Saturday, January 18, 2014

National Puzzle Day Celebration

by Becky Topol

We will be celebrating National Puzzle Day all day on Saturday, January 25. With great events for all ages, there’s sure to be a fun activity for all the puzzlers in your life!

First, we will be having a Make a Puzzle class for kids ages four to seven from 10am to 11am. Children will get the opportunity to learn about tangrams and jigsaw puzzles. Tangrams originated in China during the Song Dynasty, and consist of seven flat geometric pieces. Puzzlers are challenged to arrange these pieces, called tans, into specific shapes. Kids in our puzzle class will get to play with special felt sets of tangrams, and see what shapes they can make! They will also learn about classic jigsaw puzzles, and will get the chance to color and take home a jigsaw puzzle of their very own! Age-appropriate puzzle games will also be available for kids to play with and explore. The fee for this class is $5, and parents may either drop off their kids or stay and play. All children who wish to attend must be registered via our Eventbrite page, so click here to RSVP!.

From 12 noon to 2pm, there will be a puzzle class for all of our older puzzle fans! Everyone aged eight and up is welcome to come to this class and learn more about our favorite brain-teasing hobby! You’ll learn the history and math behind some popular puzzles, as well as making three puzzles of your own! Did you know the classic soma cube puzzle can be made out of LEGO bricks? This seven-piece puzzle seems simple at first, but can be made into a cube in over 200 different ways! You will be able to build your own soma cube, which can be made into countless different shapes by a puzzler clever enough to figure out how! You’ll also create your very own hexaflexagon: a brain-busting flip-flopping mathematical oddity made from a simple strip of paper. You can also build your own set of classic tangrams out of felt! Cost for this class is $5, and make sure you register for the class at our Eventbrite page by clicking this link!

Finally, our first-ever Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange will take place from 5pm to 7pm! All jigsaw puzzle fans know the old dilemma - once you solve a jigsaw puzzle you rarely want to do it again, but you also don’t want to throw away a cool puzzle! A puzzle exchange is the perfect way for tons of puzzlers to solve that problem, without losing any puzzles! Jigsaw fans are invited to bring pre-owned puzzles of 500 pieces or more to the exchange. Bring as many as you want, just be sure that you have all the pieces, and that they’re secured in a plastic bag inside the puzzle box. Everyone may leave with up to the number of puzzles they came with, while giving the gift of fresh jigsaws to other puzzle fans in the community! There will be a $5 fee per person to participate, and be sure to RSVP at our Eventbrite page by clicking right here!

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