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family jigsaw

bits for you, bits for your kid and bits for your toddler .
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I was doing a 1000 piece puzzle and my nieces didn't seem too interested because of the difficulty .

I propose a 1000 piece jigsaw with some 2x2 sized pieces and some 4x4 sized pieces . The 2x2 pieces would have a lobe and a (what's opposite to a lobe)...receptor on each side . A 4x4 would have 2 lobes and 2 receptors on each side . Unless the piece was on an edge .

I also thought about putting coloured dots(or a common symbol) in the pieces. This would act as hints . Another way would be to have a colour on the back of the piece . This would allow strange shapes to be formed .

wjt, Nov 15 2008

Baked... http://www.puzzlesf...ories/400_piece.htm
Multiple size pieces, one puzzle. [Bcrosby, Nov 16 2008]

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       Brilliant! I'll take two
Mony a Mickle, Nov 15 2008
  

       lobe and receptor - are those real terms? neat idea but the patterns in the smaller versions would need to be simpler than the patterns in the larger version e.g. if part of your jig involves all blue sky so will the smaller versions.
po, Nov 15 2008
  

       Ah no po, I think what is intended is ONE jigsaw made from some easy, big bits and some harder adulty bits. For instance a picture of scenery with sky above would have the sky made from small bits, and the landscape area made with big easy bits.
Mony a Mickle, Nov 15 2008
  

       [MaM] that one's for adults who feel left out when their kids are doing a jigsaw.
FlyingToaster, Nov 15 2008
  

       when I say smaller versions - I should say the pieces that divide up into two and four.   

       you can't have a plain large piece of blue sky that contains a smaller pic of say a teletubby - it would break the sky up in the larger big picture.   

       ah, *the* word here is "some" - sorry missed that.
po, Nov 15 2008
  

       Why limit to two sizes? What if there are...I don't know, off the top of my head, 3 children aged 5.5, 4, 2.5. The jigsaw is divided into quarters (one for Dad, er.. the adult), each with increasing levels of difficulty. You all sit around it, facing the appropriate quarter, with the bits for that quarter in front of each.   

       Reading the title again I realise that 3 sizes have already been proposed.
Mony a Mickle, Nov 15 2008
  

       Yay.   
      
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