A Bird Lover’s Dream!

Looking at BirdsWhat do you find when you look through a pair of binoculars? This ornithologist [someone who studies birds and their behavior] has found a great view of over a dozen species of birds along with a few other animals.

This bird jigsaw puzzle entitled “Bird Watching” is a bird lovers delight with so many birds to study. As you and your loved assemble this puzzle, especially in winter months in the north when there are not as many birds around, it can be a great time to discuss the different birds, their habitats and their activities.

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What Do You Know About Hollywood’s Most Famous Mice?

Disney Dreams: Mickey and MinnieFor most of us, the Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse have always been a part of our culture. This means that some aspects of their stories may not be well-known especially those backstories that were introduced at the beginning of their introduction to the world.

According to Wikipedia, it all started in 1928 with the film short Steamboat Willie when Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created these fun-loving and mischievous rodents named Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Do you know what Minnie’s full name is? It is Minerva Mouse. While they have no children, they do have a few nieces (Melody and Millie Mouse), nephews ( Mortie and Ferdie Fieldmouse) and other family members (ex. Madeleine Mouse) and good friends (ex. Donald Duck, Pluto).

During the 50s, their popularity on the big screen faded somewhat but grew on the small screen and even in video games. In this century, they have returned to the big screen with movies such as Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas as well as maintained a strong presence on TV and in video games. For a couple that are nearing almost 90, they are doing quite well. As you and your loved ones assemble this Disney jigsaw puzzle by Thomas Kinkade, you can impress each other with all that you can learn about these two lovable rodents.

 

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What Is Your Favorite Summer Place?

Favorite Summer PlacesWhen I was growing up, my favorite summer place was the town pool. All my friends were there and I loved eating all the vending machine candy, too! I have lots of fun memories of getting together there each summer. My mother’s favorite place in the summer was similar to this picture. She and her siblings would go to their grandparents’ house in the summer and play in the neighborhood creek with all their friends.

What makes these memories so wonderful? It was a time where we could be carefree with our friends during the summer. These are qualities that come alive as I look at this summer jigsaw puzzle entitled “Summer Places”. Artist James Meger uses memories of his rural upbringing and love of nature to beautifully portray children and animals having fun playing in the summer. As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, it would be a great opportunity to share memories of your favorite summer places.

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Can You Find The 8 Deliberate Mistakes in this Puzzle? (Share if You Found Them.)

A Day to RememberWhile President FDR referred to December 7, 1941 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor as a “day that will live in infamy”, artist Les Ray has entitled this painting “A Day to Remember” because its theme is that of the men in the store discussing D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by the Allied armed forces on June 6, 1944.

But what makes this patriotic jigsaw puzzle extra special is that the artist included 8 deliberate mistakes in it. This is a historical painting yet there are 8 items that only exist after World War II. According to the Les Ray Studio website, the artist did this on purpose to give the art collectors [who always look in vain for errors] some errors to actually find.

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, make sure to look for these errors. Some will be obvious, some not so much. Feel free to comment below if you find the mistakes, and share this post if you found them.

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How Many Tree Frogs Can You Find in this 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle?

Frog Frenzy by Lori SchroyAs you have probably noticed, there are many varieties of frogs in this frog jigsaw puzzle entitled “Frog Frenzy”. According to Wikipedia, there are around 4,800 recorded species of frogs in the world with their appearance varying from a “camouflaged dappled brown, grey and green to vivid patterns of bright red or yellow and black.” One of these colorful frogs is from Panama. It is the Panamanian Golden Frog in the upper left corner. Another colorful frog [found in the lower left corner] is the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog found in Central America. While you can find frogs all over the world, you will find the majority of them in tropical rainforests.

What frogs are most known for are their life cycles. Their lives usually start as eggs laid in the water, then hatch into tadpoles and then eventually what we know as frogs. As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, it would be a great time to learn more about the many varieties of frogs, their habitats and how humans include frogs into their culture.

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Let’s go to the beach!

Seaside Summer by Nancy WernersbachFor those who live within a few hours of the coast, one of the most anticipated vacations is a trip to the beach. This summer jigsaw puzzle shows a relaxing and refreshing moment in time at the beach.

