Why do puzzles: benefits and news

Other than games for children, there are some that are perfect both for the little ones and for the adults who are starting to face the fear of losing the shots. If you are wondering because making puzzles as adults is useful, as well as being fun for many, you are in the right place, we will prove it to you.

Who invented the puzzles

The story of the birth of this ancient pastime is curious and before we reveal why making puzzles is good, we want to tell you about it. A long time ago it was a cartographer who invented them, and who but a person with a special sense of space? He was called John Spilsbury. This English had to teach his students the geography of the world, a subject that did not arouse particular interest, especially if taught by leafing through large books and rattling off a series of names to be learned by heart. Instead of boring them with so many notions to learn, one day he surprised them by fixing a planisphere to a wooden board and tearing it to pieces. And it was the beginning of everything!

The pieces were not random, like shards, but followed the shapes of the various countries. When his pupils found themselves having to reassemble him, it was inevitable for them to learn the position of the many nations but doing it in this playful way resulted in very pleasant. The success of the idea of ​​this master cartographer took hold and they began to develop it by creating other puzzles, always with more detailed maps.

Initially this pastime was reserved for children of wealthy families because to make them it took time and also precious materials. They were exclusive, unique pieces or almost. By changing the type of wood, things improved and they tried to change subjects by applying the brilliant idea of ​​Spilsbury to other concepts.

Only in 1910 the interlocking puzzles arrive but for the cardboard ones we have to wait until the postwar period, the fifties. Here they can finally do them all and not only. The puzzle itself also gets better because the new material doesn't just affect on the quantity of production and on the cost but also on quality and variety. It was therefore possible to deal with the “fragmented” representation of complex and detailed subjects, photographs, paintings, paintings and drawings.

Today the puzzles are very varied and are produced quite easily, in two stages. First you print the figure you want and then cut it with presses made with blades a shape of the lattice you want, in order to create ad hoc number of pieces and shapes.

Because making puzzles is good

We have in our hands a wonderful, simple and at the same time magical game, which can help us to exercise memory, concentration and intuition. And then it relaxes a lot because it forces us to stay in the here and now, in the present, preventing us from wandering with thoughts and brooding. Why do puzzles? Because it goes well with many practices of mindfulness who recommend that we live neither in the past nor in the future, and to do practical things by cultivating the mind. I challenge you: try to make a puzzle thinking about something else? You won't even be able to hit a piece, this headache demands that our mind is 100% focused on what our hands are doing and forces us to do this not by force but with a sense of pleasure followed by satisfaction every time we put one piece in the right place.

This hobby is not just relaxing but so much more. It helps us to strengthen cognitive functions because it connects the two areas of the brain that are forced to collaborate. As adults, this counteracts premature aging while as children, several important spatial skills can be developed

There are studies that prove that making puzzles improves memory in the short term because we are forced to focus on the pieces we need to fit together. We can also increase our ability to perceive space and cultivate creativity, the ability to problem solving and motor.

Let's not forget what it feels like when you finish one: if you don't already, you go back to being a child with joy and satisfaction. They release dopamine when all the joints are successful and this makes you in a good mood and proud of us, more confident in our abilities.

Making 3D puzzles

Today, and for several years now, we can also choose 3D puzzles, which are fascinating for both adults and children. The logic does not change and neither do the benefits, on the contrary they increase because in this case we are dealing with an extra dimension to manage with the brain. Again we find many subjects to choose from, among the most popular are those with buildings and monuments but also with spaceships or futuristic vehicles. In some cases they can also be used for learning the history of art and architecture by rebuilding the Tower of Pisa. We can also choose to dedicate ourselves toastronomy if we are to build the solar system. In the future who knows what puzzles we will find ourselves doing, increasingly pushed to faithfully reproduce reality but not only, also to design parallel worlds with luck and the emotion of being able to build them with our hands and see it grow in front of ours eyes.

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