Wentworth Wooden Puzzles is a Wiltshire-based company that manufactures and sells traditional sustainable wooden jigsaw puzzles. Their puzzles are unique because not all pieces are regular ‘puzzle shapes’ but relate to the theme of the image. A traditional toy that has been around for centuries, puzzles are an excellent activity for kids and adults alike (or together).
What are the Benefits of Playing with Wentworth Wooden Puzzles?
Playing with wooden puzzles is not only fun for children, but it also has many benefits. Playing with wooden puzzles can improve your child’s concentration and creativity, strengthen their analytical thinking skills, and enhance spatial awareness and mathematical understanding. Moreover, playing with wooden puzzles can help children learn to cooperate and work together. When my children were younger we had lots of eco wooden toys for kids which they loved, so it stands to reason that they should move on to wooden puzzles as they get older.
Our Puzzling Family Tradition
We have been doing puzzles together ever since the children were toddlers. Will and Albie were self-declared ‘puzzle geniuses’ because they loved doing them so much and learned to complete them in record time. It was a common sight for our lounge floor to be a carpet of completed puzzles.
Our tradition is to buy a new Christmas puzzle every Christmas, which will come out on Christmas Day once dinner has been cleared away. It’s a great way to keep everyone around the table, talking, having fun and working together. We try to pick tricky puzzles that will take a few hours so that people can come and go from the table over the afternoon. We have quite the collection of Wentworth Christmas Puzzles and this year have added the Regent Street puzzle, which is a beautiful reminder of many happy Christmas shopping trips to London.
Over the past couple of years since Lillie has been at senior school, her terms often start and finish slightly different from her brothers, so we will usually have a girlie day together. Sometimes we go out for breakfast and a bit of shopping, others we stay at home and have a movie marathon. This year, we decided to do a mixture, so we spent the morning shopping, and in the afternoon, we pulled out our latest Wentworth Wooden Puzzle – Blooming Wolf.
Blooming Wolf Puzzle
The Blooming Wolf is a very special Wentworth Wooden Puzzle because it is shaped like the face of a Wolf instead of a traditional rectangle. This made us take stock of how we would usually tackle a puzzle by first finding all the straight edges. Instead, we started in the middle with the Wolf’s head-shaped piece and worked our way out. It was the perfect way to spend our afternoon together because we were relaxed, cosy at home and able to talk whilst we worked together as a team.
The Story Behind Wentworth Wooden Puzzles!
Wentworth Wooden Puzzles dates back to 1991 when Kevin Wentworth Preston founded the company. Today they produce over 150,000 puzzles a year using state of the art, computer-controlled lasers.
Why You Should Start Building Your Own Family Traditions with Wentworth Wooden Puzzles
When you are working with Wentworth wooden puzzles, you will find that they provide an opportunity for family and friends to work together and play cooperatively. You can use them to create a mental map of where your family originated from by putting together puzzles that show different landscapes and landmarks from various cultures worldwide. It is also a great way to teach children geography, social studies, and other subjects because it allows them to learn while playing.