Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Riddle Me This! Celebrate National Puzzle Day

A Teasing Riddle
Augustus Leopold Egg, 1816-1863
January 29, 2016 is National Puzzle Day.

“The first jigsaw puzzle was created around 1760, when John Spilsbury, a British engraver and mapmaker, mounted a map on a sheet of wood that he then sawed around each individual country. Spilsbury used the product to aid in teaching geography.

After catching on with the wider public, this remained the primary use of jigsaw puzzles until about 1820. By the early 20th century, magazines and newspapers found that they could increase their daily subscriptions by publishing puzzle contests. ”

  • Jigsaw puzzles use both sides of the brain.
  • Puzzles improves memory, cognitive function and problem solving skills.
  • Word searches and crossword puzzles increase vocabulary and language skills. 
  • Sudoku, exercises the brain by testing memory and logical thinking, and can improve number skills. Information found at:


Some riddle stories to keep them guessing.

A Bride for Khan Turali – Azerbaijan

The Clever Wife – China 

The Enchanted Princess – Russia
Outwitting the Chimp – Congo

The Pumpkin in the Jar – Philippines

The Riddle – Grimm

The Riddle – Romania


Looking for some riddles to share between your tales? Here are 40 riddles, and most importantly, the answers! – Forty Traditional Riddles


Highlights - Five Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day

Melissa and Doug – 5 Clever Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day

DLTK-Kids – Printable Jigsaw Puzzles – Make your own puzzle; many themes to keep the children guessing! – Make your own word searches, mazes and more.
Puzzles Pieces: Arts and Crafts


Easy Microwave Egg Puzzle – Bring the puzzle fun to the dinner table!

Karen Chace 2016 ©
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