Monday, April 27, 2009

Truancy judge uses jigsaw puzzles as punishments

Now heres an original idea!
A Texas judge has a new and somewhat original approach to punishing kids who do not attend school regularly. Judge John Sholden is sentencing kids to a fine, and to complete a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle with their parents. The reason for the jigsaw puzzle punishment is to force kids and their parents to spend time together working on a jigsaw and most importantly talking to each other. The hope is that this time together will force the kids to discuss issues and problems with their parents in a relaxed and positive setting.
“The rules are a parent can’t put in a puzzle piece without the child being present, and the child can’t put in a piece without the parent being present,” said Sholden.
As a tribute to the success and commitment to the program the judge has dozens of the completed jigsaw puzzles put together under this project lining his office walls. It also gives kids a sense of achievement which transfers to their school work.
I wonder if they get to choose their own jigsaw.
Read about it here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Holdsons puzzles manufacturer is 70!

Holdson’s is the longest established company in the New Zealand Toy industry. Well known for their WASGIJ jigsaws.This year they celebrate their 70th Anniversary.
They began in 1939 producing children’s wooden jigsaw puzzles. This soon led to manufacturing board games and cardboard puzzles which are still the main focus of the business.
To celebrate their 70th Anniversary they are running a promotion where consumers collect 3 vouchers from specially marked 1000 piece puzzles, and get a 1000 piece puzzle free. Congratularions Holdsons, we love your jigsaws!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Farewell to summer!!

At the Easter weekend I started to feel the nip of Autumn approaching so decided to do a summer jigsaw to keep the summer feel going. This jigsaw produced by Heye, with artwork by Blachon is a delight to do. 1000 pieces, its colourful, detailed and humorous. It is not too difficult, and as the jigsaw came together you find all sorts of humorous scenes. It was a cheerful diversion during the Easter weekend.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Sometimes it is a real problem to find a space large enough to do a jigsaw. Especially if you have kids or cats in the house and can't trust leaving the jigsaw out. I have used a portapuzzle for the last 2 years, and wouldn't be without it now. It is like a large puzzle size suitcase that unzips and opens out to fit a 1000 piece jigsaw. It has two trays for sorting and the whole thing zips up to be put under the sofa or bed out of the way when not in use. I also take mine with me on holiday so I can keep doing my puzzle while away. It is lined in felt so the pieces stay put.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Deco puzzles

It was recently art deco week in Napier, and who'd think of incorporating art deco into a jigsaw! Well, these clever jigsaws from Jumbo have beautiful decorative edges. The puzzle has an extra large piece in the centre which makes a good starting point and once completed, the jigsaw can be glued using the puzzle glue included allowing you to enjoy the fantastic image forever.