Crafts & Hobbies Information

Creating A Family Tradition-Jigsaw Puzzles


Do you find it difficult to spend time together as a family?

There are so many pressures and activities that can take away from the sense of family which was more commonly experienced 50 years ago. Parents often both work, and their commute can be tiring and long. For children there is school and homework, TV, video games, and the computer to juggle with. This does not include outside the home activities such as belonging to sports teams and organizations. All of these factors mean that the family is not together so often. Many activities that occupy children nowadays are individualistic or non-social. Electronic forms of entertainment are now normal, but the disadvantage is that they are not conducive to social interaction and relationship building.

Parents increasingly have to plan to set aside time to spend as a family. During these times it is a good idea to plan activities that involve everyone. A great way of bonding is to do an activity where everyone works together to accomplish a project.

Doing a jigsaw puzzle together is a good example of this and has many benefits. Working on a jigsaw puzzle is a practical activity that all ages can participate in some way. Even younger children can be encouraged to help. They can sort the pieces into like colors, or look for particular pieces. They feel such a sense of accomplishment when they find the piece and help complete the section.

For children, a jigsaw puzzle has several learning applications. It develops spatial awareness and hand eye coordination. There are analytical, abstract, and concrete thinking skills that are needed to become adept at doing a jigsaw puzzle.

While the family is together around the puzzle, a relaxed natural environment is created for conversation and relationship building. It develops a sense of team as all participate.

Doing a jigsaw puzzle is also a great introduction to other types of hobbies and crafts that involve using hands and creating something. For the upcoming generation these types of crafts and hobbies are in danger of dying out as electronic entertainment increases in popularity and use.

I have fond memories of doing jigsaw puzzles with my family as a child. It became a family tradition especially during the winter months. Today, however, this can still be done but without the inconvenience of losing the use of the dining room table until the puzzle is completed. There are now puzzle mats and other new storage possibilities now available.

In comparison to the jigsaw puzzles that were around when I was a child, the jigsaw puzzles today are far more interesting and appealing. There are shaped puzzles, glowing, educational puzzles, and more complex puzzles for the experienced puzzler such as 3D and two sided puzzles.

Create a tradition for your family. Plan now and buy some jigsaw puzzles to bring out on a rainy or cold weekend and have a refreshing family bonding time .

I would recommend http://www.thepuzzlemania.com as a good place to order puzzles online and get prepared for family fun.

Barbara White, a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast, has a passion to revive family traditions. For more facts and trivia about jigsaw puzzles visit her blog and forum at http://www.thepuzzlemania.com , an online jigsaw puzzle store for all the families interests.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Stitch and Bitch
Madison.com
Thu, Sep 20 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Sep 27 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Oct 11 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Oct 18 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Oct 25 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Nov 1 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Nov 8 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Nov 15 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Nov 22 @ 3:30 pm · Thu, Nov ...



Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Open Studio
Madison.com
Stop into the Bubbler Room to meet the Bubbler's artist-in-residence Jacki Whisenant and learn more about Jacki and why she is wild about the wild things in this world! Draw with her or take on your own interpretation of creatures real and unreal with ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Focusing on healing
MyCentralJersey.com
The Wednesday after I started blogging again, I woke up with a sharp pain in my right eye. It was a wake-up call to focus on healing. I know some of you would love to read all the details about the physical problem, but I'm not going to share them.



Scientific Illustration Workshop: -- Tiny Things w/ Bubbler artist-in-residence
Madison.com
Join artist Jacki Whisenant in this workshop that will use FoldScopes (lightweight, portable microscopes that use a smartphone and a stage to see microscopic views of small objects). There are so many amazing things to explore in this world, and it is ...



Ancient Earthworks Society Series -- Petroforms with Diane Fox
Madison.com
Join your AES colleagues and guests at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 15 at the South Madison Library as researcher Diane Fox introduces us to petroforms (arranged and altered rocks) — an aspect of Wisconsin's ancient record that is both poorly ...



Live, Relax, Enjoy, Play - Zentangle Class (register early, limited space)
Madison.com
"Letting Go" (e.g., judgements, fear, worries, stress, regrets, etc.) stimulates the creative process. Bring your giggles (belly laughs too), "me" playtime attitude, and curiosity as you explore the creative process of ZIA (Zentangle inspired art ...



Wyld and Wooly -- Felted Soap Making
Madison.com
Master fiber-crafter and proprietor of Wyld and Wooly fiber arts, Faye Antolec leads this creative and fun craft where you'll learn the basics of wet felting, and leave the class with 3 of your own home-made felted soaps! Space is limited, call 824 ...



Canvas Throw Pillow Workshop
Madison.com
Throw pillows are an easy and chic way to update any chair/bed/room. Spend an evening DIY-ing something new for your apartment, house, or dorm room! Choose your desired pillow cover (we'll have multiple colors to choose from!), then embellish it using ...



MyCentralJersey.com (blog)

It's September; I'm back to blogging
MyCentralJersey.com (blog)
I took most of the summer off from blogging, in order to rest, do some spiritual stuff, and just take a break from knitting. Yes, you read that right. I actually went days at a time when I didn't knit at all. I actually had three chemo caps on the ...



Alicia Ashman Darn Yarn Group
Madison.com
Alicia Ashman Library hosts this club for crocheters, knitters, and other fiber-crafters. This group meets twice a month, on first and third Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the library. It's a great place to meet with other crafters, learn about ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2006