Happy 2020, puzzlers! Sorry it’s been so long since you’ve seen anything on jigsaw puzzles for adults. We have had a lot going on. Jane has retired, and I am finally taking over in her stead. My name is Ally. I’m a long-time puzzler living in the St. Louis metro. I wanted to kick things off with a little introduction, and then get to what’s on my mind!
I was speaking with a friend recently and puzzling came up, like it does. I said something about the health benefits of puzzling, and he was curious about that aspect. It led me to doing a little research. Aside from just being a relaxing way to spend some time for those who are so inclined, there are some actual neurological health benefits. There have been numerous studies in recent years detailing how puzzling can help in early brain development, contribute to relaxation and collaboration in adults, and also benefit seniors in maintaining brain health.
There is some good information about the benefits of puzzling online with our friends at PuzzleWarehouse, MasterPieces, and Springbok as well.
This Spring and Summer, my family is going to be spending a lot more time at home than usual. We have put some travel plans on hold, which means we’re not hitting the usual science museums, historical locations, art exhibits, and zoos. I have teenage sons, so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge getting their noses out of the computers and video games and more engaged in doing things together at home.
I think this is a perfect time to ease them into puzzling with some things they will enjoy. They are both really into classical history, so I think we will start with some of these great 4D Cityscape puzzles of the ancient world. We’re going to tackle Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.
The first layer on each puzzle is a historical jigsaw map, with about 600 pieces. Finished size is 15″ x 22″ so plenty of room to work these on the living room table. Once the puzzle part is done, you have a set of replica monuments and buildings. Rome has things like the Theater of Pompey, The Pantheon, and the Colosseum. Greece features the Trojan Horse, Temple of Asklepios, and Knossas Palace. After you’re done building, there’s a 4D National Geographic App that lets you interact with the puzzle and see images and facts about the locations. There’s even an interactive triva program if you want to test your knowledge.
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