The latest version of whistle while you work has got to be mahna mahna, the phenomenal ditty brought to everyone–young and old alike–by the Muppets and the Muppets games and shenanigans. And with the title above, piecing puzzles together–togetherness is truly happening with the Muppets when it comes to families being able to do things together. So naturally, in the bevy of children’s puzzles available in any online puzzles store, there are Muppets jigsaw puzzles that are winners in linking family with fun games. The Muppets antics and games they play in comedy, plays on words, slapstick sketches, good feelings and messages in supporting and loving one another can’t be beat for any age!
Muppets jigsaw puzzle goes with the flow to the rescue
Puzzles may sound like ancient history for kids, but for both boys and girls, from infants to seniors, nothing else provides such cheap and easy learning tools, helpful face to face socializing, and easy fun than puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. And right now on the internet are parents all over complaining about the dire need to get kids away from the technology and back to real world basics, and here comes puzzles to the rescue.
We still all use the term puzzling about things we don’t know, and how many popular mystery stories, legal stories, spy stories, doctor stories, sci fi stories grab us because we have to put the pieces together. Puzzles are life! And life is the Muppets–”radiant wonderfulness” as Kermit the frog muppet said in the Wizard of Oz. Unlike video stores, a Muppet store will always be with us, will never run out of usefulness or relevance in the ever changing world.
Muppet Life Lessons and Puzzling Puns
It may even be thanks to Muppets puzzles that there is a newly discovered love and need for doing puzzles. How about talking to one another face to face while laughing with all those many and masterful Muppet characters. From a Kermit the frog puzzle, everyone will remember his funny but wise quips like this dialogue from the awesome Muppets 2011 movie: Walter: You guys give the world the greatest gift of all. Kermit: Babies? Walter: No. The other one. Kermit: Ice cream? Walter: No. The other one. Kermit: Laughter. Walter: Yes! The third greatest gift!
Hard to top that one! And there are so many valuable life message from all the Muppets shows as Kermit the frog says from a previous show:” I may not be one of your fancy Hollywood frogs, but I deserve a chance. When we pull together, we can do anything.” This is the can-do attitude you want to instill in kids with puzzles.
Research too Supports Puzzles
And there is so much research and documentation about the value of puzzles. First of all as Maria Montessori’s exploration of how children learn, sensory play, picking up pieces and placing them into making a whole as they do in jigsaw puzzles opens the mind to grasp the ideas and concepts kids need to learn.
The Puzzle Store Plusses
Now another awesome thing about puzzles is that a good online puzzle store has every character there can possibly be, every fad, collection, popular TV or movie star pictured on puzzles. And they come in perfect types and numbers of pieces for each age. For the youngest tots there are wood peg board puzzles of 7 or 9 pieces in the likes of favorites Toopy and Binoo, Caillou, dinosaur lovers Land Before Time, Scooby Doo.
There are lenticular puzzles with that holographic movement and depth that still mesmerizes parents as well as the younger sets. Among these are Disney Princesses, Strawberry Shortcake, Pixar Cars, Toy Story– the movement in these puzzles is just like them–go go go.
Life size poster puzzles are great for when the kids get a little bigger and they think bigger has to be better. Then the kids are ready for the under 100 pieces sets, 24 or 36 for a little more challenge. Pleasers include going sweet with Hello Kitty, or Tigger and Pooh, Barney, Smurfs, Barbie, and Hot Wheels.
Making a jump upwards nearing the Tween level of must haves, of course there are puzzles in the likes of Justin Bieber, Pirates, Sponge Bob, Nintendo, Marvel Heroes, and Pokemon.
But the biggest group of course, is the middle group (not average or ordinary for sure), and no wonder one of the most sought after puzzles is the Muppets jigsaw puzzle of 63 pieces. Not too small not too large–and it is one treasured by families. That’s because of course everyone’s favorites are there. Kermit the frog, glorious green still loved by Grandma and Grandpa. And you can’t have Kermit without the romance of Miss Piggy. Girls don’t tire of proclaiming their staunch love for their pink and adorable Miss Piggy Plush doll. Shannon says, “Pigs are so cool my email address is shannonpig@yahoo. And haven’t you seen little piggies in their races, so adorable and smart. And my piggy bank saves me money to buy more games, too!”
Of course Shannon’s brother Brandon imitates the meep, you know, mee mee mee Beaker. Beaker, Muppets funniest character who can take every madcap mishap that Dr.Honeydo puts him through and keeps smiling! But Brandon claims “I can sing Feelings better than Beaker muppet or Animal!”
Friends Lori and Albert chime in on Fozzie Bear and his perfect jokes, and Gonzo whichever one is funniest at the moment.
Just like yearbooks that young and old never tire of looking over again and again, families always come back to Muppets, games, movies, puzzles, the muppets works.
Making jigsaw puzzles work
If childrens’ puzzles are frustrating to the beginners, big sis Sierra has her hints on helpful methods. She says there are 4 basic things to know about doing puzzles. Find all the edge pieces first to make the frame. The frame always has less pieces than the inside, and you can find the straight edge. Look at the box. For example, there are at least 20 characters in the 65 piece Muppet puzzle, but if you look at the box you know where he or she goes. Put colors that are alike together in piles. Then you can build your character with those colors, and then look at the box to see where they fit in.
