Jigsaw PuzzleBuffalo Games 2000pc, Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria - 2000pc Jigsaw PuzzleWhite Mountain Puzzles Travel The World Jigsaw Puzzle (550 Piece)White Mountain Puzzles Travel The World Jigsaw Puzzle (550 Piece)White Mountain Puzzles Travel The World Jigsaw Puzzle (550 Piece)Buffalo Games - Road Trip USA - 300 Large Piece Jigsaw PuzzleBuffalo Games – Road Trip USA – 300 Large Piece Jigsaw PuzzleBuffalo Games - Road Trip USA - 300 Large Piece Jigsaw PuzzleWhite Mountain Puzzles Best Places In The World - 1000 Piece Jigsaw PuzzleWhite Mountain Puzzles Best Places In The World – 1000 Piece Jigsaw PuzzleWhite Mountain Puzzles Best Places In The World - 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Monsters, Super-Heroes and Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids

I love the Creepy Creatures!

Lot of Two Fantastic Four Toys: 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle and Make a Match ToyLot of Two Fantastic Four Toys: 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle and Make a Match ToyLot of Two Fantastic Four Toys: 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle and Make a Match ToyMelissa & Doug T-Rex Dinosaur Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (48 pcs, 2 x 3 feet)Melissa & Doug T-Rex Dinosaur Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (48 pcs, 2 x 3 feet)Melissa & Doug T-Rex Dinosaur Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (48 pcs, 2 x 3 feet)Stegosaurus Bfun Woodcraft 3D Puzzle Assemble and Paint DIY Toy Kit, T-RexStegosaurus Bfun Woodcraft 3D Puzzle Assemble and Paint DIY Toy Kit, T-RexStegosaurus Bfun Woodcraft 3D Puzzle Assemble and Paint DIY Toy Kit, T-RexAquarius DC Comics Justice League of America 1000 Piece Jigsaw PuzzleAquarius DC Comics Justice League of America 1000 Piece Jigsaw PuzzleAquarius DC Comics Justice League of America 1000 Piece Jigsaw PuzzleAquarius Wonder Woman Logo 600 Piece 2 Sided Diecut Jigsaw PuzzleAquarius Wonder Woman Logo 600 Piece 2 Sided Diecut Jigsaw PuzzleAquarius Wonder Woman Logo 600 Piece 2 Sided Diecut Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Jigsaw Puzzles Can Help bring Families Together

It is nice to have a puzzle out so that the whole family can work on it over time. Some work groups also have puzzles in the office.

Disney Themed Jigsaw Puzzles

The whole family loves Disney: and here are puzzles with all levels of complexity for everyone.

Ceaco Disney Villains 5-in-1 Multipack Jigsaw Puzzle SetCeaco Disney Villains 5-in-1 Multipack Jigsaw Puzzle SetThomas Kinkade: Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream Puzzle, 750 pcThomas Kinkade: Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream Puzzle, 750 pcCeaco Thomas Kinkade The Disney Dreams Collection The Little Mermaid 750 pc. Jigsaw PuzzleCeaco Thomas Kinkade The Disney Dreams Collection The Little Mermaid 750 pc. Jigsaw PuzzleDisney Stained Art Jigsaw Puzzle[1000P] All Stars Stained Glass (DS-1000-764)Disney Stained Art Jigsaw Puzzle[1000P] All Stars Stained Glass (DS-1000-764)Ceaco Classic Disney 5-in-1 Multipack Jigsaw Puzzle SetCeaco Classic Disney 5-in-1 Multipack Jigsaw Puzzle SetThomas Kinkade The Disney Dreams Collection: Beauty and The Beast Falling in Love Puzzle, 750 Pieces, 24Thomas Kinkade The Disney Dreams Collection: Beauty and The Beast Falling in Love Puzzle, 750 Pieces, 24

 

Maybe You Just Want to Wear Some Puzzling Clothing from Zazzle

Puzzles are cute – and here are some of the cutest designs from Zazzle. Of particular interest to me are the autism puzzle shirts.

