Jigsaw Puzzles

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2013 Springbok puzzles now in stock!

The entire line of Springbok Puzzles is available at The Book Vault Inc., Stratford, Ontario.

The entire line of Springbok Puzzles is available at The Book Vault Inc., Stratford, Ontario.

Attention Springbok puzzle lovers:

We have just received a HUGE shipment of Springbok puzzles and we are excited to announce that the new 2013 designs are now in stock!  More than 15 stunning new designs have been released, and you may view them with this link to Springbok’s website:

What could be better a better activity on a snowy winter’s day? Please take note of our winter hours on the home page and choose a good weather day to come and visit us!



Springbok Promotion Winner!!


The Book Vault Inc. Springbok Puzzle Display in Stratford, Ontario.



The Book Vault was thrilled to receive an award from Springbok for their Best Puzzle Display Promotion! This award is given to a retailer who creates a Springbok puzzle display in their store to create more interest, excitement and enthusiasm! Established in 1963, Springbok puzzles have revolutionized the industry in North America with their unique designs, patterns and cuts. The Book Vault proudly offers these puzzles because they are a brand that stands strong as the oldest and most respected name of puzzle on the market today.

The Book Vault Inc. Springbok Puzzle Display in Stratford, Ontario.



Puzzle Accessories in Stock!!! Puzzle Rollers and Puzzle Glue

We carry various accessories to fulfill your puzzling needs! Please stop by our store to see what we have in stock.



Allied Puzzle Saver with inflatable roll perfect for traveling puzzlers (easy to store)


Regular Jigsaw Puzzle Roller

If you’re a frequent jigsaw puzzler, like to work on multiple projects, or just have a tiny work space, you need the Jigsaw Puzzle Roll-up! This green felt mat acts as a neutral background for viewing the pieces as you assemble your puzzle. And when you need your space for something else, like dinner, just roll up the mat with the pieces inside, and secure it with the Velcro straps provided.

The small roller is perfect for puzzles up to 1000 pieces.  The large roller is designed to accommodate up to a 3000 piece puzzles (36″x48″mat).  Go ahead and enjoy the flexibility a puzzle roller can offer!




-Allied Puzzle Saver glue sticks puzzle pieces together

-Eurographics Puzzle Glue is an adhesive sticker that keeps puzzle pieces together

Alzheimer’s Puzzles to Remember – Now in Stock!!

Puzzles to Remember®, Alzheimer’s puzzles by Springbok , come in 12 and 36 pieces. The same dimensions as their 500-piece puzzles, they exercise the brain and boost success with extra large pieces and cheery themes. For more information read about how Springbok Cares.

Finished puzzle sizes are 18″ x 23.5″ rectangle or 20″ x 20″ square, and there is a choice of 11 different puzzles.  To view the different designs, Click Here


Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive and deadly form of dementia that is not part of the natural aging process. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and it is on the rise. Over 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Mostly, they are cared for by over 10 million loved ones.

Current brain research shows that some forms of mental exercise, like jigsaw puzzles, can slow the progression of this disease. Jigsaw puzzles are especially helpful as they stimulate multiple areas of the brain at once. Traditional jigsaws, however, are too difficult for advanced Alzheimer patients, causing agitation and frustration.

Puzzles to Remember are created for the Alzheimer’s patient. These puzzles are the same overall dimensions as our 500-piece puzzles, but they have only 12 or 36 pieces. Much larger than even traditional children’s jigsaw pieces, they are easier for Alzheimer’s patients to manipulate. Plus, the nostalgic and cheerful themes are chosen for their ability to provide gentle stimulation and positive reinforcement.

Family Puzzles are a Great Concept







A Family Puzzle is a 400 piece jigsaw puzzle that has 3 different size of pieces for the different ages of family members.  The largest pieces are grouped together at one end and are perfect for young fingers.  To keep the older children interested, there are medium sized pieces in the centre, with smaller pieces are found on the end.  This allows lots of elbow room for everyone, and a different level of challenge for each age.

The two pictures above are Family Puzzles from Cobble Hill Puzzle Company, and the picture below is a Family Puzzle by Springbok.  What a great way to spend quality time together!






How to Seal & Paste a Puzzle




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By Amanda Ballard Coates, eHow Contributor

Jigsaw puzzles are an engaging family activity that can be easily turned into art.

Jigsaw puzzles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They range from simple, with under one hundred pieces, to extremely complicated 3-D versions that have thousands of pieces. Some jigsaw puzzles have a metallic or glow-in-the-dark finish to enhance the puzzle’s image.

