Celebrate National Puzzle Day With These Ideas for All Ages
National Puzzle Day might not be a day you'd ordinarily celebrate but this year is far from ordinary and we are totally into it. Puzzle season? Bring it! In fact, the world of puzzles has become a form of art in itself, with many designed by artists and illustrators whose work we truly admire. Bonus: puzzle-ing has loads of mental and mood-boosting benefits for kids and adults. So check out these modern-day puzzles for your next game night or just any cozy, rainy day at home.
This abstract 500-piece puzzle by artist Amber Vittoria will brighten your coffee table and your walls.
Celebrate the power of your female friendships with this bold and beautiful 500-piece puzzle by Dutch-Egyptian artist Roeqiya Fris
Piecework Meta Puzzle ($36)
A puzzle of someone piecing together a puzzle? So meta. Give this 1,000 piece puzzle a go while questioning the meaning of life.;)
Upload your own images, artwork or designs and set your size (and difficulty level) with this personalized puzzle. It makes a great gift or family keepsake.
We're big fans of Jiggy Puzzles and this 800-piece collab with Anthropologie is the perfect gift for any DIYer. Featuring works by emerging female artists, each puzzle comes with a tube of glue and a straight-edge tool that you can use to turn the puzzle into wall art.
Pretty Fly For A Cacti ($19)
Get a desert vibe with barrel shaped cacti and prickly pears in this 500-piece puzzle, with bonus poster to frame on walls.
What's more zen than hiking through the landscape of our beautiful national parks? Piecing a 1,000-piece puzzle of them.
Architecture lovers will enjoy working on this 285-piece artwork by Australian artist Charlie Bennell.
Create an homage to Frida with this bright, colorful 1,000-piece puzzle of artwork shown in MoMA's collection (produced by eeBoo, a woman-owned company).
Puzzles for Kids
Puzzle Huddle puzzles, like this cute Chemistry Girl one, celebrate diversity and culture while inspiring kids to use their noggins.
Pantone Color Puzzles ($17)
For the design-minded kid (and parent) these six color-matching Pantone puzzles introduces kids to the world of Pantone color while honing in on their spatial and fine motor skills.
For the kid who dreams of becoming the future POTUS, this family-friendly 500 piece puzzle created by illustrator Caitlin Keegan explains the path to the presidency from the primaries to the general election day and the electoral college.
For littles just getting into the world of puzzles, this 24-piecer celebrates nature while helping to develop cognitive and motor skills (recommended for ages 3+).
For kids 4 and up, this 48-piece travel-inspired puzzle (oh, how we miss the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and French outdoor cafés!) introduces kids to the world beyond their own.
Crocodile Creek Day at the Museum Puzzle ($20)
Part puzzle, part picture book, this 48-piece puzzle is like a 4YO conversation piece, between parent and dino-loving kid.
Illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell, this 100-piece puzzle features 26 kids from around the world in national dress, one for each letter of the alphabet.
What kid doesn't love outer space? Get them into it with this out-of-this world (ahem) 24-piece floor puzzle that's great for ages 3+.
Great for kids ages 3-7, this problem-solving puzzle challenges kids to solve each picture puzzle on one side of the card and then offers the solution on the reverse side.
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Theresa Gonzalez is a content creator based in San Francisco and the author of Sunday Sews. She's a lover of all things design and spends most of her days momming her little one Matilda.