While we were all getting excited about the Royal Wedding last week, Oliver Gibson, aged 14 from Cirencester, had another reason to celebrate when he completed one of the world’s hardest puzzles.
It is estimated that the 24,000 piece puzzle, which Oliver started last June, took a total of 223 hours to piece together. When the family released how big the puzzle was they had to renovate the loft of their home to accommodate it!
Jigsaw puzzles are a natural part of growing up; most of us will have fond family memories of sitting around a table piecing all the shapes together.
Puzzles are undeniably a traditional favourite children’s educational toy and not just among kids, but teachers and parents too. You can improve a child’s early learning by giving them a puzzle to play with. Puzzles help develop a whole range of skills such as hand-eye coordination, reasoning and problem-solving, motor skills like grasping and handling and even social skills. And it is claimed puzzle solving helps to keep the adult brain ticking too!
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So why is the puzzle ‘magic’?
Because children will enjoy rubbing the heat sensitive ink to discover what is hiding beneath…..
Did you know…
According to the Guinness Book of Records – The most expensive jigsaw puzzle was sold at a charitable auction to benefit a non-profit organisation at a bid of $27,000 (£14,589). The hand-crafted wooden jigsaw puzzle was custom made by Rachel Page Elliott (USA) in September 2005.
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