Sometimes jigsaws strike me as totally pointless, one of the biggest time wasters around and of limited value once a child has gone through a certain stage (while they might come into their own again in old age when you are trying to keep your mind active, they seem to have little value inbetween). And somehow we seem to have several of them acquired somehow!

But recently I’ve found they have great value. They can be a focus that attract not just children, but teenagers, spouses, even visitors. And as a “focus” for people to hang out together they provide opportunity to spend time together and maybe talk. Now that is something valuable!

Somehow working on something, being drawn together by a common goal, doing something a bit like a game (but more relaxing if you don’t like competition) are just the right conditions for people to get down to some good soul sharing. Often I think teenagers want your company, but don’t know how to ask (or even know what they want to do with you now they are all grown up!) but with a puzzle they have an excuse to stop by.

So for now I wont be throwing the ‘unwanted’ puzzle gifts out! And next time someone pulls one off the shelf I’ll be a little quicker to join in and help!

Posted anonymously, 19th June 2016

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  • There is no mistaking the benefits of puzzles in childhood development. You used them, your parents used them and your children are using them now. Give your child the opportunity to continue learning from simple shapes, to silhouettes, to jigsaw puzzles, to abstract shapes united by a mathematical concept that include a board game twist.


  • When I was a child we had a special large piece of timber we assembled a jigsaw puzzle on. We didn’t have enough space to leave it on our only table so we put it in the living room on a card table where we are work on it. We often do it on Sunday nights in Winter in front of our open fire with a special screen in front of it – not too close of course.


  • My boys grew up with puzzles that we all worked on it together on a coffee table. Some would take a few days to complete & we all felt we contributed in completing them.


  • They’re also great for spatial awareness and problem solving skills. I love puzzles.


  • My Youngest who is three has just came across jig saws. He really loves the floor ones that come in huge pieces especially for toddlers.. I am amazed how he manages to so them with little help..


  • Jigsaws are aloy of fun, thinking back to my childhood we would spend hours playing with jigsaws!

    • We did too and now continue the tradition – just love puzzles!


  • All ages love puzzles in this family. Puzzles are brilliant for the development of critical thinking, visual problem solving of multiple items/pieces, fine motor development and control, opportunities for the development of language and communication and so much more….. They are perfect for rainy days and for family get togethers. We enjoy them over the holidays and they are good for anyone recovering from illness. Glad you have discovered how useful and fun they can be in a family. Enjoy!


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