Colorful Jigsaw Puzzle Rubber Flip Flops - 2 different footbeds and 4 different strapColorful Jigsaw Puzzle Rubber Flip Flops – 2 different footbeds and 4 different strapColorful Jigsaw Puzzle Rubber Flip Flops - 2 different footbeds and 4 different strapAutistic people T-Shirt for Adults, Children and Infants - Autism PuzzleAutistic people T-Shirt for Adults, Children and Infants – Autism PuzzleAutistic people T-Shirt for Adults, Children and Infants - Autism Puzzle

 

Collectible, Rare Par Handmade Wooden Puzzles on eBay

One of a Kind Treasures since the Depression Era

Par Puzzles were a Depression Era miracle. Frank Ware and John Henriques, desperate young men with no job prospects, decided to try a create a luxury item with jigsaw puzzles.

They succeeded with Par Puzzles, which are unique, one of a kind wooden puzzles that are still made today. Par Puzzles are known for “whimsies” – little representational shapes or figurals that usually refer to the subject of the puzzle i.e sailfish in an ocean scene.

Rare Par Puzzles are very collectible. I found a great example on eBay.

VINTAGE PAR PICTURE PUZZLE EAGLES FLY HIGH WOMAN MOUNTAIN POLISH FLAGVINTAGE PAR PICTURE PUZZLE EAGLES FLY HIGH WOMAN MOUNTAIN POLISH FLAGVINTAGE PAR PICTURE PUZZLE EAGLES FLY HIGH WOMAN MOUNTAIN POLISH FLAG

 

Challenging 3-D Jigsaw Puzzles

3-D Puzzles are even more fun than regular jigsaw puzzles! I actually have never done one of these, but I can imagine that it would be very rewarding.

Here are some for children as well as adults.

Neuschwanstein Castle 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, 890-PieceNeuschwanstein Castle 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, 890-PieceNeuschwanstein Castle 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, 890-PieceRavensburger The Earth 540 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle Ball for Kids and Adults - Easy Click Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger The Earth 540 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle Ball for Kids and Adults – Easy Click Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger The Earth 540 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle Ball for Kids and Adults - Easy Click Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyBepuzzled Original 3D Crystal Puzzle Deluxe - Pirate Ship, Black - Fun yet challenging brain teaser that will test your skills and imagination, For Ages 12+Bepuzzled Original 3D Crystal Puzzle Deluxe – Pirate Ship, Black – Fun yet challenging brain teaser that will test your skills and imagination, For Ages 12+Bepuzzled Original 3D Crystal Puzzle Deluxe - Pirate Ship, Black - Fun yet challenging brain teaser that will test your skills and imagination, For Ages 12+Ravensburger Eiffel Tower 216 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids and Adults - Easy Click Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Eiffel Tower 216 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids and Adults – Easy Click Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyRavensburger Eiffel Tower 216 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids and Adults - Easy Click Technology Means Pieces Fit Together PerfectlyOriginal 3D Crystal Puzzle - PandaOriginal 3D Crystal Puzzle – PandaOriginal 3D Crystal Puzzle - PandaBepuzzled Original 3D Crystal Puzzle Deluxe - Pirate Ship, Black - Fun yet challenging brain teaser that will test your skills and imagination, For Ages 12+Bepuzzled Original 3D Crystal Puzzle Deluxe – Pirate Ship, Black – Fun yet challenging brain teaser that will test your skills and imagination, For Ages 12+Bepuzzled Original 3D Crystal Puzzle Deluxe - Pirate Ship, Black - Fun yet challenging brain teaser that will test your skills and imagination, For Ages 12+Cinderella's 3D Castle 200 Piece PuzzleCinderella’s 3D Castle 200 Piece PuzzleCinderella's 3D Castle 200 Piece PuzzleHogwarts Astronomy Tower 3D Jigsaw Puzzle (875 pieces)Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 3D Jigsaw Puzzle (875 pieces)Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 3D Jigsaw Puzzle (875 pieces)

 

Two Beautiful Rosewood 3-D Jigsaw Puzzles from Rosewood Puzzles will delight your family

3-D puzzles are special, even more so when they are wooden. I love these quality rosewood puzzles, each of moderate difficulty.

