Top 10 Summer Jigsaw Puzzles!

Summer has arrived and we have put together our top 10 favourite summer puzzles.  With the long warm evenings there is no better way to relax at the end of a day than with a Jigsaw.

Sunflower Garden – 1000 Pieces by Falcon de Luxe
Sunflower Garden

Sunflower Garden

The Sunflower Garden is the title of this beautifully illustrated 1000 piece Falcon de luxe jigsaw puzzle which represents the stunning flowers and varied wildlife that can be found in a garden. The puzzle image expresses an array of plants, insects and animals, all of which bring the image to life. But the main attraction of this puzzle is the big beautiful sunflowers that have sprung to life.

The very talented artist Anne Searle, who is one of Falcon’s most popular artists, has painted this beautiful scenic jigsaw puzzle image

Happy Days Scarborough – 1000 Pieces by Ravensburger
Happy Days - Scarborough

Happy Days – Scarborough

This nostalgic 1960’s scene shows the view from Scarborough’s South Cliff Gardens across South Bay and beyond. Holidaymakers enjoy the sun and fresh air, taking in the fresh air and the wonderful view. The impressive 19th century Grand Hotel dominates the skyline, with the Spa buildings below. In the distance we get a glimpse of the Futurist Theatre (now sadly closed), harbour and castle beyond. Scarborough claims to be Britain’s first true seaside resort and over the years has built a reputation as a hub for music and the creative arts.

Butterfly House – 1000 Pieces by Gibsons
Butterfly House

Butterfly House

 

A kaleidoscope of colourful species from all over the world live in the butterfly house. Visitors can follow a trail through the flowers, vines and foliage as butterflies fly over head. The Butterfly House is full of vibrant flowers, glistening chrysalises and busy feeding stations. Conditions have to be just right to keep the butterflies happy and flying at their best. With temperatures of 27 degrees by day, this truly is a tropical environment.

 

Deckchair Dreaming – 500 Pieces by Gibsons
Deckchair Dreaming

Deckchair Dreaming

 

Who said being a grandparent was easy? After a busy morning entertaining the grandchildren, it’s finally time for Grandad and get some well-earned rest in the afternoon sunshine.

 

 

Norfolk Broads – 1000 Pieces by Falcon de Luxe
Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

 

Norfolk broads is the title of this captivating 1000 piece Falcon de luxe jigsaw puzzle. The stunning image captures a Norfolk broad with beautiful wildlife covering the front of the image. The image also features people walking past a spectacular windmill in the background with a crisp detailed rainbow just over it.

 

 

Staithes – 1000 Pieces by Gibsons
Staithes

Staithes

Any visitor to the town of Staithes is going to be astounded by how much history such a small place can have. Staithes is famous for its past fishing industry and hundreds of years of mineral production, an industry that continues to this present day. Staithes is nestled between the sea and the North York moors.

At the foot of the village is a beautiful small harbour, sheltered by high cliffs, piers and rock armour. A small fleet of brightly painted cobles can usually be found here. These are the traditional fishing vessels of this coast and are used by local fishermen to catch crabs, lobsters and cod.

I Love Summer – 1000 Pieces by Gibsons
I Love Summer

I Love Summer

Britain’s premier cartoon illustrator, Mike Jupp, continues to delight jigsaw puzzle fans year after year and his ‘I Love’ range cannot fail to amuse both young and old. I Love Summer, details Mike’s hilarious capacity to capture the comical and ridiculous side of everyday life. The chaotic commotion of British summer is shown in this jam packed puzzle, where all things summer-like have gathered, from baby-carrying seagulls to ominous thunderstorms – the glory of a Great British summer is portrayed in the most hilarious way possible.

Summer by the Stream- 1000 Pieces by Gibsons
Summer by the Stream

Summer by the Stream

Summer days in this picturesque 1950s village are always bustling with activity. Fishing in the stream, harvesting vegetables in the garden, and nattering with friends are the order of the day in this cheerful scene.