Because jigsaw puzzles are inexpensive and come in an endless number of themes, they can be used in ways other than just for entertainment. Once a puzzle has been completed, it can be sealed and turned into a unique, personal and beautiful work of art.

Things You’ll Need

  • Completed jigsaw puzzle
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Puzzle paste


  • Slide the finished puzzle very carefully onto a piece of cardboard that measures about 2 inches (on all sides) larger than the finished puzzle. This will give you a steady work surface and will prevent the puzzle paste from transferring onto your table top.

  • Wipe the finished puzzle with a rag to remove any dirt or debris that may be on the surface.

  • Apply a thin layer of puzzle paste to the puzzle. Puzzle paste comes in a jar similar to rubber cement. The application brush is attached to the lid of the paste. Be sure not to apply too much paste at the edges of the puzzle. This will cause the puzzle to stick to the cardboard.

  • Allow the coat of puzzle paste to dry for at least one hour. Apply a second coat if desired, then let dry for an additional hour.

  • Frame the sealed puzzle for display.



    “It’s just my job”

    This puzzle is called “Turkey Tracks” – a beautiful 500 piece puzzle by SunsOut.  It has just been assembled by our own  puzzle aficionado Paul, owner of The Book Vault Inc., and will soon be displayed in the store.  The puzzle was very good quality and the colours were brilliant – when he was finished, he was able to lift and carry the puzzle around (without glue).  When we asked him to comment on the puzzle, he said with a big smile  “It’s just my job”.


    The Healing Power Of Jigsaw Puzzles

    By Trish Donroe Barker

    Jigsaw puzzles are hardly new. They’ve been around since the 1700s, and have evolved from hand-cut wooden educational tools to a huge industry targeting children and adults alike. They have certainly stood the test of time, providing education and hours of peaceful time passed. What studies are now showing is that these “toys” have lasting benefits both to our health and basic well-being.


    We were likely all exposed to jigsaw puzzles in our youth. As toys they are used to teach words, shapes, colors, and geography, and provide focused, quiet time for children and parents alike. They’re used in schools to educate, in waiting rooms to passify, and are thought to develop fine motor skills in children and prepare them for reading.


    Research is now showing the quantifiable benefits of carrying this activity into adulthood. Studies, like the notable MacArthur study, have shown that keeping the mind active with jigsaw puzzles and other mind-flexing activities can actually lead to a longer life expectancy, a better quality of life, and reduce our chances of developing certain types of mental illness, including memory loss, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s Disease (by an amazing third).


    But how does this simple toy accomplish such amazing things? Most likely it is due to the simultaneous use of both sides of the brain. The left brain hemisphere, our analytical side, sees all of the separate pieces and attempts to sort them out logically. The right brain hemisphere, our creative side, sees the “big picture” and works intuitively. Both types of thinking are required in order to successfully piece the puzzle together. In exercising both sides of the brain at the same time, we create actual “connections” between the left and right sides, as well as connections between individual brain cells. These connections increase our ability to learn, to comprehend, and to remember. In addition, completing a puzzle, or even just the successful placement one piece, encourages the production of dopamine, a brain chemical that increases learning and memory.


    The connections made while working on jigsaw puzzles aren’t limited to our brain cells. Exercising both sides of the brain simultaneously also allows the brain to move from a Beta state, the wakeful mind, into an “Alpha” state, the same mental state experienced while dreaming. The Alpha state is where we tap into our subconscious mind. Jigsaw puzzles naturally induce this state of creative, focused meditation, where connections can be made on deeper levels.


    The jigsaw puzzle is a metaphor for life. Challenges we face with our jobs, relationships, and health can leave us confused and overwhelmed. These challenges are easily likened to the fragmented jigsaw puzzle, with so many disconnected pieces and no clear starting point. By physically piecing a jigsaw puzzle together while in a powerfully creative meditative state, we are shifting the focus in our subconscious from confusion and inundation to proactively working on the solution. We become “rewired” to take a more balanced, holistic view of our lives, considering all the little pieces, but also how they fit into the big picture. We begin to make connections between things that may have previously seemed unrelated, such as relationships between our emotions and our state of health. Patterns begin to make sense as we focus that positive energy and apply it within our own lives. As the jigsaw puzzle takes shape, the different parts of our lives start coming together to form a sensible picture.


    Jigsaw puzzles are a unique activity that allows us to achieve a state of creative meditation, while providing a fun activity that imparts a sense of accomplishment. The benefits to the brain are becoming more and more clear. Perhaps even more powerful are the effects on the subconscious in helping us piece together this puzzle we call life.


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