Maybe that why Muppet puzzles, and all puzzles remain so popular from generation to generation – because they always allow you to look at the Big Picture – and see just where you fit in!
“How does it work?” Where is it?” “Why? Kids puzzle over those unstoppable questions trying to figure out the puzzles of life. Jigsaw puzzles are probably the handiest, easiest, and most enjoyable tools or games to teach kids how to go about figuring things out. In fact, kids puzzles do teach just about all the basics of pre school, kindergarten and even school age learning tools. Hard to believe that a mere game, a kids puzzle is not just a game to keep them occupied and quiet, but in fact has major teaching opportunities and sharing opportunities for the kids.
The Brain Learns through the Hands
Today there’s a lot of talk and news about the success of Montessori teaching methods, and one of their major components uses manipulatives, and especially puzzles. The brain learns
through the hands of little ones. Doing a jigsaw puzzle is about solving a problem, building a shape, matching, sequence, and more. Research shows that when children learn by manipulating objects and are actively involved, especially using kids puzzles, they learn more and hang onto that learning longer.
Beauty, simplicity, appeal is what makes kids want to explore and learn. And kids puzzles have it all–with both hands. How do kids pick out a puzzle? The beautiful picture on the box cover, of course. And even if they only love Caillou, or Toopy and Binoo, or Hello Kitty, or SpongeBob, there are available online several different pictures of each of those characters to choose from, and continue choosing.
A Pick of Disney Puzzles
Want your child to concentrate better? Build up those concentration powers with hands on Disney jigsaw puzzles. Disney knows who the kids want to see and touch, and Disney puzzles cover all their favorites. Right where the kids sit on the floor, they love their own floor puzzles. Of course, all the favorite Disney puzzles are available online from Cars, to Mickey, to Tangled. Even Spiderman will go to Disney come the fall with the new Ultimate Spiderman. Spidey puzzles are perfect with their bold lines, colors and body parts forming that ultimate action scene.
And the Disney jigsaw puzzles don’t end with floor puzzles. There are truly, for real, puzzles that move–the 3-D Lenticular puzzles all available online like the Cars, Dora, Princesses, Toy Story, Mickey. They give kids a show that keeps moving them on to finish.
Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces and Pegs
As kids get better and faster with figuring out their processes, move up to more puzzle pieces in the kit. For example, Thomas comes in 15 or 24 piece kits.
Nothing is more perfect for toddlers than wood puzzles–indestructible, and they feel good in the hands. Wood peg puzzles give them something to hold onto as they are figuring things out. Look through the great array of wood puzzles including Land Before Time, Caillou, Curious George. For the picture perfect loving little princess, there is a wood picture frame puzzle featuring the Princesses, as well as Mickey of Toy Story favorites in a frame.
For the toddlers, using the fingers to make a jigsaw puzzle develops those important pincers, making them ready for crayons and pencils. Setting him or her on the floor with a puzzle to do beings the respect for his or her own work space.
You can also work with these early learners to teach basic skills by putting the puzzle pieces on the left and having the child pick them up and then put them down on the right. Trace the shapes of the pieces with 2 fingers of the right hand and the corresponding homes to develop fine motor control, attention to those details. It’s the power of observation that is learned. Little tikes will usually first try to force their pieces into the holes, so you guide them in how to rotate the pieces to fit. As you are talking to your child, your bonding, teaching vocabulary and recognition of objects and places.
Kids Puzzles in Shapes, Sizes, and Challenges
Kids puzzles just cannot get boring. There are always new places to make the puzzle. Enter the neat Dora Magnet Puzzle, or the Spider Man Magnet puzzle–they love to climb the fridge!
Some kids love circles and curves, and for those no straight liners, there are round puzzles with Spiderman, or Dora on a curvy shaped winged white horse. Square Sponge Bob can even live perfectly fine in a weird shaped curvy jigsaw puzzle.
Whether they are younger or older, kids learn about different roads to problem solving. How do you do a puzzle? There’s trial and error. There’s picking out and matching colors. There’s working as a team to accomplish the end goal and results. There’s starting with the corners. More fun, is dividing up the body parts, who gets to find and put in the eyes, or the body, or you’ll hear “hey, look, this hand goes right onto the bicycle handlebars”.
Cranium’s Seek and Find puzzles not only have the puzzle challenge for kids but they have search and find games after you make the puzzle. Whether the scene is the carnival, the city, the sea or the country, kids just love the thrill of finding these teeny tiny things, and it’s rewarding and builds pride and self confidence because they can do it.
For kids who think big, there are huge poster puzzles made for them. Of course there is available the current sensation, Justin Bieber, or the never going out of style forever true Princesses, and the always ready for a spin Cars and the toy lovers Toy Story poster puzzles-all easily available online. And for those bigger kids, whose idea of bigger is how many pieces they can do successfully, there are the boxes of 300 hundred puzzle pieces in your singing favorites Glee, Bieber, and more.
Going to spend some time visiting and want to give the kids something fun and quiet to do? Take along a handy puzzle in a tin, of course available in all their favorite characters and scenes.