Hummingbird Garden – 500XL Pieces by Jumbo
Hummingbird Garden

Hummingbird Garden

 

Hummingbird garden is the title of this beautiful jumbo Premium Collection jigsaw puzzle of some very colourful hummingbirds and flowers.  The pieces in th

is 500XL puzzle are twice the size of a standard piece.

 

 

Cinque Terre, Italy – 200XL Pieces by Jumbo
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

 

Cinque Terre is the title of this wonderful jumbo Premium Collection jigsaw puzzle of the beautiful location in Italy, cinque Terre.

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed our top summer jigsaws and you can find them all online or in store at The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store  Follow our Facebook page for all the latest puzzle updates, new arrivals and competitions!

 

 

Falcon de Luxe Summer Arrivals

Falcon de Luxe

Falcon de Luxe Summer Arrivals are here. The six new releases are the beautiful 1000 piece puzzles Sunflower Garden, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Wartime Morning, Autumn Green and Map of the Lake District.  There is also a new 500 piece puzzle called Happy Puppies.  These add to the lovely adult jigsaw collection from Falcon that we have in store.

 

The Sunflower Garden – 1000 Pieces

The Sunflower Garden - 1000 Pieces

The Sunflower Garden – 1000 Pieces

 

The Sunflower Garden is the title of this beautifully illustrated 1000 piece puzzle by Falcon de luxe which represents the stunning flowers and varied wildlife that can be found in a garden. The puzzle image expresses an array of plants, insects and animals, all of which bring the image to life. But the main attraction of this puzzle is the big beautiful sunflowers that have sprung to life.  The very talented artist Anne Searle, who is one of Falcon’s most popular artists, has painted this beautiful scenic jigsaw puzzle image.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – 1000 Pieces

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - 1000 Pieces

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – 1000 Pieces

 

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the title of this captivating 1000 piece Falcon de luxe jigsaw puzzle. The stunning image captures the annual series of military tattoos performed by the British armed forces, Commonwealth and international military bands as well as the artistic performance teams in the Edinburgh castle. It captures the stunning display of celebration fireworks and honouree between the British and the Scottish.  This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle has been illustrated by the very talented artist Steve Crisp.

 

Wartime Morning – 1000 Pieces

Wartime Morning

Wartime Morning – 1000 Pieces

 

Wartime Morning is a delightful 1000 piece puzzle, which is part of the Falcon de luxe Nostalgia collection. The puzzle image displays people in a remarkable village starting their morning journey during the war.  A lovely old fashioned example of how people would still get on with their everyday lives regardless of the war going on.  This picturesque 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle has been illustrated by the very talented artist Vic McLindon.

 

Autumn Garden – 1000 Pieces

Autumn Garden

Autumn Garden – 1000 Pieces

 

Autumn Garden is the title of this beautifully illustrated 1000 piece Falcon de luxe jigsaw puzzle which represents the stunning flowers and varied wildlife that can be found in a countryside garden. The puzzle image expresses an array of plants, insects and animals, all of which bring the image to life.

The very talented artist Claire Comerford, who is one of Falcon’s most popular artists, has painted this beautiful scenic jigsaw puzzle image.

 

Map of the Lake District – 1000 Pieces

Map of the Lake District - 1000 Pieces

Map of the Lake District – 1000 Pieces

 

This 1000 piece jigsaw map of the lake District from Falcon de luxe is a highly detailed birds-eye view of the lake District and features landmarks in this great mountainous region. Brought to life by the extremely talented artist Adrian Chesterman, you can enjoy piecing together many of the popular areas within the Lake District.

 

 

Happy Puppies – 500 Pieces

Happy Puppies - 500 Pieces

Happy Puppies – 500 Pieces

 

Happy Puppies is the title of this delightful 500 piece jigsaw puzzle which is part of the Falcon de luxe nostalgia collection. The puzzle image captures charming little puppies in various locations and positions. The puppies look so cute you wish they’d be one of your own. One puppy for this jigsaw would not be enough, perfect for any dog lover. This picturesque 500 piece puzzle has been illustrated by the very talented artist Sarah Adams.

