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What Are Some Strategies for Assembling Jigsaw Puzzles?

Lay all of the pieces on a large, flat surface, and sort out the pieces that have a straight edge. Then use these pieces to assemble the border or perimeter of the puzzle. Separate the remaining pieces by color or any other distinguishing characteristics. Place each group of puzzle pieces in its own container, such as a plastic bin, to keep them organized. Start assembling the puzzle by working from the outside in, or start by assembling the largest color-coded group of pieces and working outward from there.

Which Puzzles Are Best for Beginners?

Puzzles that contain 300 to 500 pieces are ideal for older kids (ages 6 to 8 and up) and adults who are new to the world of jigsaw puzzles. Beginners should also look for puzzles that have strong images or patterns with lines or distinguishable areas of color. Ravensburger, Buffalo Games, Mega Puzzles, and MasterPieces are puzzle manufacturers that offer beginner puzzles featuring fewer pieces and distinct patterns. For kids between the ages of 4 to 5, look for puzzles that contain between 20 and 60 pieces.

How Can You Display a Finished Jigsaw Puzzle?

Brush a thin layer of transparent sealer, such as Mod Podge or special puzzle glue, onto the back of the completed puzzle, and allow it to dry until it is no longer tacky to the touch. Mount the assembled puzzle to a piece of thin wood, such as plywood or craft wood. You can also place the puzzle in a frame so that the glass safeguards it from dust and damage.
 

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