Happy National Puzzle Day
January 29, 2018 4:29pm CST
January 29th is National Puzzle day and to celebrate, I have been working on my winter jig saw puzzle. Last year I completed one on different types of birds. This year I am ambitiously putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle of Sanibel and Captiva Islands located in the state of Florida. I find them very relaxing although my brain is getting quite a workout! "Studies have found that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we use both sides of the brain, and spending time daily working on puzzles improves memory, cognitive function and problem-solving skills." Other puzzles like word search and crosswords help increase our vocabulary. The first jig saw puzzle was made in 1760 by engraver and cartographer John Spilsbury of London. The early puzzles were made of wood. The name "jigsaw" came to be associated with the puzzle around 1880. Cardboard jigsaw puzzles appeared during the late 1800s, but were not immediately accepted over the wood ones due to the manufacturer's belief that cardboard puzzles would be viewed as being of inferrior quality. "Jigsaw puzzles soared in popularity during the Great Depression, as they provided a cheap, long-lasting, recyclable form of entertainment." Now that you know a little history behind the jigsaw puzzle and its rise in popularity, tell me, do you enjoy doing puzzles? When is the last time you attempted one? What kinds are your favorites? Source- www.NationalDayCalendar.com Photo- google images/Amazon.com
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I haven't done a real one in some time, but I have a program on my computer that can make a jigsaw from any image, so I do them on the computer often - like every day! I need to get out the card table and start a jigsaw puzzle. I have two that have never been opened.
I enjoyed doing puzzles when I was a kid and when I had the time to do so. When I start something I want to finish it and I won't stop working till I do. And since I know that puzzles take time, I just don't indulge in it anymore because I don't have such time.
When my Mom was living and was in Florida for the winter she had a table out on the patio where there was a crossword to work on. Every once in awhile I would see if I could find some pieces to the puzzle. I bet that was the start to my own puzzle habit today[.