 

 

If you would like to look through our full range of jigsaw puzzles from Falcon de Luxe please visit us at The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store.

 

 

The Benefits Of Jigsaws In Childhood Development

When we think of a jigsaw there is a tendency to remember scattered childhood hours spent safely ensconced indoors when the elements conspired to make more active outdoor pursuits redundant.

The reality is that jigsaws can be an extremely important development tool for children even from a very young age, and that doing jigsaw puzzles can actively stimulate and improve cognitive function in a variety of ways. Studies show that children who were encouraged to play with jigsaws from just two years old show improved spatial skills compared to their peers and that by the age of five a child who used jigsaw puzzles a couple of times a week performed complex tasks with much greater ease than one who had not.

Moreover, many of the skills developed are those sought after in particularly specialised trades, such as architecture,engineering, technology and mathematics but there is also evidence which underlines that jigsaws can be important in helping to encourage a child to broaden their creative abilities within more aesthetic areas such as art and design.

So, what are the elements that come together to make jigsaws such an excellent learning platform and how do we ensure that we harness this potential to help our children get the best start we can give them?

 

Firstly, let’s look at the sort of skills required to complete a jigsaw, and how such skills can be beneficial throughout a child’s life.

Jigsaws challenge us to use a far wider range of abilities than most traditional toys and puzzles. They test spatial awareness, colour recognition and reasoning in terms of whether a piece will fit with those around it. They test our motor skills and coordination – can we manipulate and fine-tune our movements to fit the pieces together? Logic, deduction and memory are vital to recognise similar colours or shapes which may fit a certain space and perseverance and patience are ultimately rewarded once a challenge has been completed, whether it be finishing the jigsaw entirely or simply finding that one piece that seems to help all the rest fall into place!

How many of our children’s’ other toys provide such a variety of skills all being developed and tested in conjunction with one another? If you were to ask most children if they wanted to do some problem-solving activities, logic puzzles or motor-skills tests they would quite rightly look at you as though you were alien; but pop a jigsaw down in front of them and they’d probably be happily doing all of the above without a moment’s hesitation.

Don’t forget that jigsaws don’t necessarily have to be a solo venture, particularly with younger children. Parents or carers should be actively encouraging youngsters to work either with them or with other children to complete a jigsaw puzzle as this promotes cooperation and the development of social interaction which can be key skills in shaping a child’s early development path.

In combination, these factors all make go to make learning fun, and most people would agree that learning is often far more effective when it is enjoyable.

Jigsaws also inherently encourage the user to follow a basic learning cycle which is not only popular with teachers but has also been adopted as the core mechanic behind what a lot of businesses seek to maintain..

This cycle looks a little like this:

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So in terms of our jigsaw, the child is using each of the above processes in sequence from the moment they pick up the first piece of the puzzle until it is completed. By the time they reach school age and then subsequently move on into adulthood it is a cycle they will have become familiar and comfortable with. Even though a child will generally view a jigsaw as simply another from of play, there are very few other forms of play which are as progressive or can actively develop so many fundamental skills that can be carried forward for the remainder of their lives.

 

In summary, we can see that jigsaws can help a child build and broaden three key skill sets in unison, with physical skills, cognitive ability and emotional well-being all catered for, but how do we ensure that our children get the most from these opportunities?

We’ve already established making learning fun is very important. A child will naturally be more interested in a jigsaw which contains subject matter that appeals to him or her. Getting them to attempt a variety of different jigsaws puzzles over time is fine in terms of keeping the challenge fresh, but be wary of overwhelming them.

Equally it is important to ensure the jigsaw offers the right level of challenge. Whilst most jigsaws for children carry an age guide these can be very general and children develop at differing rates so it is important to ensure that the jigsaw puzzle is sufficiently taxing to bring a real sense of achievement on completion, but not so hard as to cause the child to discard it completely.

Jigsaws can also be beneficial to a child’s general well-being, allowing them a period of quiet and relaxation in what can be a busy and confusing world at times and bringing a sense of achievement on completion which reinforces their sense of self-worth. With that in mind it is important to help them only if it is clear that such help would be appreciated, nothing spoils an activity more for a child than having a meddling adult stealing their fun!

