3D Puzzles – It’s A Bigger Challenge Than Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are fun, interesting, relaxing, and adventuresome as we assemble the pieces to create a whole picture. Puzzles are available for children and adults. Puzzles are used for hobby interests or professional careers.

Jigsaw puzzles are fun, interesting, relaxing, and adventuresome as we assemble the pieces to create a whole picture. Some people will look at the picture on the box cover, assemble the edge pieces, and then pursue filling in the remaining picture.

Other people like to match the pieces and create groups or sections and assemble edges and interior sections as they advance through the puzzle pieces.

The 3D puzzle pieces are built upward and outward creating a finished dimensional product rather than a flat creation. There are 100 to 3000 puzzle pieces; the greater the number, the greater the difficulty.

This concept was invented by Canadian, Paul Gallant in 1931. It was an overnight worldwide success and it continues to be popular with people who enjoy assembling puzzles which require more challenges than the standard jigsaw puzzle.

Multidimensional design

The 3D puzzle is a miniature replica of an object and it is available in three different variations. The pieces are interlocking or may require being glued in place during the assembling process. These puzzles have depth, height, and width.

The 3D puzzles are available as famous buildings, a variety of houses, city skyscrapers, towers, palaces, statues, ancient ruins, religious temples and churches, bridges, educational toys, animals, flowers, circus and carnival rides, ships, planes, trains, and other real items.

These puzzles may be do-it-yourself creations or purchased singly, or as kits. These replicas may be made with cardboard, poster board, wood, plastics, and metal.

The puzzle pieces differ from the traditional flat puzzle as they are thicker, stronger, and have sharper shaped pieces.

3D Puzzle Assembling Tips

  1. Beginners need to start with a 100-piece puzzle before tackling average to hard levels
  2. Read instructions and study diagrams
  3. Separate different colors, piece styles, or specially marked pieces
  4. Start building from the bottom with the flat square edged pieces first; same as the standard jigsaw puzzle. Outside pieces have square-cut notches.
  5. Assemble sectional areas
  6. Connect large sections to the foundation. (Follow detailed diagrams)

Puzzle Solving Benefits

Jigsaw puzzles and 3D puzzles offer a leisure time activity, relaxation and improving dispositions, logic, problem solving, increase concentration and brain activity, visual memory, improves memory, sparks brain chemistry, develops patience for details, and moving slower, dexterity assembling skills, develop spatial awareness, heighten creativity and imagination, and functioning pleasantly with self or others.

Puzzle Benefits

  1. Fun entertainment for individual, family, or group activity
  2. A leisure activity for relaxation and meditation
  3. Educational
  4. Many varieties of puzzles are available from simple to complex
  5. Puzzles are available for all ages
  6. Hand and eyes coordination, dexterity – larger shapes and fewer pieces for children, smaller shapes and more pieces for adults
  7. A variety of artwork to hold interest and determination to finish puzzle
  8. Increase brain activity, creation, and imagination
  9. Develop problem solving and spatial skills
  10. Career enhancement
  11. Tools for educators, teachers, medical professionals, architects, and engineers

Type 2 Diabetes – Lower Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Readings Lead To Healthy Thinking

According to several scientists at the Maastricht University Medical Center at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands, controlling Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure can help ward off thinking problems that contribute to complicating the disease. Their study reported on in the journal of the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care, in August of 2017, included two thousand five hundred and thirty-one participants, six hundred and sixty-six of which had Type 2 diabetes. The participants with Type 2 diabetes scored a lower level in their mental tests including…

  • executive function,
  • attention, and
  • processing speed,

than did the nondiabetic participants.

Executive function is…

  • the ability to plan,
  • carry out projects,
  • observe, and
  • try some other plan if necessary.

Among the participants with Type 2 diabetes…

  • high blood sugar levels were linked strongly with poorer mental abilities, and
  • high blood pressure readings (hypertension) had a slightly lower link with poor test results.

The investigators concluded blood sugar and hypertension were related to poor mental function in this test, but they pointed out the study is cross-sectional. Cross-sectional studies look at all things at the same time. In the future, a study looking at blood sugar, blood pressure, and mental abilities changing over time could make the results more compelling.

In May of 2015, the North American Journal of Medical Science published the results of a similar study performed at Cooper University in New Jersey, United States. Researchers found…

  • 19.5 percent of Type 2 diabetic participants 60 years of age or younger, had impaired mental functions.
  • the HbA1c reading was also weakly linked with thinking functions.
  • there was also a slight connection with the number of years participants had diabetes and lowered mental scores.

On the bright side, there was a small link between education and better mental scores.

Blood sugar levels affect the whole body by affecting the blood vessels and keeping them from delivering sufficient oxygen and nutrients. High blood pressure makes the heart struggle to provide enough blood to the entire body, including the brain. Keeping blood sugar levels and blood pressure under control is good for the whole body.

Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure are monitored by many of the same things. Eating a healthy diet…

  • obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight, and
  • getting enough physical activity,

contribute to healthy blood pressure readings and blood sugar levels. When necessary take medications religiously for healthy mental function and overall good health.