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It’s Just a Puzzle

I’ve never been a big fan of Jigsaw Puzzles, until now!
It used to be that you would buy a Jigsaw Puzzle, or more likely given one and then you would have to find somewhere to do it, then spend an age trying to figure out where to start. A lot worse are those second hand puzzles you might think of trying… you just know there is going to be a piece missing!

One problem I have, is that of spacial awareness, where things fit in relation to other things. I’m forever getting left and right wrong, angles and direction can easily catch me out. Now I’ve have found that Jigsaw Puzzles are a great way to challenge and help greatly with this problem, but normal, bought puzzles just don’t do it for me. However, with the availability of these new Jigsaw apps on your smart phones, or pads, the possible benefits are amazing!

You get a load of options that you just don’t get with a normal jigsaw. You can use your own pictures, the number of pieces to use, how those pieces are viewed, upright, or rotated, what pieces are shown, all the edges first and you get help with see the image of the final picture superimposed over your jigsaw… a great help!

This makes Jigsaw Puzzles a great benefit for everyone, but especially for us Dementia folk. So, give it a go… many are free, but the ones you pay for are often far less expensive than any bought jigsaw, plus you only have to buy it once!

If I like an app and continue to use it, I do buy it. I just think the creator deserves the recognition of their work and it will keep them creating more useful apps too.

First, you select the image you want to use. There will be images that you can choose, but many let you use your own images and this adds a bit extra to the puzzle.

Then something you can’t do with a Jigsaw from the shop, you can decide on the number of pieces to use. Great option and I would suggest starting small. The feeling of success is well worth it and you will soon be moving up to larger puzzles.

One of the main reasons I could not get on with these type of puzzles, was simple that the pieces would be all over the place and all rotated in all directions. With the Jigsaw app, you can often have all the pieces in an upright position, so a lot easier to view and workout what goes where.

I usually start by finding the corner pieces.

I work on the top next, then take each side in turn. The middle bit comes last and takes a bit more brain power, but look for patterns of shape, colour and don’t forget to look at the shape of the piece too. You will get better!

When you finish, you get quite a buzz!

Here is a quick video of one free Jigsaw App…

If you try a Jigsaw App, then please let me know which one you used, how you got on with it, did you find it helps and any recommendations?

If you have any suggestions, ideas, questions, or comments to share here, then I would be really pleased to receive them?

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