Puzzles...Do you like to put puzzles together?

@Feona1962 (7530)
United States
August 5, 2007 2:12am CST
My grandson and I were putting a 100 piece puzzle together and while I was putting pieces in, I noticed he was looking at the box..He was using the picture on the box to help him put the puzzle together..What a smart 5 year old?..I know this helps, but I prefer not to look. Do you look at the box for help? What kind of puzzles do you like to put together? Have you done a puzzle with 1000 or more pieces?
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
5 Aug 07
Used to do alot of puzzles big medium and large. I would get them together then paste them to a piece of cardboard and hang them on my walls make great pics for the wall and cheers them up too.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Lakota, this is what we did with the one my grandson made last night. I just need to get a frame for it so he can hang it in his room...
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Oneandone, I have heard of the 3D puzzles but have yet to do one..
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I havent done the 3d ones either lol
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
5 Aug 07
As a child my mother was always doing puzzles. She was great at them as she could turn the pieces udisde down and do it by shapes only. I used to do jigsaw puzzles a lot myself. I don't know what made me stop though. HAHAHAHA! Now i think I'll shop for one today. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• Australia
5 Aug 07
I have completed jig saws face down too, but only on ones with irregular shapes.
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
That is very interesting and very challenging..I hope you find a nice one, but don't start out too big..LOL
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Cloudwatcher, that does sound like fun..I think I am going to try this technique and see how I do..
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
5 Aug 07
Yes, I really like jigsaw puzzles, and the majority of the ones I do are 1000 piece. I have done several 1500 pieces and a couple of 2000 piece ones, but the problem with the big ones is space, and somewhere to do them. I think if I could talk the family into eating on the floor, I could use the kitchen table for my puzzles, lol!
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
5 Aug 07
Oh, for goodness sakes! You could get tray tables for them..That way they wouldn't have to eat on the floor..LOL...Just a thought...I am glad you like to do puzzles.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
5 Aug 07
Yeah, I suppose so, otherwise I might think they're my pets! My son would probably like that, come to think of it, lol!
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Oh, my..you two are something else..
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
6 Aug 07
Completed cartoon puzzle - One of the 1000-piece wasgij puzzles we have.
We do jigsaw puzzles the whole year round, and for a good number of years now. Most of our jigsaws are the cartoon jigsaws of 1000 or 1500 pieces, and we easily have more than 100 such boxes. Late last year, I bought 19 boxes of such jigsaws online from a shop in England, and have them shipped over, because I hardly can get them here. I have attached a picture of one of our completed jigsaws. They are mostly from Jumbo, Heye, Clementoni, Ravensburger, Gibsons and Falcon. Actually, they are meant more for my mother-in-law who is 85 years old and living with us. It stimulates her mind and keeps her busy and challenged. For people who have little interest to occupy their time in old age, doing this is really excellent.
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
The picture of the puzzle is nice. There are alot of colors which makes it easier to do. I am sure your mother-in-law enjoys working on them..When you are done, do you take them apart or do you use them for pictures around the house?
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
7 Aug 07
I usually take them apart and put them back in the box to be fixed again some time in the future. We do like 60 to 70 puzzles a year. I know some people will stick the completed piece onto a backing, then frame and hang it up. If I did that, firstly I would run out of puzzles to do after two years, and secondly, I will run out of wall space to hang puzzles. My home will then resemble a puzzle shop...LOL.
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@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Wait, you mean there's another way to put puzzles together w/out looking at the box? Wow.. stop, you are just hitting me up with all kinds of life changing stuff tonight, lol. I love puzzles, my mom and I used to do them when I was growing up as our quality time thing and then use that puzzle glue and hang them. We even did the 5,000 piece kind. I haven't done one in years and years, my mom did one with the daughter of a friend who used to stay with us last year and our cat would get to where they had the extra pieces spread out and lay out in and pretend to be asleep, lol. She's streach out all over them then peek with her eyes all squinty, lmao. Awww... puzzles, I'd like to get one for old times sake to put together with my mom, bet she'd get a kick out of it. Have you tried the 3-d stand up kind? I've always wanted to try those.
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
You know you are making me choke on my own air....lol...The neighbors are going to call the police..I am surprised my hubby ain't down here, asking me what the heck is going on....lol..I better not get a headache from laughing so hard...olo...oops..lol...We had one that was like 7000 pieces, I know they probably don't make them that size, but anyhooo, as I was saying.....We had one on the table and the cat jumped up and skidded across that table and we had puzzle pieces flying everywhere..I put it in the box and never looked at it again..(the puzzle, not the cat)...lol....As for the cat....can't tell you....lol..I haven't tried the 3D kind. I think I will get one and see how it goes....
