Jigsaw Puzzles have endured for over 200 years; engaging and overwhelming families for generations. Yet what is it about the puzzle that captivates the mind?
Besides the mental benefits of testing and strengthening the mind in putting together the different pieces, the primary purpose was educational. In the 1760s John Spilsbury designed a wooden puzzle for teaching children geography. It was a breakthrough but it would not be for a little over a hundred years before technology let them be mass-produced.
The jigsaw puzzle boom came during the Great Depression when they were affordable to produce and provided hours of entertainment. Advertisers elevated them with their products for free publicity and people could indulge themselves with minimal expense. The man became used to the jigsaw and as a hobby it has been able to endure today, becoming a distinct activity for bringing families together and giving something to do when the power goes out. It has been a great escape from depressing Covid-19 News in 2020.
The purity of a jigsaw is unique in that anyone can pick it up and begin working without any inconvenience. Sure color gradation and the number of pieces may be a test, but the human mind is regularly putting pieces of information together and a puzzle is no different.
Strategies have been expanded to simplify the conclusion of jigsaws. Some of the more basic tips are to separate the corner and edge pieces from the middle pieces and then assemble the exterior. This way you have the framework and size appropriately scoped out. Another simple idea is to sort the inner pieces by colors or by theme. Leaves and trees look separate from sky and ocean pieces. These two simple tips can make jigsaws so much easier.
When a puzzle is finished, you could call it a work of art. The completed picture makes an attractive decoration and many people hang them up when they are finished. Of course, first, you need to buy puzzle glue and a puzzle frame (optional) so it does not fall apart.