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Put down your phone and pick up the pieces with the funkiest jigsaws!

The average person spends three hours 43 minutes a day on their phones. Although this can be anything from important calls, emails, and shopping, much of the time is spent playing games and social media. For that reason experts advise to reduce online time to combat anxiety and Covid-related mental health issues.

So why not give your eyes a rest and your mind a challenge with a jigsaw. Puzzles are also good for the brain. Studies have shown that doing jigsaws can improve cognition and visual-spatial reasoning. The act of putting the pieces of a puzzle together requires concentration and improves short-term memory and problem solving. And while you’re concentrating on finding that missing piece, you’re not stressing about other life issues. Simples!

Here are a few to get you started.

Moonwalk Motion Puzzle £15 from Amazon
This lenticular puzzle moves, showing an astronaut walking on the moon. One day we might be lucky enough to grab a holiday to the moon, until then stick to a jigsaw.

Shuffleface £5.99 from Firebox
Ever felt an overwhelming urge to tinker with nature? Always wanted to create your weird spider-bird-cat-monkey hybrid? Love solving jigsaw puzzles? Your perfectly normal dreams have just come true! Thanks to Refunzzle Puzzles. This curious jigsaw set features four different animal puzzles – Spider, Bird, Cat, Monkey (handy, that). Each one has 100 interchangeable pieces that can be mixed and matched to create weird and wonderful creatures. A monkey with spider eyes, a bird with cat ears, a spider with a beak – go wild!

Zany Zoo Puzzle costs £15 from Kikkerland 
796 young artists submitted work to celebrate Earth Day and the 10 best ones were made into this stunning 1000 piece jigsaw. 

Pow Puzzle £15 from Kikkerland
Relax and enjoy putting together this 1000 piece puzzle to view beautiful art. it has a real punch and is great fun to do.

Happy Flowers Puzzle £15 from Kikkerland
Filled with bright colours you can enjoy putting together this 1000 piece floral puzzle. 

Farm Puzzle costs £15 from Kikkerland
Full of animals and a cute beagle this eye-catching design is ideal for those with a rural love affair. With 1000 pieces it will provide hours of fun.

Honoured Elders Puzzle costs £15 from Kikkerland
Was made from a group of children artists who all painted pictures of elders who have helped them in their lives. From foster parents, teachers, grandparents, and many more who have helped inspire them.

Flower Power Puzzle costs £15 from Kikkerland
A beautiful 1000 piece jigsaw that is full of vibrant colour, ideal for garden lovers.

Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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