Rosewood Puzzles Inc. Boat 3D Puzzle - Rosewood Color Fun Mind-Challenging 3D Puzzle!Rosewood Puzzles Inc. Boat 3D Puzzle – Rosewood Color Fun Mind-Challenging 3D Puzzle!Rosewood Puzzles Inc. Boat 3D Puzzle - Rosewood Color Fun Mind-Challenging 3D Puzzle!Rosewood Puzzles Inc. Dinosaur 3D Puzzle - Rosewood Color Fun Mind-Challenging 3D Puzzle!Rosewood Puzzles Inc. Dinosaur 3D Puzzle – Rosewood Color Fun Mind-Challenging 3D Puzzle!Rosewood Puzzles Inc. Dinosaur 3D Puzzle - Rosewood Color Fun Mind-Challenging 3D Puzzle!

 

Puzzles to help Family Members with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Jigsaw Puzzles for Grandma and Grandpa

When adults get older they sometimes find it more difficult to operate the same as they have been cognitively. It has been discovered that they respond well to jigsaws with large, few pieces like children’s puzzles only with adult themes.

Springbok Alzheimer & Dementia Jigsaw Puzzles - Take Flight - 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Large 23.5 Inches by 18 Inches Puzzle - Made in USA - Extra Large Easy Grip PiecesSpringbok Alzheimer & Dementia Jigsaw Puzzles – Take Flight – 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle – Large 23.5 Inches by 18 Inches Puzzle – Made in USA – Extra Large Easy Grip PiecesSpringbok Alzheimer & Dementia Jigsaw Puzzles - Take Flight - 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Large 23.5 Inches by 18 Inches Puzzle - Made in USA - Extra Large Easy Grip PiecesPuzzle With Me Jigsaw Puzzle Puzzle With Me Jigsaw Puzzle “New Country”Alzheimer’s Puzzle, Large, 12 PiecesPuzzle With Me Jigsaw Puzzle Keeping Busy Life on The Pacific 35 Piece Sequenced Jigsaw Puzzle Engaging Activities / Puzzles / Games for Dementia and Alzheimer's for Older AdultsKeeping Busy Life on The Pacific 35 Piece Sequenced Jigsaw Puzzle Engaging Activities / Puzzles / Games for Dementia and Alzheimer’s for Older AdultsKeeping Busy Life on The Pacific 35 Piece Sequenced Jigsaw Puzzle Engaging Activities / Puzzles / Games for Dementia and Alzheimer's for Older AdultsPuzzle With Me Jigsaw Puzzle Puzzle With Me Jigsaw Puzzle “Making Music” Alzheimer’s and Dementia Therapeutic Puzzle, Large, 12 PiecesPuzzle With Me Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Jigsaw Puzzles are a Relaxing Way to Bring your Family Together

Sometimes it is hard to think of things to do with the whole family, and jigsaw puzzles are just the perfect solution!

Jigsaw puzzles are a hobby that can be started when you are a toddler and continued through your whole lifetime.

Whether you are kids learning, or just having fun – there is a jigsaw puzzle that is perfect for the occasion.


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  1. I used to have a big collection of jigsaw puzzles I loved to do, not I don’t seem to have time any more … these inspire me to begin again!

  2. Growing up we always had a jigsaw puzzle on the dining room table for the whole family to “piece” together. Great times! Puzzles are great for a family get together

  3. I do love to have a puzzle n progress in the living room — everyone who walks in seems to want to add at least one piece, which I love. By the time it’s done, it’s fun to think of all the folks who added their part to the completion! A tribute to friends and family indeed!

  4. MareeT

    I have been enjoying jigsaw puzzles since I was a teenager, but I must say I haven’t tried a 3D puzzle yet. Looks like so much fun!

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Gypzeerose - aka Rose Jones - is a Mom, nerdy, fun loving traveller through life, currently living in the East Bay in the San Francisco Area.

She loves to write and blog, and has aspirations towards fiction.

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