Putting the Pieces Together: Puzzles (Mechanical & Virtual)

Posted 6/19/2020

According to the job-hunting site Monster, our brain chemistry actually changes when we work with our hands: “By the simple act of using our hands, be it rewiring a home’s electricity, laying bricks, or simply sweeping, we can forge entire new neuro-pathways in our brains that could not be made in a less physically active environment.” In fact, working with our hands can be a great stress-reliever. People dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks or post-traumatic stress are encouraged to focus on working with their hands.

Clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay says, “There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time, that creating — whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating — is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”

You can have hands-on STEM and Craft projects delivered monthly:

You can purchase other mechanical puzzles online, for example:

If traditional puzzles is more your style, here are a few free online jigsaw puzzle sites for you:

  • thejigsawpuzzles.com – An ever-growing collection of free online jigsaw puzzles
  • SkillGamesBoard.com – The puzzles here are made from renowned works of art. Choose Private to be able to invite friends or Public if you want to allow anyone to play along. Choose a board size and a painting to begin. You’ll receive a custom URL you can share with anyone.
  • http://www.epuzzle.info/ – Compose jigsaw puzzles online. Complete the puzzle in the shortest time with the least amount of moves and you will join other great players on our Hall of Fame. 

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