Whether you’re looking for a fun way to pass the time on a rainy Sunday afternoon or you want a hobby the whole family can enjoy, jigsaw puzzles are a great way to challenge yourself and bond with others. But beyond nostalgia and family togetherness time, jigsaw puzzles have many more benefits.
According to USA Today, children and adults who work on jigsaw puzzles improved their memory, had better problem-solving skills, improved visual-spatial reasoning, and increased their IQ.
For adults specifically, working on jigsaw puzzles has been shown to help delay Alzheimer’s and dementia by keeping the mind active and warding off brain cell damage. There have even been studies that have shown the earlier a person begins working on puzzles, the longer they can delay the onset of degenerative brain diseases.
We also love working on jigsaw puzzles as a way to reduce stress and improve our mood. Similar to the increase in popularity of adult coloring books, the return of jigsaw puzzles in the older years has shown that there’s a market for people who want to unplug, destress, and find a new wireless way to challenge themselves and relax.
If you’re ready to start reaping the benefits of jigsaw puzzles, we have three great options to get you started.
1. Ravensburger Bizarre Bookshop Jigsaw Puzzle
From the bestselling Ravensburger puzzle company is the Bizarre Bookshop Jigsaw Puzzle, which brings to life a colorful and curious bookshop filled with fantastical creatures and a library of wonder through 1000 pieces. Made with thick and durable puzzle board, the Ravensburger puzzle is glare-free and has virtually no puzzle dust. Using Soft Click Technology, every piece makes a soft click noise when properly inserted, letting users know they’ve pieced their puzzle together properly.
Pros: Unlike other puzzles, every piece of a Ravensburger puzzle is completely unique.
Cons: There are 1,000 pieces to assemble, making this more adult-friendly than kid-friendly.
2. Buffalo Games Signature Collection Cinque Terre
Recreate the stunning Italian coastline with the Buffalo Games Signature Collection Cinque Terre, which uses 1,000 pieces to create a masterpiece. Made in the U.S.A. from recycled puzzle board, the Cinque Terre easily snaps together using Buffalo Games Perfect Snap connection.
Pros: A bonus poster is included with your puzzle to use as reference and doubles as wall art.
Cons: The finished sized of the Cinque Terre is 26.75 x 19.75 inches, making makes it the largest puzzle on our list, which may be challenging to fit on some tables.
3. Buffalo Games The Cats of Charles Wyoscki
Celebrate the art of Charles Wyoscki with Buffalo Games and the puzzle ‘Frederick the Literate,’ which brings together cat lovers, book lovers and puzzle lovers. The trifecta! The puzzle comes with a bonus poster to make it easy to follow along while building your puzzle and uses Buffalo Games’ Perfect Snap construction.
Pros: The puzzle is environmentally friendly thanks to its construction on recycled puzzle board and removal of all plastics from the box.
Cons: The 750-piece puzzle is the smallest on our list, making it a great introductory puzzle for beginners or for people working in a smaller space, with the full-sized puzzle measuring 24 x 18 inches.