This post is sponsored by Jigsaw Puzzle but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I have always had an obsession with puzzles, word games, logic puzzles, Sudoku and especially jigsaw puzzles. Anything to stimulate my mind while giving me the ability to just veg out and relax. My mom got me hooked on jigsaw puzzles specifically. We used to sit down and work on one puzzle after another, it was the perfect mother daughter activity for us. We would do it at the dining room table and come dinner time, just cover it with the tablecloth so that we didn’t have to move it away.
I have carried that tradition on with my own kids, although my daughter is more into puzzles than my son is. We have tons of fun with playful banter and even throwing pieces at each other, thus causing some lost pieces and incomplete puzzles. It has always been worth it though. This is one reason that I have opted to play The Jigsaw Puzzle App on my phone and Kindle because lets me do my puzzles anywhere, without missing pieces and it frees me up for more shelf space for puzzles for my daughter and I to do together.
The Jigsaw Puzzle App has over a million downloads, available on Android, IOS and Kindle. With over 15,000 HD puzzles to choose from, it’s no wonder why so many people love the app! Downloading is free, and the app is very user friendly. You get to choose themes, how many pieces, up to 400, and whether the pieces are static or rotatable. If you choose to rotate the pieces, it’s just a simple tap to start rotating them. There is also a timer, so you can keep track of how long it takes you to do a puzzle.
I love animals, especially puppies, so I chose this adorable Corgi puppies puzzle to do. Knowing that it would be a different format from a puzzle on a tabletop, I chose to keep it simple with a 16 piece at first. The option to choose how many pieces you want the puzzle to be is done with purpose based on your frame of mind. If you just want to relax with no mental stimulation, you would choose tranquil, or the lowest number of pieces, or if you really want that challenge, you would choose immersed, or the highest number of pieces. In between, there are zen, focused, centered, engaged, stimulated, and invigorated.. I like my puzzles to be calming, so I try to keep mine in the centered range, but I love a challenge and will on occasion go to invigorated. Mostly I stick to stimulated and below, otherwise I will stress myself out..
With The Jigsaw Puzzle App, there are themed puzzle packs, a free daily puzzle, tournament packs, new content every week and autosaving! There are also premium features, including larger puzzle packs with stunning photographs and the ability to turn personal photos into puzzles. Since one of the downsides to a digital puzzle is that I don’t have a box telling me what the picture looks like, this is an option I really like. If I choose a picture of my kid, I already know what they look like!
Overall, I really love this app as it gives so many options to choose from, and every puzzle can be done in different puzzle counts. It’s relaxing yet stimulating and I don’t even have to worry about losing pieces on the floor! I also don’t have to worry about finding a space at the table or covering it with the tablecloth. Although I still do that on occasion so that my daughter and I have one to do together. Now, I spend the last few minutes of my day, relaxing in bed, putting a puzzle together before drifting off to sleep.