• United States
6 Aug 07
You're in luck... I know CPR! But I'm not exactly nex door soooo... your kinda crapped out of luck. Breath deep, slow and exhale. There you'll be ok! 7,000 pieces, OMG! I think they do make them because I've seen them go up to 10,000. I'd never do one that big but for some reason they make them. LOL, your cat, lol, I would've been so mad but laughed so hard at the same time. What pretty naughty creatures! Oh.. and they make a 3-D one of the white house! Not that I want a 3-D reminder of the fact that there's a house that's 45 million times bigger than my apartment but still... they've got one, lol.
@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
6 Aug 07
Hello Feona1962!:-) I do not particularly do the puzzles which involves putting pieces together. My partner, however, is very expert in these types of puzzles. She probably has done puzzles up to 500 pieces without looking at the picture or solution and she does it fairly quickly. She actually have won a prize earlier in her age. I do all other types of puzzles and I am fairly good at them. I do mathematical, logical and analytical mind puzzles. Mathematics has always been my favorite subject and a strong point. I also do Sudoku with different levels of difficulty. I have replied to around 65-70 puzzle questions here on mylot and except 2, got them all right. In fact around 45 out of my first 100 best responses were from such puzzle postings here.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Math is not my strong area..I really enjoy doing Sudoku though. I try to do stuff with the boys to keep their little minds going..Right now at 5 and 3, they are learning alot very quickly..Even the 3 year old can add and subtract simple numbers..My husband and son are the math people in my house. They do almost everything in their head. My son did math problems at school in his head and just wrote down the answer. One day the teacher accused him of cheating. He asked her for some problems and he sat right in front of her and did not use paper , but just wrote the answer down. She just looked at him. He did this in Chemistry also and his Chemistry teacher thought he was cheating, so he did the same thing, sat right in front of him and worked out some problems..I told him not to ever stop doing the math in his head. When I took Chemistry in college, my husband would help me and he would figure it out in his head, and give me the answer. I am like, "I need to know how you did that." Then he would work the problem backwards..I am like, "I have to work it from beginning to end not backwards." I was very proud, I did get an A in Chemistry. I actually helped others and they got A's as well. See, I am smarter than I give myself credit for..
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
6 Aug 07
I am glad to now about all the fascinating things about your family. You are very right about keeping the children's brains at work. The more it is used, the more efficient it becomes. It was also very wise of you to tell your son, not to stop thinking and doing problems in mind. I am also glad to know that you not only did well in chemistry but also helped others get it. You are a very smart family, Feona! In fact, technology itself is responsible, in part, for inefficient mental and intellectual development and growth. I see kids using calculators from very early age, which in my humble opinion, is detrimental to the mental development. Humans are much more capable than what we usually think we are. Internet also has it's demerits in this regard, barring the research attitude, to some extent, by providing very easy information at hand. I didn't use calculator for most part of my academic life up until my engineering where the problems become too complex. I remember doing even the integration (considered very difficult in the original part of the world, I belong to) in mind. There were whole two chapters and I and some of my friends use to cover both in a couple of hours. Even in engineering, I tried to avoid scientific calculator as much as possible. It made me able to do problems much more quickly than my comrades thus saving much of my time. I specifically remember doing power plants numerical questions in 4,5 lines whereas others used to do it on normal size 12-15 pages. We can't know our true capabilities unless and until we explore the limits which are far ahead of what we normally think they are. I appreciate exploring those limits which is not possible without putting our minds to extreme work. Avoiding technological tools can be of great help but I don't know if people can understand this point.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
8 Aug 07
Hello Feona1962, As I mentioned to you earlier, I am a bit impatient *smile* I would love to solve the puzzle without looking at the box but maybe, after 15 or 20 minutes time when I still couldn't put the right pieces together, I will just have a glance. Does it count? *laugh*
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
8 Aug 07
Impatient..not you...*smiles*...It is okay to look at the box. If I get confused I will look too! I try very hard not too though! Yes, glances do count...lol
@brendakaya (2335)
• United States
7 Aug 07
I haven't put a puzzle together in years. I used to love to, when I was younger and had time. A friend bought me one, last week that's a pretty picture of cats, and I want to put it together and frame it, when Iget a chance. I think of my granny when I think of puzzles. We used to do that as a fun pasttime when I was a kid. I miss her so much.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
7 Aug 07
We did them with my grama as well, when I was little..We even framed one for her. I hope you are able to get your new puzzle done, and framed. I just framed the first one my grandson did. It was 100 pieces..
@brendalee (6085)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I love to do jigsaw puzzles. I haven't done one in awhile because my cats don't like it.lol. But yes, I do look at the box and I always do the outside pieces first, then I work on the sky or water and then the rest.I don't remember how big of one I have ever done.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I know what you mean about the cats..I don't have any cats now so I think it is safe to leave one out to work on..
