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When you think of piecing together a puzzle, you typically think of something to just kind of pass the time, a hobby, or a rainy afternoon activity for the family to work on together. Not only is it fun and you get a picture that you have pieced together, but you also get a sense of accomplishment.
So why are these jigsaw puzzles that give you a sense of accomplishment when finished so expensive? Why are some puzzles more expensive than others?
The major factor when it comes to puzzle prices is not just the material quality but the size of the puzzle as well as what the puzzle is made of. If you purchase a puzzle made with wooden pieces, your price will be greater than if you purchased a puzzle made of paper instead.
In addition, if you purchase a smaller puzzle of 100 pieces, typically the cost will not be as much as a 1,000 or 10,000 piece puzzle.
The average cost for a normal jigsaw puzzle is around $16 and an expected spending range for puzzles is anywhere from $11-$20.
The price of the puzzle does not necessarily mean that the puzzle is bigger however. For instance, a six foot floor puzzle most likely will cost less or close to the same price as a 1,000 piece puzzle.
The floor puzzle pieces are much larger and cost less in the cutting process than cutting a 1,000 pieces of a much smaller puzzle.
Another factor in the pricing process is the picture that is on the puzzle. Name brand puzzles like Kinkade, Ravensburger, etc. will typically be more expensive than other generic brands simply for the namesake.
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Are There Benefits To Doing A Jigsaw Puzzle?
From the 25 piece to the 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles there are great benefits from sitting down and completing a puzzle.
Some of the biggest benefits you will get when doing a puzzle are
- Increasing your brain function/memory
- Get extra attention to detail
- Helps with teamwork
Of course those are just a couple of the benefits of putting a puzzle together. I will cover those in more detail and some additional ones below.
Here are a few of the benefits of jigsaw puzzles.
Puzzles use both the left and right side of your brain simultaneously
The left side of your brian is logical, and the right side is creative. Working on a puzzle flexes your brain’s left side by wanting to organize the loose pieces and piece them together. The right side gets flexed by seeing the creativity of the puzzle’s image come together right before your eyes.
Working together you feel a sense of achievement and get a great brain workout.
Gain great attention to detail
Solving a puzzle helps to hone in on your attention to detail. When you are searching through the pieces, you get a feel for what is on each individual piece and even sometimes place the pieces according to color schemes, clothing, facial features, and other details that you didn’t even realize until you were finished sorting.
These tiny pieces that you honed in on to separate help to refine your attention to every day details.
Improve short-term memory
The process of starting and completing a puzzle reinforces the connections between your brain cells that improve mental speed. When you pick up a piece, you remember where the other piles are of similar pieces which helps you exercise the part of the brain that improves your short-term memory.
If you already have great short-term memory, then this will just help to maintain it.
Can increase productivity
While you may think that doing a puzzle will decrease productivity because you are spending your time piecing together a puzzle, it actually helps to develop the skill of focussing. Puzzles promote long term engagement, for there is no instant gratification with completing a puzzle.
They typically take quite some time giving the sense of a job well done staying focused on one project for a certain amount of time.
Better with teamwork
While some may choose to relax and do a puzzle themselves, there is a great sense of teamwork when completing a puzzle with others. You share pieces and work on sections together creating a sense of comradery.
It can also help to improve communication; there is nothing more annoying in puzzling than someone “sitting on” the piece that you have been trying to find for the last few minutes.
Are 1,000 Piece Puzzles Really 1,000 Pieces?
The term 1,000 piece puzzle may seem a bit daunting as that is certainly a lot of pieces to put together. But has anyone ever actually counted the puzzle pieces to see how many are actually in a 1,000 piece puzzle?
While the outside of the box may advertise that there are 1,000 pieces in a puzzle, it may not always contain exactly 1,000 pieces. Sometimes there will be irregularly sized pieces so there might be more or less than 1,000 pieces on any given puzzle.
Puzzles are made by placing the picture in a grid. Once in the grid it is cut into many different sizes and shaped pieces to make up the puzzle.
However, if there are smaller than normal pieces, or the shape is not rectangular or square, it could result in fewer than 1,000 pieces.
Since it was cut in the typical 1,000 puzzle grid, it is labeled as 1,000 pieces. So if you decide to count and find you are a few pieces short of 1,000 but your picture is complete, it is due to the irregular pieces that make up the jigsaw puzzle.
What Can You Do With A Jigsaw Puzzle When You Are Finished?
If you have just finished your jigsaw puzzle you might be wondering what to do with it next. Afterall you just spent hours working on it so what are your options?
There really are just two things to do when you finish a puzzle, you either take apart the puzzle and put it in its box for another day, or you leave it together and keep the masterpiece you have finished.
The puzzle unfortunately takes up a great deal of space on your table, so how exactly do you showcase your great accomplishment if you don’t want to take it apart?
The best way to preserve your finished masterpiece puzzle is to place it in a frame. There is also puzzle glue that has been created to help hold it together and make it easier to place it in the frame.
If you already have some mod podge on hand, that works well to glue the puzzle together too.
Make sure your puzzle surface is clean and the surface beneath is something that won’t get ruined if some glue seeps through the spaces in the puzzle. Next, apply the glue very liberally over the puzzle.
You’ll want to spread it evenly ensuring that the whole puzzle gets the glue, especially the cracks between the pieces. Make sure to smooth the glue so you don’t have any bubbles that will appear later.
Once the puzzle is dry, if it feels solid enough to you, feel free to place it in the frame. If it isn’t as sturdy as you would like, feel free to add another coat of glue or glue the other side until you are satisfied.
If displaying the puzzle isn’t something that you’d be interested in, another option is to donate your puzzle after putting it back in the box. There are always people out there looking for a puzzle to complete.
Whether you donate it to your local thrift store, charity, shelter, school or library, someone else will greatly appreciate your puzzle and having the opportunity to put it together.