It may even be fun to attempt a jigsaw of your own whilst your child completes theirs. Children love to copy their elders and much of what they learn in their formative years comes from such mimicry and through shared experiences. Completing jigsaws together is an excellent opportunity for some gentle social interaction with a child whilst they learn but be careful not to allow them to become too distracted (or yourself too engrossed) by what you are doing!

If you are interested in buying a jigsaw for your child, why not have a look at our wide range of Children’s and Educational Puzzles!

 

 

 

How Jigsaws Can Help With Dementia

To some of us the jigsaw is an old childhood friend which kept us occupied for hours (and out of our parents’ hair) on rainy days or long journeys.

Jigsaws however are being credited with a far greater therapeutic effect than simply relieving boredom as there is increasing evidence that they can be a major contributory factor in delaying or even reversing the effects of dementia.

Whilst we are not suggesting the jigsaw has become a magical cure-all for those affected by Alzheimer’s, there are a number of ways in which doing jigsaw puzzles can clearly benefit sufferers. We have outlined below just a few of these benefits.

 

Doing jigsaw puzzles can help improve cognitive function.

Researchers have found that sufferers who worked on a puzzle just a couple of times a week for around three-quarters of an hour at a time displayed either improved memory capacity and recollection or a marked reduction or slowing of overall decline. Building puzzles actually stimulates both sides of the brain with the left side providing logic and order whilst the right side brings creativity and intuition, all of which are applied in the process of putting together a jigsaw. Jigsaws are a popular learning tool to help children develop their ability to recognise shapes and colours, to apply elementary reasoning and introduce concepts such as the process of elimination and dementia sufferers can similarly benefit from practicing these skills.  

 

It improves visual perception.

With Alzheimer’s there is also often a decline in eyesight and puzzle building involves searching for pieces which match a combination of specific shapes, colours and patterns so this helps build visual acuity as well as exercising the short-term memory. Scanning for the pieces of a jigsaw is an almost constant process and in some instances can provide a gentle work-out for the eye muscles to help maintain ocular health.

 

It offers increased social interaction.

Dementia is often aligned with a sense of loneliness or separation from the world, so completing a puzzle with friends or family members gives them a wonderful opportunity to chat and spend time with others whilst both encouraging collaboration within a group and giving a sense of shared accomplishment.

 

Puzzles help relaxation.

Jigsaw puzzles can be very relaxing, as mentioned above doing puzzles exercises both sides of the brain and this can help calm people down who are easily agitated and bring a sense of focus for those who are often restless. So whilst a jigsaw puzzle requires concentration, concentrating the mind actually brings relaxation which brings greater contentment.

 

It can improve general well-being.  

Relaxation, which we’ve touched on above, can help dementia sufferers with their breathing, heart rate and also reduce their blood pressure which are key factors to better general health. Not only can doing jigsaw puzzles help in this regard, but they can also give a sense of accomplishment and pride. Many with Alzheimer’s become frustrated that they are no longer able to do tasks they once took for granted, so rebuilding their confidence in their own abilities through completing puzzles helps re-instil a sense of purpose. In addition jigsaws help strengthen spatial and visual skills and can help dementia sufferers to combat a decline in coordination and manual dexterity. It is often said that the simplest pleasures in life are the best and the enjoyment of completing a jigsaw puzzle in itself can go a long way to improving their sense of well-being.

 

So, the above is just a glimpse of the ways jigsaw puzzles can help those with dementia, but there are certain things we still need to take into consideration when deciding what kind of puzzle will help; no two dementia cases will necessarily be the same and it is important to keep the needs of the individual in mind.

Firstly choose the puzzle carefully. Whilst children’s puzzles will probably be too easily completed try to avoid anything too complex, a jigsaw puzzle needs to be challenging but not impossible. Simpler puzzles may be appropriate where the Alzheimer’s has become more advanced but still needs to stimulate the intended recipient.  Also bear in mind that Alzheimer sufferers often struggle with impaired vision so it may be worth covering the table or work-surface with a cloth which offers a good contrast against the pieces so they are easier to see. (White is often the safest bet unless the chosen puzzle happens to be a snow scene!)

