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5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles

2013-05-14 by Melissa & Doug
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Does your child love to play with puzzles? Share these fun facts as a family!

5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles *If your family likes puzzle play, then your puzzlers will love these puzzle fun facts on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

  1. The first jigsaw puzzle was created in 1767 when John Spilsbury, an English cartographer, chopped up a wooden map of Britain and challenged the public to reassemble it. He called it a “dissected puzzle.”
  2. Jigsaw puzzles got their name because they were originally built by painting pictures on large sheets of wood, then using a jigsaw to cut out the pieces.
  3. While jigsaw puzzles have always been popular, they were most prevalent during the Great Depression among bored, down-on-their-luck folks looking for cheap ways to pass their time.
  4. If you’re up to the challenge, the Double Retrospect is the largest jigsaw puzzle ever made with 32,000 pieces spanning 17 feet. Creator Keith Haring estimates it will take about 400 hours to complete.
  5. Recent studies show that solving puzzles and practicing a second language every day can reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, improve cognitive function, and ward off memory loss.

5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles *If your family likes puzzle play, then your puzzlers will love these puzzle fun facts on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Puzzle play is terrific for developing dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. What are your favorite puzzles to share with your kids: jigsaws, crosswords, or mazes? What creative ways have you found to use your puzzles?

→ Click HERE to check out 3 creative activities that guest blogger Jamie of Hands On As We Grow found to play – using 1 puzzle!

5 Fun Facts: Puzzling over Puzzles *If your family likes puzzle play, then your puzzlers will love these puzzle fun facts on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

→ Share your puzzle play photos with us on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug!

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