is there a point to them?

@Anne18 (11036)
September 21, 2008 2:28pm CST
Is there really any point to doing a jigsaw puzzle? I know there is really, but I find trying to do a jigsaw puzzle very annoying as I just do not have the pateince to actually do one. Every year I make it as one of the thnigs I must do before the end of the year. I have done this for three years now. I buy a nice clear jigsaw of 500 pieces that shouldn't give me too many problems, do the edges and then start the middle and then as soon as I can't get a few pieces in I get bored and stop!! Are you a jigsaw person? Can you help me out in anyway as deep down I would really like to be able to do a jigsaw puzzle, its a bit of a lame aim but somethnig I would just really like to do.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
21 Sep 08
You would be surprised how it tunes your power of observation. It also is a great family project and they have such fun ones now, I even did one in the a globe shape. We as a family have used these for cold indoor weather tokeep children and adults happy indoors.
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@Anne18 (11036)
21 Sep 08
The children did go through a phase of enjoying doing simple puzzles. Now is the ideal time to start one as we sit upstairs from about 6.30pm until 9pm. Hubby goes to work at 7.30pm and we use our bedroom as an upstairs sitting room as we have telly in there and you can see into the bathroom as well so can talk to children while they are having a bath etc. I'm going in to town on friday, perhaps I'll pick a new puzzle up and we can then start it, I'm sure the children will come and help a bit. (but I really wanted to do one all by myself, selfish I know)
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
22 Sep 08
When you go to the store you should find all levels of puzzeles, try to get a simple one with bright colors, i don't know what ages your kids are, bright colors always attract people. Enjoy
• United States
21 Sep 08
I like to do jigsaws as they relax me. I prefer to do them online as I don't like them lying around the house until I finish. Here is the link to a good site. You can change the puzzle from easy ones for kids to really difficult ones with hundred of pieces. They also have a new one every day. http://www.jigzone.com/
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@Anne18 (11036)
22 Sep 08
Doing a jigsaw on the pc!! Scary biz. Soon we won't need anything material as we shall be able to do it all on the pc. Where will the simple life go?? But I will go and have a look... (think I'm fighting against change in my life at the mo)
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@Humbug25 (12551)
21 Sep 08
Hello Anne18 I think the best thing to do is to start it like you do and then just keep coming back to it now and again. I can't do things like that because of the boys, they would want to help and put the wrong pieces in the wrong place and they would push and shove each other and then the whole thing would look like I had never started it!!
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@Anne18 (11036)
21 Sep 08
Well that could happen in our house as well!! LOL
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@ellie333 (21029)
22 Sep 08
I used to love doing puzzles, my girls and I had a special board for doing them on. I used to look on them like I was putting the pieces of my life back together again and they were very theraputic. I haven't done one in about five years as my young son would try to help bless and it would end up everywhere, add a pupp and cats to the equation. I will wait until they are all older LOL to start again. Keep trying and eventually you will manage to complete one and feel a sense of achievement through having done so too. Ellie :D
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I like to do jig saw puzzles online, but I haven't did the other in a long time, you just gave me a good idea, I like jig saw puzzles, I live alone and I will be out of work in about 3-4 months, and I can get me some puzzles to help keep me busy, when I am not out looking for a job, which is scarce in this area of the world.
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
22 Sep 08
I do not have the patience to do jigsaw puzzles much either. I am not very good at seeing the shapes I need. My partner loves doing them and he is very good at them. I have a look ever now and then to see how it is going and sometimes I find a piece that he has been looking for. I think of it as my contribution, finding one piece a day. I do try and do more but I just get frustrated trying to find the right piece and there are so many other things to do.
• Japan
22 Sep 08
i was once a jigsaw addict in fact i still have them hanging in my wall..the biggest i made was more than 3,000 pieces...yours is just 500..i did 500 and it took me only half a day. I guess you need to really like it in order for you to not get bored. If you cant get a few pieces in..try taking a rest for 10 min. and then come back but this time try another piece...and you have to separate them by color too and look at the finished picture for reference. If you feel like getting bored...try another color, or another part.. it shudnt be like you have to find the piece coz its next, you can jump like for example you find a piece that fit in the other piece but you dont know which part they go..just put them together and lay them out separately coz in time you will know which part they fit in. Goodluck and hope i did help
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@rosedust82 (2075)
• Philippines
22 Sep 08
Hi anne... I love doing jigsaw puzzles. For some reason they really challenge me. I usually buy either the ones with a thousand pieces or five thousand pieces. I know just thinking about it makes a lot of people want to give up. Lol. When I look at the pieces I can't help but do this: haha! But I have always been determined to finish them. Plus I guess what drives me is after every completed puzzle, I have these framed. They make beautiful "portraits" plus they're a lot cheaper than buying paintings. That's why when I buy a box, I check on how the finished puzzle will look like so that I'll know if it'll look good with the rest of the puzzles that I have at home. I guess anne, try to do a little at a time so that you don't lose hope or you don't get bored. Try to look at the pieces and put together those that look the same.
