Written by Liza Hartung
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Honestly, who did not have puzzles while growing up? The very first ones we ever come across seem to be those hollow boxes with different shaped holes in the side. Then you try to take your different shaped blocks and put them in the correct holes. There you have your first puzzle. From there, we generally move to a very basic puzzle. One of those ones where the pieces don't even connect, but it's still fun. It's just a few pieces in the shape of animals or cars and you place them in the correct spots.

Pieces of Puzzles

I had a blast doing puzzles growing up. I know it doesn't sound particularly exciting, but when you get one of those going, you almost get possessed. My grandfather had one going all the time. Every once in a while he would spray glue it and have it framed. I remember he and my grandmother were working on one that was almost entirely blue, and both sides of the pieces were painted. I didn't know where to begin with that one.

One major suggestion I have about a puzzle is to not give it a hug. I know this sounds ridiculous, but my grandmother did this one time. My whole family had taken an evening and put together this huge, beautiful puzzle. When we were all done we stood back to admire our work. My grandmother, her age beginning to affect her, told us all how much she loved it and she picked it up and gave it a big hug. Obviously, our hard work crumbled a bit, but it was funny.

I think my favorite kinds are the ones for younger kids. The pieces are big so you don't have to squint at everything. The puzzle is big so it takes you some time to complete. Puzzles are great because they require a great deal of concentration and focus. They help center and stimulate the mind.

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