National Puzzle Day

January 29, 2015

National Puzzle Day is January 29

Well, it isn’t officially National Puzzle Day! That takes an act of Congress to make any day an official “national” day. But unofficially January 29th is a day to have some fun with puzzles of all kinds. No one quite knows when it started. But if you like puzzles it’s a perfectly good reason to have some fun!

 Puzzles have been around for a long time. The first jigsaw puzzle was created as a geography tool for children around 1760. They were first made of wood and then later, cardboard. 


The first crossword puzzle was created by a journalist as a word game around 1913. Many variations of The Crossword Puzzle have become popular.

World’s First Crossword Puzzle


Puzzles are a favorite pastime for many, a way to entertain us and engage our minds. Favorites like the Rubic’s cube invented in 1974 by a Hungarian sculptor and architect professor. Many hours have been spent trying to “solve” this three dimensional puzzle!


However you like to puzzle, January 29th is a great chance to try your hand at a new kind of puzzle or perhaps revisit one from a long time ago. Or maybe you don’t spend time doing puzzles. This day would be a perfect opportunity to see what so many enjoy about this pastime.The old fashioned way of putting together or solving a puzzle is fun. Puzzles are economical to buy and can often be enjoyed at your local public library. Many puzzles are often available online as well. Interactive jigsaw puzzles, as well as crossword and Sudoku puzzles can be played from a computer, tablet or smart phone.

There are puzzles for every skill level and they often offer an opportunity for interaction for family members and friends. Many times they are great learning tools. Crossword and other word games for reading, Sudoku and other number games for math. And always, for fun!!

Have some puzzle fun! On this day to celebrate all kinds of puzzles, there are plenty of ways to have fun with puzzles. Put a jigsaw puzzle together with someone. Or make your own puzzle by drawing a picture or cutting a picture from a magazine or newspaper and cutting it into pieces then fitting it back together. For online puzzle fun, try these websites,


Melissa and Doug website for ways to celebrate National Puzzle Day

Instant Crossword Puzzle Maker

 Discovery Educations Puzzlemaker

Printable Sudoku Puzzles

Printable and online sudoku puzzles

online jigsaw puzzles

Finally, just about every kind of puzzle you could want!

Of course you don’t have to wait until January 29th to enjoy the fun of puzzles. Try one today!




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