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Plan 9 From Outer Space

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Plan 9 From Outer Space Piece together a movie poster from the 1959 science fiction horror movie, Plan 9 From Outer Space!  Plan 9 from Outer Space played on television in relative obscurity until 1980, when authors Harry Medved and Michael Medved dubbed it the “worst film ever made” in their book The Golden Turkey Awards. Wood and his film were posthumously given two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Director Ever and Worst Film. It has since been retrospectively described as “the epitome of so-bad-it’s-good cinema” and has gained a cult following. 500 PiecesFinished size: Approx. 48 cm x 34 cm / 19 in x 14 in

It provides a focus to talk about what improves in the image the hand-eye child coordination develops the child’s ability to streamline the recognition of size and / or form stimulates the steps taken by the child in a logical order places increases spatial insight Develops the ability of the child to later identify letters of the alphabet because puzzles help them to recognize them Encourages perseverance in completing an activity after it has started Creates the confidence and feeling of satisfaction of a child through the above puzzle to complete everything, making jigsaw puzzles is fun!

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Rock Saws: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Rock Saws: Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Rock Saws: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Part of the ROCK SAWS 1000 series, which features classic rock ‘n’ roll album cover art in a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle form!  Piece together your favorites or give one as a unique gift to the music lover in your life! 1000 PiecesFinished size: 57 cm x 57 cm / 22.4 in x 22.4 in

Are you a person who loves a good mystery? Me too, I also love jigsaw puzzles and you should know the two are now combined to make a mystery lovers life more challenging. These unique puzzles aptly name mystery jigsaw puzzles use the book to spin the tale but to get to the bottom of who dun it the answer lies within the puzzle itself, you cannot solve the mystery without it. There is just one more bit of sleuthing to do the puzzle doesn’t match the jigsaw picture on the box!

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Rock Saws: Def Leppard – Pyromania

Rock Saws: Def Leppard - Pyromania

Rock Saws: Def Leppard – Pyromania Part of the ROCK SAWS 500 series, which features classic rock ‘n’ roll album cover art in a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle form!  Piece together your favorites or give one as a unique gift to the music lover in your life! 500 PiecesFinished size: 39 cm x 39 cm / 15.4 in x 15.4 in

The American Academy of Pediatrics defines early childhood as the ages between one and five years, encompassing the toddler and pre-school periods. Early childhood development occurs rapidly and is widely recognized as extremely important in setting the foundation for future learning, including the social, cognitive, and motor skills needed to handle the demands of pre-school and kindergarten. During these formative years, parents and other caring people in their lives, have the ability to enhance this development by wisely choosing activities that stimulate and challenge their minds.

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Modern Times 21 – 9 Series

Modern Times 21 - 9 Series

Modern Times 21 – 9 Series A very difficult color-matching puzzle. The objective is to align the wheels or gears so that each one has a common touching color.  Each wheel is made so that it has small sections that have no cogs (teeth), which affects the way that each rotates relative to the others.   This puzzle has more wheels or gear than the 4 series versions, or the 6 series version, which makes it the most difficult in the series. Made with color anodized metal pieces and a decorative border. Made in laser-cut wood, acrylic, and stainless steel by Jean-Claude Constantin. Jean-Claude Constantin lives in Germany, where he designs and manufactures many different wood and metal puzzles, as well as magic tricks.

While there are a plethora of references regarding the benefits of reading books, playing games, etc., this article focuses on the value of wooden jigsaw puzzles as a catalyst for learning in early childhood. Even with the many electronic gizmos and gadgets, oftentimes children are attracted to simple things like a bouncy ball, interesting book and well designed, intriguing jigsaw puzzles.

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Al Fresco Italy

Al Fresco Italy

Al Fresco Italy Piecing together jigsaw puzzles is an activity for the whole family to enjoy together! Fully interlocking and randomly shaped pieces result in a truly pleasant puzzle building experience. Each jigsaw puzzle is produced with recycled materials on thick, premium quality board, so every completed puzzle is ready for mounting and framing. Contemporary artists create all of the beautiful artwork presented on our jigsaw puzzles. 1000 PiecesFinished size: Approx. 24 in x 30 in / 61 cm x 76 cmArt by: David Maclean

Wooden puzzles are an up-to-date version of a traditional toy, and are designed with education in mind. They are exceptional value for money considering the number of positive rewards you can get out of just one toy. It’s an activity that can be shared with friends or family, one which provides a tremendous sense of satisfaction when the last piece is fitted, making the child want to do the puzzle again and again.

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Country Inn & Farm

Country Inn & Farm

Country Inn & Farm Piecing together jigsaw puzzles is an activity for the whole family to enjoy together! Fully interlocking and randomly shaped pieces result in a truly pleasant puzzle building experience. Each jigsaw puzzle is produced with recycled materials on thick, premium quality board, so every completed puzzle is ready for mounting and framing. Contemporary artists create all of the beautiful artwork presented on our jigsaw puzzles. 1000 PiecesFinished size: Approx. 24 in x 30 in / 61 cm x 76 cmArt by: David Maclean

Provides a focus for chatting about what is shown in the picture Improves the child’s hand-eye coordination Develops the child’s ability to rationalize size/shape recognition Encourages the steps that are taken by the child in a logical sequencing process Enhances spatial awareness Develops the child’s ability to identify alphabet letters later because doing puzzles has helped them to recognize shapes Encourages perseverance in completing an activity once it is started Builds a child’s confidence and sense of achievement when they complete the puzzle Above all doing puzzles is fun!

