White Mountain Jigsaw Puzzles Profile
Company Name: White Mountain Puzzles
For Ages: 3 to infinity
Number of Players: How many can fit around the puzzle table?
The Jigsaw Puzzle Maker
White Mountain jigsaw puzzles have been around for over 35 years, starting out as a poster company and becoming the puzzle maker company known today as White Mountain. Their puzzles range in difficulty from beginner to advanced and they have some cool jigsaw puzzles for adults as well as jigsaws for kids. The puzzles for kids start at 24 pieces for ages 3 and up and well, adults can choose any puzzle up to 1,000 pieces – I don’t see any larger than that on their website.
You can find the White Mountain Puzzle catalog on their website. I didn’t count but there looks to be 100s of options for every age and taste.
Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles
Studies show that working on jigsaw puzzles improves cognitive abilities in older people and research is ongoing with regard to their effect on staving off Alzheimer’s and other cognitive-impairing symptoms, especially with regard to people over the age of 50:
“Solving jigsaw puzzles is a low-cost, intrinsically motivating, cognitive leisure activity, which can be executed alone or with others and without the need to operate a digital device.”
~ Source is the PACE study.
Another great thing about jigsaw puzzles is the social aspect. Chances are if you have a puzzle going on a table somewhere in your home, there will be more than one person working on it. There have been many instances where I’ve put on the kettle, settled in at the puzzle table pulled out a brand new puzzle, and been surrounded by family pulling up a chair. It’s awesome. And once you start putting the puzzle together, it’s hard to stop. I’ll think to myself, just one more piece. Then an hour later I look up, bleary-eyed but quite satisfied too.
Which ones I love the most
My favourite puzzles are 1,000 pieces and have a good amount of colour. That’s not to say I won’t do one without. Not long ago I constructed a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle that depicted the famous photograph of a line of men sitting out on a beam jutting out over New York City. The photograph is called ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ and was taken in 1932. The puzzle I did was the same as the photograph – all different hues of black, white and grey. I love that photograph so I was happy to do the puzzle, but unless you like really challenging jigsaws, I’d avoid it. What felt like months took me about three weeks to complete. That one is not for the fainthearted! I’d recommend doing a puzzle, especially if you want to keep family involved, that has some challenge but not so much that everyone will walk away and leave it there for months!
White Mountain has a few of those challenging ones, but it also has quite a variety of medium to easy puzzles too. My favourite is the one at the top of this blog post, Reader’s Paradise. That image is my idea of heaven!
There is an endless supply of jigsaw puzzles with whatever image takes your fancy. There are puzzles centered around one single object, say a pencil, and the image could have 500 pencils of differing sizes and colours. Or you could have puppies, with many breeds depicted. That’s educational as well as fun. Personally I enjoy scenes such as the one in Reader’s Paradise, but I have done all sorts – winter scenes, summer, old-fashioned, modern, you name it.
Jigsaw Puzzle Accessories
I have blogged about a jigsaw puzzle table but there are many puzzle accessories to appeal to jigsaw enthusiasts. Of course there’s glue if you want to make your finished jigsaw a permanent piece, but there is also foldaway mats and other fun items that make the jigsaw experience more entertaining. White Mountain also has some accessories listed on their website.
The White Mountain puzzles are made with tight interlocking pieces and are known for the ability to pick them up by a corner and still have them stay together. This is great for moving the puzzle around to aid in putting them on a backing if so desired.
What To Do With Your ‘Old’ Puzzles?
So, you’ve got a stack of used-just-once jigsaw puzzles piling up in a closet that no one ever sees anymore? You open the closet door and without even glancing at what is obstructing your view to deeper, darker recess, you shove aside a precarious mountain of boxes. Yes, the those old jigsaws. I suggest you take ’em all out, go through and make two piles. One pile to give away and one pile (which should be A LOT smaller to keep because you love them and want to do them again.
Take the discard pile of puzzle boxes and load them right up in your car. No car? Call a friend to give you a lift – you never known, said friend may take a few boxes off your hands. Bring them to a church for their spring/winter/summer sales. Or, donate them to senior’s residence. Or drop them off at your neighbour’s house, ring the bell and run away.
This is the great thing about jigsaw puzzles. As long as no pieces are missing, they can be done over and over again. If there are any pieces missing though, do your neighbour a favour and toss them! There is nothing worse than doing a 1,000 piece puzzle and that last piece is nowhere to be found. Bah!
I have found many puzzles at church fairs, garage sales and the like. The only problem is you are taking a chance that a piece may be missing. But if your re-purposed puzzle only costs you a dollar than it may have been worth it. I’ve been lucky so far and have had only one puzzle bought at a church sale come up missing. I made sure to recycle that one – in the recycling bin, not at another church sale!