Traditionally, puzzles have been enjoyed as a solo activity. However, even in this growing age of technological immersion, we are seeing more and more people who are enjoying puzzles together. We've especially seen seniors in assisted living homes assembling together to puzzle. As well, we've donated to many schools where the students collectively enjoy solving jigsaw puzzles. We donated several copies of the Dragon's Lair puzzle by Anne Stokes to a local school in Victoria, BC. The teacher used the puzzle to create an epic adventure for her Grade 9 Honours English students while studying Tolkien's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug".
Not only are puzzles a great way for people to connect, they're also a wonderful way to enhance short term memory. Our brain has to process the puzzle pieces scattered all over the working area. To connect a puzzle piece together, your eyes and hands have to search through many different puzzle pieces triggering your brain to memorize the shape of the piece and the colours, thus improving your visual-spatial reasoning. It's a perfect harmony of the left and right brain working together, as well as hand-eye coordination.
While we aren't able to feasibly supply every assisted living home, library, school or puzzle competition with puzzles, we definitely keep a list and make our way around North America every year. If you would like to get on our list, please fill out our contact form
. We will contact you about the type of puzzles that would do best for your environment and make sure your name is added to our donation rotation list.