My mom loves to do jigsaw puzzles (and so do I). She likes to sit in her big recliner chair with a special table that she can draw across her lap, but it isn’t very big, so most of the puzzles she has been doing lately are rather small. For her birthday this past week, my sister-in-law brought her a stack of puzzles, among which were some interesting small puzzles. First there was this tiny one with fewer than 100 pieces. It took her just a few minutes to put it together.
Just before this, we had a funny puzzle from my cousin that I don’t have a photo of—it depicted a small-town Christmas parade in folk-art fashion. There were dozens of little Uncle Sams running about, lots of US flags, can-can dancers, an old-fashioned fire truck, and three large balloons, one a snowman, one a clown, and the middle one was a huge Uncle Sam. There was also a smaller balloon of an ice-cream cone. You could see all the crowds and the store fronts and the candy and dozens of details for the puzzler to be mixed up in. It was fun.
After the little puzzle shown above, we put together this wooden puzzle of Bryce Canyon, Utah. It had only 140 pieces, so it took just a little longer than the one with the tree and the lake. This puzzle had some very odd shapes and as you can see, the landscape is a bit of a challenge. The pieces fit together loosely too. Some of them just sort of leaned against their neighbors, so at times we’d carelessly knock a whole section apart trying a new piece.
The puzzle company advertised on its box that it included novelty shapes, and we found them soon enough, all sort of Utah icons. When we were finished putting the puzzle together, we used a couple of cutting boards to turn it over so that I could put cellophane tape on the back to hold it together. You can really see the novelty shapes this way. See if you can find them all:
- Salt Lake Temple
- Salt Lake Tabernacle
- Delicate Arch
- Covered wagon
Where will our next puzzle take us?