Try to pick a puzzle which will be pique their interest. Jigsaw puzzles are available in a vast range of subject matter so find a genre that you know will appeal to them and hold their attention, you may even opt to get a personalised puzzle made using a family photograph or favourite picture to make the completion of the puzzle even more involving for the sufferer. In certain cases it may be appropriate to try them with a selection of puzzles with varying themes depending upon their interests, but be wary if overwhelming them in the process.

You should also ensure that whomever is using the puzzle is able to do so in comfort. Ensure there is adequate light and space for them to work in and that they are seated comfortably, it can be very easy to lose track of time when immersed in a jigsaw puzzle!

In summary, we can see that there are a number of ways in which jigsaw puzzles can benefit those suffering from the various forms of dementia in either the longer or shorter term. Puzzles as a whole have long been used to stimulate the brain and have now shown they can play an important part in helping to delay or reverse the effects of degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.  In helping to stem the tide jigsaw puzzles allow sufferers to once again feel engaged and active and provide a little extra quality of life which would otherwise have been missing.

If you are interested in buying a jigsaw that may benefit someone you know, here are our top choices:

The Country Station – 100XXL Piece

 

The Corner Shop – 100XXL Piece

 

Gold Hill – 100XXL Piece

 

Boat Float – 100XL Piece

Extra Large Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

The demand for extra large pieces jigsaws puzzles is growing each year in the UK.  As the population ages and unfortunately the eyesight starts to wane, these puzzles provide the ideal solution for jigsaw fans.  The puzzles are perfect for those with either sight or handling difficulties.

The 500XL puzzles have pieces that are twice the size of a standard jigsaw piece.  When finished the puzzle size is the same as a 1000 piece puzzle (approx 69cm x 50cm).  At The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store we now stock a wide range of these puzzles from House of Puzzles and Gibsons

A Bit of a Pickle 500XL

A Bit of a Pickle 500XL

Regatta Day 500XL

Regatta Day 500XL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The puzzle pieces in the 250XL range are twice the size of those in a standard 1000 piece puzzle. When completed the jigsaw has the same surface area as a standard 500 piece puzzle (approx 49cm x 36cm).

Five Little Ducks 250XL

Five Little Ducks 250XL

Cat's Cookie Club 250XL

Cat’s Cookie Club 250XL

 

 

 

 

 

 

The puzzle pieces in the 100XXL range are five times the size of those in a standard 1000 piece puzzle. When completed, the jigsaw is the same size as a standard 500 piece puzzle(approx 49cm x 36cm).

Gold Hill 100XL

Gold Hill 100XXL

Daddy's Little Helper 100XXL

Daddy’s Little Helper 100XXL

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to look through our range of extra large piece jigsaw puzzles please visit us at The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store.

House of Puzzles Spring Arrivals

We would like to introduce the spring arrivals of House of Puzzles jigsaws.  There are some fantastic new images available with eight 500 piece jigsaws and a 1000 piece Find the Difference puzzle.  These include Egg Hunt, Fly Past, Puddles and Fred’s Shed.

Happy Puzzling from all the team at The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store

These are all available to order from The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store along with over 1200 different jigsaw puzzles.  We offer Free Delivery on all orders over £20.

Gibson’s New 2018 Puzzles

We would like to introduce the 2018 range of jigsaws from Gibson’s.  There are some fantastic new images available this year including Gold Hill, Trooping the Colour and Ye Old Mill Tavern.  There are also lots of new additions to the popular Extra Large Piece puzzles including the 100XL, 250XL and 500XL sizes.