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
6 Aug 07
i love putting puzzles together! in fact, when we were dating, my husband and i used to spend time doing puzzles as a way to get to know each other better and it's also a cheap way to chill out together! so we have quite a few 1000 and above puzzles. we even tried a double sided one with two different pictures on either side! it was hard! but fun! Your grandson is smart! i suppose i look at the box so it's faster. unless it's a picture that is pretty obvious or intuitive. our largest so far was a 2000 piece - field of tulips in keukenhof garden in holland. it's lovely - we framed it and it's residing in my parent's home now. :)
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
That was a good way to get to know each other..I remember doing a puzzle of the different seasons and framing it for my grama. We did a lot of them when we were growing up. My kids and I have done a few also..My grandson loves them..I am going to buy him a bunch of different ones..
• India
6 Aug 07
i love puzzles.. i used to ahev lots of them at home when i was a kid.. i dont know what happened to them.. will ahve to dig them out this time i go to my parents house.. i plan to buy some puzzles now.. so that i and my son can fix them up.. it will be fun trying to put them together..
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Yes, it is alot of fun..my grandsons and I love doing them.
@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
6 Aug 07
i do puzzles with my autistic nephew. it's part of his therapy. and it really amazes me how he does it. he has a system, first he will look at the picture then segregate the colors. i remember his teacher showed it to him only once how to do it and it stuck to him. and believe me he has all the patience and there are times when i tell him that i'm tired and the pieces are a bit small and have a hard time seeing them, he'll tell me no problem, then he'll get his magnifying glass and give it to me. that's how serious he is with his puzzles.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
How wonderful..They sure do have good memories and he seems like a very good helper..I am so glad that you both do this together. I know that my grandsons have a blast and look forward to putting them together with me..thank you for sharing.
@superchook (1786)
• Australia
6 Aug 07
I find that I just don't have the patience to do puzzles, I will start one but just can't finish them.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I haven't done any like I used to, but now with my grandsons we are starting a new tradition...
@worldwise1 (14892)
• United States
5 Aug 07
I just happen to love jigsaw puzzles, Feona. In fact, I have a huge one under my bed right now. It is one thousand pieces. When my grandkids were small they would come in and join me when I was working on a puzzle. It was fun and hopefully it helped them to develop patience. We spent many happy hours "puzzling
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
That is nice to hear. I would like to do a larger one again..It has been years since we have put together a big one. Since my grandson is 5 we are starting out small and working our way up to the big ones. He loves doing them, over and over...If I do get stuck I will look also...
• United States
5 Aug 07
I honestly must say that I hate putting them together. I cannot do it, and get very fustrated from it.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
That is alright. Just depending on how big they are it can become quite tedious..We are starting with the 100 piece ones and working our way up..
@maehan (1445)
• United States
5 Aug 07
I love both games puzzles from computer and those fix physically. I have a favorite 1000 pcs God of Venus puzzle and I had done and given to my mom. That's my favorite piece of work.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I have never seen the God of Venus but I bet it is beautiful.
• Australia
5 Aug 07
I find jig saws a very relaxing pastime and yes, I do many with 1000 - 2000 pieces, but space can be a problem. I like the Thomas Kinkade painting jig saws. If a jigsaw is too easy and has irregular pieces, I do them face down.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I have never done them face down. That would certainly be a neat challenge..I usually go by the shape of the piece, so it shouldn't be too difficult..The Thomas Kinkade paintings are beautiful.
@Buggheart (446)
• United States
5 Aug 07
OMG! I LOVE to put puzzles together and always have. I live in Michigan so it gets really cold and nasty up here in the winter. I can remember my mom pulling out the old card table near Thanksgiving time and getting a puzzle out. That card table would stay up til spring and we'd do puzzle after puzzle. I don't think I've done any with 1000 or more pieces though. I think mine are mostly 500-750 pieces. I really like the Americana style of puzzles by Wysocki and Wooster Scott because they are cute and colorful and fairly easy to put together. I get frustrated with the kind that have huge expanses of sky or things that are all one color. I don't have the patience for those LOL.
@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
We did ours in the winter time also. I grew up in Wisconsin and our winters were similar to yours. We had a lot of fun. I have done the ones with the large areas of the same color, it is tedious..thank you and welcome to mylot.
• India
5 Aug 07
good to see your discussons. i do solve lot of puzzles. solving puzzles are very intresting. If you allow to do the kids the puzzle, ot will enhance the analytical skills. Never come across the puzzle with 1000. I solve sodoku(hard) every day. it is very intresting. Thanks. all the best. Vinod
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Thank you and welcome to mylot..My grandson loves to do them....I also do the Sudoku puzzles. I like the challenge..
@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
5 Aug 07
I never like puzzles until my nieces start to love them. I have to do puzzles with them. They enjoy challenging me as they always will complete the puzzle before me... It is the unspoken rule have to give in to them and let them complete the puzzle first... lol. They remember by hard the pieces while I have to refer to the box to give them a complete piece of artwork first. I never like doing anything out of the blue, especially when I felt like digging needle in the haysack. LOL.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
6 Aug 07
That is very nice of you to let them do the first one. I am sure you all have fun.