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Wolf Song

Wolf Song

Wolf Song Piecing together jigsaw puzzles is an activity for the whole family to enjoy together! Fully interlocking and randomly shaped pieces result in a truly pleasant puzzle building experience. Each jigsaw puzzle is produced with recycled materials on thick, premium quality board, so every completed puzzle is ready for mounting and framing. Contemporary artists create all of the beautiful artwork presented on our jigsaw puzzles. 1000 PiecesFinished size: Approx. 68 cm x 49 cm / 27 in x 19 inArt by: Chris Hiett

The first thing you see when looking at any puzzle is the photo or illustration of the completed puzzle. On choosing, remember that the image should have some educational value but also be something the child can relate to. If the image is familiar to the child or fulfills the educational objective (like learning colours or naming objects), the experience of completing the puzzle will be all the more enjoyable, satisfying and productive. The image should be easily recognizable so the child can identify it as something they see around them in their everyday life. It should also have distinguishable features to help them decide where to put the piece so that it ends up in the right place.

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Memoir ’44: Terrain Pack

Memoir '44: Terrain Pack

Memoir ’44: Terrain Pack From the sand dunes of North Africa to the mountain passes of Northern Italy; from the Pripet Marshes of Southern Belarus to the high ground surrounding Operation Market Garden… Prior to WWII, never before in history had a conflict been fought by so many men over such vast expanses of land and so many different terrain types. As many of you have discovered, Memoir’44 is more than just a game, it is also a complete and expandable game system in its own right. With this in mind, we are pleased to bring you the Memoir’44 Terrain Pack Expansion. Filled to the brim with new terrain pieces, new elite unit badges, and additional victory medals, this expansion also includes dozens of new game elements, including rules for North African warfare, minefields, big gun markers, radar stations, supply depots, airfields and more. In order to make the North-African battles more realistic, you can use the Winter/Desert Board, sold separately. With the board, you will also find some simplified campaign rules to connect several battles into a campaign and Blitz rules to play the scenarios occurring in the early years of WWII Age:  8+.  

The simplicity of the puzzles is misleading. Although the concept is quite simple – finding the pieces and repairing them together – an amazing level of mental activity is required to complete the necessary steps to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are necessary to achieve what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to a general pattern. More importantly, solving puzzles is great work for the brain and can have therapeutic benefits.

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Rock Saws: Iron Maiden – Powerslave

Rock Saws: Iron Maiden - Powerslave

Rock Saws: Iron Maiden – Powerslave Part of the ROCK SAWS 500 series, which features classic rock ‘n’ roll album cover art in a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle form!  Piece together your favorites or give one as a unique gift to the music lover in your life! 500 PiecesFinished size: 39 cm x 39 cm / 15.4 in x 15.4 in

Trying to see how the pieces fit and re-assessing where they can go if they do not fit is a good exercise to check and re-evaluate the choices. Each piece can only come in one place, so there is no compromise and negotiation that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to continually re-evaluate his decisions and learns to be patient with the process because it is an integral part of the game.

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Small World: Realms

Small World: Realms

Small World: Realms Small World Realms features scores of puzzle-like geomorphic Terrain regions and a dozen new Scenarios, including such instant classics as The Rusted Throne and A Game of Gods. Players can also creatively combine the Terrain to build their own custom maps and scenarios making Realms the definitive world-building toolkit for Small World and Small World Underground fans alike. Small World Realms holds 48 geomorphic Terrain tiles: 26 of these are hexagonal-shaped Terrain tiles split in 3 Regions each; each Region corresponds to one of the Terrain type first introduced in Small World (on one side) and Small World Underground (on the other side). These tiles can be assembled puzzle-like in countless variations, at the players’ choice, or set according to one of the 12 custom scenarios presented in the rules booklet. The variety of Regions paired on these hex-shaped tiles, and the rotations that can be applied to each tile, make up for endless variations: Where two Terrain tiles juxtaposed to each other might present the players with neighboring Hill regions in one game, a Marsh might suddenly appear in the next scenario, with a simple twist of a Tile. An additional 22 Mountains, Abysmal Chasms and Peaks (Mountains of level 2), each the size of 1/3rd of a Terrain tile, combine to add even more variety to the Realms! Contains 48 Geomorphic Two-sided Terrain Tiles: 26 Geomorphic Hex-shaped Terrain tiles featuring 3 Regions each 12 Mountain tiles 6 Chasms 4 Peaks 12 Tunnels 10 Victory Coin Mines 8 Miscellaneous Tokens (Rusted Throne, etc.) 6 River Border Markers 1 Game Turn Track 1 Rules booklet with 12 Scenarios

Are you a person who loves a good mystery? Me too, I also love puzzles and you should know that the two are now being combined to make the life of a mysterious enthusiast more challenging. These original puzzles give the right name to mysterious puzzles. Use the book to run the story, but to find out who finds the answer in the puzzle itself, you can not solve the mystery without it. There is just a little more research needed to make the puzzle not match the image of the puzzle in the box!

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