Happy Puzzling from all the team at The Yorkshire Jigsaw Store

Full list of 2018 puzzles

A Morning Stroll 636 Pieces
A Tribute to our Finest 1000 Pieces
Autumn in New York 1000 Pieces
Bark Lane 636 Pieces
Beehives, Beans & Bonbons 636 Pieces
Brixham Marina 500 Pieces
Butterfly House 1000 Pieces
Cat’s Cookie Club 250XL
Cat’s Cookie Club 500 Pieces
Daddy’s Little Helper 100XXL
Daddy’s Little Helper 500 Pieces
First Catch 1000 Pieces
First Catch Gift Box 500 Pieces
Going Once, Going Twice 1000 Pieces
Going Once, Going Twice 250XL
Gold Hill 1000 Pieces
Gold Hill 100XXL
Green Fingers 500 Pieces
Horsing About 1000 Pieces
Lamplight Lane 1000 Pieces
Le Tour de Yorkshire Gift Box 500 Pieces
Nearly New 1000 Pieces
Nearly New 500XL
Paw Drops & Sugar Mice 1000 Pieces
Paw Drops & Sugar Mice 500XL
Paw Drops & Sugar Mice Gift Box 500 Pieces
Spirit Of the 80s 1000 Pieces
Spitfire Skirmish 500 Pieces
Steep Hill 1000 Pieces
Steep Hill 250XL
Summer by the Stream 1000 Pieces
Summer by the Stream 250XL
Tea on the Isle 500 Pieces
The Gardener’s Round 4 x 500 Pieces
The Missing piece 500 Pieces
The Ploughing Match 500 Pieces
Trooping The Colour 1000 Pieces
Trooping The Colour Gift Box 500 Pieces
Up Main & Down Loop 2 x 500 Pieces
We Will Remember Them 1000 Pieces
Wonderful Woodstock 1000 Pieces
Woodland Seasons 2000 Pieces
Woodland Seasons 4 x 500 Pieces
Woofit’s Sweet Shop 1000 Pieces
Woofit’s Sweet Shop 500XL
Ye Olde Mill Tavern 1000 Pieces
Ye Olde Mill Tavern 500XL

 

 

Gibson’s – Spirit of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s

Gibson’s new range of puzzles have arrive in store.  With over 50 new images there is plenty to chose from.  The new jigsaws from the artist Robert Opie has certainly caught our eye this year.  Spirit of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s captures the cultural moment of three of the most important decades in Britain’s history.  All three jigsaws are available as 1000-piece puzzles and as 500-piece puzzles in The Gift Collection

Christmas jigsaws get the royal approval

We all love jigsaws,  but some of our fave Royal family do too!

Did you know, The Queen is a big jigsaw fan and has for many years borrowed her puzzles from the British Jigsaw Puzzle Library, who have a wealth of over 3,500 puzzles to choose from.

Likewise, her sister Princess Margaret had over 1700 in her house when she died in 2002.

Jigsaws are great presents for young, old and non-royal? And we know our range of over 1200 puzzles will guarantee you will always find something you love!

 

Why not pop into our Easingwold store and take a look at our amazing range! Ideal as Christmas gifts for someone special in your life or why not treat yourself?

And your Majesty, you can always order a new puzzle online and we’ll deliver for free!

Look forward to seeing you!

 

Jigsaws are for everyone!

We were delighted to see jigsaws featured on BBC Breakfast this morning. Robert Opie  a seasoned jigsaw historian has pulled together a fantastic jigsaw exhibition in London.

This will be the largest exhibition of jigsaws ever held, from one of the earliest, a chopped up map of Britain dating from 1766 intended to teach geography, to the Bay City Rollers, Andy Pandy, and the rules of the road in the 1960s and 70s.

In the discussion about the exhibition, Robert discussed how still today jigsaws are still enthralling people, both young and old in the UK and that the future is bright for the jigsaw market. We think this is great news!

Not only can jigsaws be beneficial for older people to keep the minds active it can also be a fantastic way for families to interact together, especially at this festive time!

Have you tried this? Give it a go this year and there is still time to order one of our jigsaws by the best suppliers from in the UK and around the world, we will even gift wrap it for you and deliver for free (on all orders over £15).

Details of  the exhibition are here, definitely a great day out!

250 Years of Jigsaws, from 15 December, Museum of Brands, Notting Hill, London W11.

Please let us know if you go to the exhibition we would love to hear!