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So, whatcha doin’ on January 29? How about…a jigsaw puzzle??
If this wasn’t on your agenda this week, it should be! January 29 is National Puzzle Day. And, since puzzles are such a great way to incorporate cooperative learning while sharpening the ol’ noggin, we think we should all jump on the bandwagon of celebrating this holiday. Who’s in?
Need more convincing?
“Doing jigsaw puzzles can help build cognitive skills like visual processing, logic and reasoning, attention, and processing speed,” says Kristen Thompson, owner of LearningRx, a brain training center in Kennesaw, Georgia, that helps students overcome learning struggles. Puzzles rank at the top of their list for an impactful way to improve critical thinking.
Did You Know???
And now, here for your puzzling pleasure, are some random facts about puzzles that would impress even Alex Trebek:
· Jigsaw puzzles originated in the 1760s when maps were pasted onto wood and dissected.
· In 2008, more than 15,000 people in Ravensburg, Germany, assembled a nearly 6,500-square-foot puzzle in town square. The puzzle had 1,141,800 pieces.
· In the 1930s, puzzle manufacturer Einson Freeman convinced a toothbrush company to give away a puzzle with every toothbrush purchase. More than one million toothbrushes sold.
· No one is sure who invented National Puzzle Day, but there are various clubs dedicated to the love of puzzles.
There are lots of places online where kids can do jigsaw puzzles for free! Here’s a good starting place:
There is also a great selection of high quality puzzles for all ages available on-line from our sponsor, The School Box: