The answer differs according to age.
A small child might enjoy a simple puzzle, with just a few pieces that set into a board. These can augment teaching, since the pieces might be different colors, or represent different items such as shirt, shoes, and so or, or different vegetables. When the child works with such a puzzle a parent might ask for a certain color, or the parent might describe the piece with a word. This builds vocabulary. And, these simple puzzles can be completed by placing the pieces in any order since each has its own space. There is no need to build to a point of being able to place a certain piece.
Later, a larger puzzle helps with recognizing how pieces fit together by examining both the image on the piece and the shape of the piece.
If a child is building the puzzle it might have favorite characters featured. Keeping interest up is important.
Another advantage of building puzzles is the activity can be completed by more than one person. Working together, asking for a certain color piece, and so or is important in developing teamwork. I admit we had working as a group easier since I had six siblings, so we could set a partially completed puzzle aside and resume later.
No, it would add to the difficulty.
blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the practicalities and products.
Have you ever done a puzzle whose shape is other than rectangular or square?
Zazzle is secondary to my Ebay sales, but I use Zazzle to make things occasionally. I juat wait to see if anything sells, so I do not track how items do there.
I made quite a few puzzles on Zazzle this spring. I sold some, and then they were out of stock. I later read on the Z. website that they had great demand for puzzles but couldn't find another provider to meet that demand (since their contracted provider closed its factories for a few weeks and then produced less due to Covid measures). I am curious whether people will buy puzzles as gifts this holiday season.
Making Zazzle products is also a great activity. The bottom cluster of Zazzle puzzles are our own Zazzle products, using our digital images.
Thanks. it is important to stay busy.
A lovely page...we have been playing cards and doing jigsaws, sudokus, ..I have also taken up art which is very therapeutic ….
I am familiar with it, there is one in the newspaper daily. They have different challenge levels.
Sudoku is one of my great pleasures.