According to artist Nancy Wernersbach’s website,  the artist believes that art should draw us out of our anxious, frenetic world and into a world of rest and renewal. Not only has she accomplished this with her art, but also her theme can cause those who admire her painting to want to go relax at the beach this summer.

If you can’t make it to the beach this summer, you and your loved ones can dream about going there one day as you assemble this summer jigsaw puzzle.

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Poppies for Remembrance of Fallen Soldiers

Poppy Paradise by Jen VranesAccording to artist Jennifer Vranes’s website, she loves this scene because it represents a little bit of heaven, hence the reason for her entitling the painting “Poppy Paradise”.

Poppies have become a well known flower, not just for their beauty, but also for being a the “Remembrance” flower that is used to commemorate dead soldiers in World War I and later. During WWI with trench war on the Western Front in such places as Flanders, Belgium, the red poppies bloomed in abundance. The poppy was mentioned in the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in May 1915. Currently, in countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations, the poppy as the symbol of the fallen soldiers is displayed on “Remembrance Day” on 11 November each year. In the United States, they are displayed for the same purpose but on Memorial Day at the end of May.

As you and your loved ones assemble this patriotic jigsaw puzzle, you can discuss the ways that we can honor our fallen soldiers.

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What Do You Think of Spring at the Covered Bridge?

Covered Bridge in SpringBesides painting a beautiful scene of a covered bridge in the fall [mentioned in the blog post from 21 November 2016], South Korean artist Sung Kim has painted another lovely scene of a bridge in the spring.

According to the Christian Daniels Gallery website biography of the artist, Sung Kim has a varied style ranging from realistic to abstract. What they have in common is that most are all based on photographs that he took and his attempts to recreate his memories of that moment in time. In this spring jigsaw puzzle entitled “A Covered Bridge in Spring”, the artist has given the scene a sense of light that many people think of when they think of spring as the days get longer.

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, you can reminisce about your fondest memories of spring and which ones you would paint, if you could.

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You’re a Grand Old Flag, a High Flying Flag!

You are a grand old flagMay, June and July are great months for patriotic minded people. It starts with Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day in May, Flag Day on June 14th and Independence Day on July 4th.

This patriotic jigsaw puzzle, entitled “Grand Old Flag” by artist Ray Simon, shows different symbols that represent some aspects of Americans’ patriotism: the bald eagle, the flag and the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima during World War II. The Bald Eagle is our national bird and national animal. It is prominently featured on the Great Seal of the United States of America. It is also important to Native American cultures. The “Star Spangled Banner” is our national flag. In its current form with 50 states and 13 stripes has been in use since July 4th, 1960. The Battle of Iwo Jima took place from  February 19th to March 26th, 1945. Even though it was not of great strategic value for its staging base and fleet base, it was used for emergency aircraft use by the US Military. What it is most prominently known for is as the location of one of the fiercest and bloodiest battles in the Pacific theater during World War II. During this battle, six Marines lifted the US Flag over Mount Suribachi to indicate that the US had advanced in the battle. The painting here is based on the Pulitzer prize winning photograph by Joe Rosenthal.

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, it would be a great opportunity to share memories of other important patriotic times in history.

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Do You Have A Story About Strawberries On This Strawberry Morning?

Strawberry MorningBesides school ending for the year, one of the things that I enjoy about the month of June is the strawberry harvest. Strawberries are a very popular fruit around the world, having been first cultivated from wild strawberries in Brittany [in France] since the late 1700s.

I especially love freshly harvested strawberries. I remember when I was a child that I never liked strawberries. But then one day my mother bought some that were freshly harvested that morning at a farmers’ market. My father enjoyed eating them, and decided to offer some to me safe in the knowledge that I would do as I had always done and turn him down. Thus, he would be a good father by offering healthy fruit to me but also safe because he would still get half of the berries. But, suddenly, I changed my mind and tried them. I realized that freshly harvested strawberries are scrumptious and addictive and I wanted all my fair share! He couldn’t believe it! No extra berries for him that day! And I have loved freshly picked strawberries with a bit of sugar on them ever since.

As you and your loved ones assemble this 300 piece jigsaw puzzle, entitled “Strawberry Morning”, you can reminisce over your own favorite, funny childhood memories as well as get out a bowl of strawberries and have a great snack.

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