• United Kingdom
21 Sep 08
I don't like jigsaw puzzles much either. I find them very boring! I understand though that they can be good for brain training and so forth. Like you, I just would not have the patience. You have to put the pieces all over the place so that you can eventually find the right piece! I don't favour this much. Give me a good video game anytime! Ok, I'm 33 years of age but this still works for me. Andrew
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@chabawel (330)
• Philippines
22 Sep 08
Your personality already points to annoyance. You might be short tempered. You are a type of person who wants results ASAP. So, you might need to divert your attention to another hobby wherein it also tests your mind. LIKE SODUKO. :P Just a suggestion.
@Anne18 (11036)
22 Sep 08
I'm laughing as I can't master soduko either, brought a simple book on them and still can't master them!! Help me??? Cos i would also really like to have a go at them as well
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
20 May 09
I and my husband loves jigsaw puzzle very much. He bought two boxes, one with 500 pieces and the other with 1000 pieces. We both worked hard to finish the puzzle and we were so happy with the result. Although it took us about a month to finish one of them that is nothing compared to the happiness we felt when we were in the process of doing such puzzle. I think seeing the result is the best reward. We do not push ourselves doing puzzle when we are already tired and we left the puzzle making again for tomorrow. In that case we do miss making the puzzle again. I think puzzles make our brain work and most of all it tests our patience and perseverance in doing one. I wish I could have more 500 pieces and 1000 pieces puzzle so that I could have more to make. That makes an unused time productive and it is a way to spend a free time.
@jastiger (21)
• Australia
20 May 09
try finding a puzzle that has a picture that you really love,once you finish it glue it onto thin wood & hang it on your wall(thats what i do,i go for glow in the dark puzzles,they look great)i only do puzzles that i want to hang on my wall or to me your right they are a waste of time doing them then putting it back in the box try getting a 500 piece first,get a puzzle with lots of different pictures on it or colours it makes it easier because you have things to look for
@macherla (35)
• India
17 Oct 08
puzzles are interesting and you require patience to solve them.
@gemini_rose (16193)
5 Oct 08
I used to love doing jigsaws, I used to do them on my dining table and then would leave them there for ages, so no one could eat on it. Like you though, I just do not see the point of doing them only to have to dismantle them after, seems pretty pointless. I now do cross stitch, they are a bit like a jigsaw only they do not have to be dismantled after.
@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
I don't do jigsaw puzzles for the same reason. Have you tried doing a Rubic's Cube? Now THAT is a challenge! cd
@dcsmon (1)
• India
22 Sep 08
Though as a child, I never liked doing Jigsaw puzzles, but yeah they turn you into geniouses. The shapes of the pieces and how they fit in, you wouldn't have ever tried to observe that. Yes there is a point to do them, and if it was too easy to do them, then they wouldn't help you develop abilities that set geniouses apart.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
I find it hard to do jigsaw puzzles. In my case it is that I do not have the patience to sit down and turn each piece over and find if it fits. The edges are fine, but when the pieces are similar and all that is different is the knobs on the side, then I find it hard. Also I cannot look at the pieces for long without getting dizzy. I think that the near sighted people have the advantage. You could put all the similar pieces together or what you consider go in a certain section of the puzzle and go from there. That is what I do and it does help. But actually I do not like jigsaw puzzles. I do crossword puzzles instead.
• United States
22 Sep 08
I love jigsaw puzzle and I won't buy any that are less than a 1000 pieces. I had to stop doing them when my son got to be mobile and I didn't want him eating any of the pieces. He will be two this week so hopefully he is getting over this "put everything in his mouth" phase.
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I love doing jigsaw puzzles. And like you I always do the edges first them work my way to the middle. I have a table that sits in my living room and during the winter months ther is always one on it. It's a good conversation piece. My kids used to enjoy them and at times they'll work on them a little bit now. I think it is just a good thing to spend quiet quality time with family. Also a lot of times it begins a good conversation with company. I have framed a couple but don't really care for them framed so I pretty much work them, tear them up and work another! LOL I guess there is no real use for the sport! LOL If you want a real challenge try a 3D puzzle that build things. Haven't ever finished one myself but it is defineately a challenge! Have Fun!
• United States
22 Sep 08
I used to like the challenge of a puzzle, but I am the type that wants to have something done within a day or two of starting it. If not, I get kind of bored with it. Would it help if you just set a goal of placing maybe 20 or 30 new pieces in your puzzle everyday? Set little goals within your bigger one, see if that helps. I am always surprised at how much I can get done that way.