The librarian before me set up a table for students to work on a puzzle during their free time that is spent in the library. So I decided to keep up the tradition. I love having the puzzle table set up. I will usually find students and teachers sitting down and putting a few pieces of the puzzle together. Some puzzles take a few days to a week and others may take the whole year! The tiger puzzle took about two years to complete. Let’s just say it was difficult and frustrating to many, but so worth it once the puzzle was finished.
How do you go about putting a puzzle together?
This is how we go about it:
- Separate out the inside and border pieces.
- Then we usually put the border together.
- Next we get out the bowls and start putting the puzzle pieces into groups by color. Sometimes we also separate the shape of the puzzle piece.
- Students then start to work on sections of the puzzle.
Once the puzzle is finished we glue the puzzles together to hang on our Puzzle Wall. I have used puzzle glue in the past but now I just use Elmer’s glue. I water the glue down a bit to put a glaze on top of the puzzle. Then I glue the puzzle to a foam board, attach some heavy duty Velcro and up it goes on the wall. The students love to admire their artwork!
Benefits of putting puzzles together:
- Sharpens your memory and improves brain function
- Aids in problem solving
- Develops organization skills
- Heightens creativity
- Social interaction
- Teaches you to focus and concentrate