Exercise your problem brain with a puzzle. January 29th is National Puzzle Day.

Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, trivia, word searches, brain teasers or Soduku, puzzles put our minds to work.

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Studies have found that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we use both sides of the brain, and spending time daily working on puzzles improves memory, cognitive function and problem-solving skills.

Buffalo Games - Darrell Bush - Canoe Lake - 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

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Buffalo Games – Darrell Bush – Canoe Lake – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

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Word searches and crossword puzzles have the obvious benefit of increasing vocabulary and language skills.

Sudoku, a puzzle sequencing a set of numbers on a grid, exercises the brain as well. By testing memory and logical thinking, this puzzle stimulates the brain and can improve number skills.

The Must Have 2020 Sudoku Puzzle Book: 366 daily sudoku puzzles for the 2020 leap year. 5 levels of difficulty (easy to hard) Paperback – September 29, 2019

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The Must Have 2020 Sudoku Puzzle Book: 366 daily sudoku puzzles for the 2020 leap year. 5 levels of difficulty (easy to hard) Paperback – September 29, 2019

by Jonathan Bloom


The bottom line is, puzzles stimulate the brain, keeping it active and practicing its skills.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Spend time putting together a jigsaw puzzle with a friend, or grab a cup of coffee and complete a Sudoku or crossword puzzle.  

Use #NationalPuzzleDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Started in 2002 by Jodi Jill, National Puzzle Day was created as a way to share her enjoyment of puzzles.  As a syndicated newspaper puzzle maker and professional quiz maker, Jodi Jill developed classroom lesson plans especially for National Puzzle Day and the popularity has grown year after year.

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