The 19th National Puzzle Day is set apart as 29 January 2021, a great way to start the year. A great way to teach kids about our country – puzzle maps depicting a map of the USA, the National Parks, science and nature, and so much more!

I started doing jigsaw puzzles seven months ago when I turned off the boobtoob. I’ve completed several since. It’s how I spend many evenings while listening to podcasts, and between posting on this site. My favorite puzzle makers are Dowdle and Ravensburger, both for their high quality. The pieces snap into place and never peel. There’s nothing more irksome than when the image peels off a piece. I began with 300-piece puzzles, working my way now to 1,000-piece puzzles. The one below was the most challenging, an autumnal view of Montpelier, Vermont. Tree fatigue!

The following images show other completed puzzles. Do you work puzzles? Which ones are your favorites? Do you begin by sorting the colors (I do) or working the edges? Depending on the puzzle image, I begin with the most distinctive and obvious features (for example, I began assembling the red church first, and then the surrounding buildings), before filling in the landscape around them. I assemble the puzzles on foam board I purchase at the Dollar Store for a buck apiece. It allows me to move the puzzle undisturbed if needed. Depending on the image, I use a white or a black foam board for contrast.

Others I’ve completed over the past several months:

My next challenge: Claude Monet’s “The Japanese Footbridge” by Eurographics. And it will be a challenge. Look at all those shades of green!