A parent who is apprehensive or calm, safety or fun, need or investment? 
The time to buy a puzzle rug for your children has arrived and we will explain why!

We will do it, however, starting with a brief historical excursus and going back to the very beginning of the twentieth century.

The need to discover

In those years, in fact, in Italy, Dr. Maria Montessorideveloped her theories on the deconstruction of classes and on how children learned better through discovery and direct experimentation . 
These ideas were not immediately very successful and were not completely accepted until the sixties.

Since then, many educators and teachers, such as Charlotte Gano Garrison of Columbia University, have understood the importance of developing new learning methods.

Montessori Games Puzzle Floor

All this automatically translated into the search for new games, especially for the preschool age, and new materials.

Already in 1920 Playskool, today a company of the Hasbro group, began to build toys for wooden kindergartens. 
He also added puzzles to his preschool age product line.

The evolution

In the following years, many companies produced toys and puzzles that were too big to be “contained” on a table. 
These games found their ideal space on the floor of the classroom, the garden or at home. They proposed a game idea that became free to grow in space together with the child .

Toys and floor puzzles in recent years have undergone many transformations. 
The dimensions have increased, the materials have changed and offer many more subjects than their predecessors. 
As in the past, they offer the possibility for many children to play together with the same puzzle and the advantage of the safety of the game on the ground.

Today: the puzzle rug

The puzzle mats for children are an evolution of all these concepts with a modern twist. 
Today we can buy a non-toxic rubber or foam puzzle rug at very competitive prices and brand improvements! 
The rubber rugs for children of the Ravensburger, Clementoni, Lisciani Giochi, Chiccho, Prenatal, Ikea and Dechatlon brands are excellent solutions. 
In fact, they guarantee your child safety, fun and freedom in exploring the world around him.

Even Puzzle Games offers you a wide selection of children’s puzzle rugs that you can purchase through Amazon selected by topic and quality of materials
You can find interlocking children’s mats with letters, numbers, streets or the most popular cartoon characters.
These children’s play mats are also a great gift for your children’s room as they are a soft shelter for their falls and a colorful piece of furniture.

So don’t wait until your child is too big and has already stopped exploding the world from below. 
The time to give a puzzle rug already arrives if you haven’t already done so.


The first puzzle container created in history to expressly contain puzzles was the royal puzzle cabinet. 
This precious wooden puzzle box was made in 1760. 
It had to contain as many as 16 sectioned maps of different continents and nations. 
The governess Lady Finch ordered the construction of this piece of furniture for the children of the King of England George III.

The birth of educational games in the 18th century.

The eighteenth century brought with it urbanization and industrialization. 
Moreover the educators of the time began to spread the idea that children were individuals in their own right and not just small adults.

The wealthy parents of that period had a strong desire to give their children everything the new industrialized world offered them. 
In particular they paid a lot of attention to the new educational theories that were emerging.

Many philosophers of the time, such as John Locke, promoted the use of educational games . 
In fact, Locke’s idea that the game could involve both the most reluctant students and reinforce traditional lessons quickly took hold. 
This change took place both in the school environment and in the domestic environment during the eighteenth century.

The sectioned maps

Numerous educators began to use wooden maps to teach their students geography and history. 
This new trend also took root among the nobles of the time.

In fact already in 1760 the children of the king of England, George III, were playing with these sectioned wooden maps: vintage puzzles precursors of the current ones. 
The young scion of the royal house, George IV, played with his maps under the harsh gaze of his instructor Lay Charlotte Finch

Sectioned Maps

It was the time when “the sun never set on the British Empire”. 
Thus the knowledge of the world and the geographical boundaries of one’s kingdom was vital to the future king.

The best artisans of the time made, for the young British royal offspring , as many as 16 dissected maps . 
These maps represented different continents and nations.

The first “box” to hold the puzzles

Sectioned Maps Royal Puzzle Box Cabinet

To preserve them the instructor Lady Finch ordered the construction of a mahogany cabinet that could hold the 16 puzzle maps: the first puzzle box in history.

Later the cabinet became the property of Lady Funch and her descendants. 
In 2000, the cabinet was auctioned in London for the incredible price of over $ 85,000. 
The Cotsen’s Children Library, in the United States, bought the royal puzzle cabinet for this incredible sum.

But the Head of Map Collections of the British Library obtained a suspension of the transfer by relying on the first and third Waverly criteria
In 2007, money was collected to buy back the cabinet and make it stay permanently in England.

The cabinet is now on display at the Kew Palace in London.

Who is the inventor of the sectioned maps, the first puzzles in history?

In addition to being the first container designed specifically as a puzzle box, the royal puzzle cabinet held another precious secret.

In fact, some scholars found a very ancient manuscript in it. 
The note stated that Lady Charlotte Finch was the owner of the cabinet and that she was the inventor of the sectioned maps. 
This statement contrasted however with the fact that in the cabinet were contained two wooden puzzle maps of Ireland and Scotland by John SpilsBury. 

John Spilsbury is universally recognized as the inventor of sectioned maps and therefore of the puzzle.

This discovery fueled the diatribe about who the real inventor of the puzzles was.


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40 in all in the comments for the month of March.

The number is constantly growing, and this is thanks to your passion and your love for puzzles.

A month of art, which has stimulated fans, artists and lovers of all forms of beauty.

All your opinions contribute to the extraction of the month of March of a Van Gogh: Starry Night on the Rhone puzzle, by the brand Clementoni, of 1000 pieces, by the Museum Collection.
The regulation provides for the publication of the complete list of comments, the first day of the following month, sorted by date of publication.
Then, through the first extraction of the Superenalotto, we can reveal the winning comment.

The March Prize: Van Gogh’s Starry Night

The prize for the month of March is the starry night puzzle by Van Gogh, from 1000 pieces by the brand Clementoni, from the Museum Collection.
We have selected an art puzzle by the famous painter Van Gogh, choosing one of his most famous works of art.

The starry night on the Rhone is one of the paintings that best expresses the deep relationship between the master Van Gogh and the intimate emotion of the night sky.

This puzzle manages to enhance the colors of the starry sky in an unparalleled way.
In fact, it has aroused so much interest and your comments and your participation in the competition prove it.
Surely building an art puzzle of 1000 pieces is very challenging, but at the same time very beautiful and interesting.
For this reason, the Clementoni Museum Collection, is a line dedicated to true lovers of art and paintings.

Our puzzle contest

We reward your loyalty and admirable passion for puzzle making with this beautiful Van Gogh puzzle, and thank you for your continued contribution.
We do it through the online contest “Say yours and win a puzzle” with commitment and seriousness.
During the month of March you wrote 40 comments, all full of advice, emotions and good intentions.
Sharing our experiences and ideas helps us to build a real community, made up of people united by a love of puzzles.

As explained in the rules of the online competition, the Superstar number that will be drawn during the next Superenalotto draw will indicate the winner of the puzzle.

Now we just have to look forward to the announcement of the winner.

Start imagining where you can place this highly evocative puzzle, because you could be the winner!