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500-piece jigsaw puzzles: Tips and Tricks

From 3-piece jigsaw puzzles to 50,000-piece jigsaw puzzles, there are many different types of jigsaw puzzle. Here's a look at the 500-piece jigsaw puzzle.

What you need to know about 500-piece jigsaw puzzles

Beginners? you've come to the right place!

500-piece jigsaw puzzles are ideal for adult beginners. What's more, children aged 8 or 9 and over can tackle puzzles in this category if they already have some experience. As well as being great fun for beginners, 500-piece puzzles are also a stepping stone to more difficult puzzles, such as 1000-piece puzzles. What's more, this category of puzzle is also ideal for occasional puzzle players.

How big is a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle?

Generally speaking, a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle measures around 49 x 36 cm. Below this size, each jigsaw piece can measure 2.9 x 2.1 cm on average. So the dimensions of a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle depend above all on the dimensions of each of the pieces that make it up. A 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, whether for beginners or adults, may be larger or smaller than this standard reference.

How long does it take to make a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle?

The time it takes to complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, or any other category, depends above all on the experience of the person doing it. The number of hours a day spent on the jigsaw can also influence the time taken. Otherwise, it takes just over 16 hours without interruption to complete this type of jigsaw puzzle, taking into account 2 minutes' thinking time for each piece. Some people can complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle in less than 16 hours. These are usually people with a passion for puzzles.

You should also be aware that if there are several of you doing a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, it can be done much more quickly.

How do you make a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle?

As with other jigsaw puzzles, here are the steps to follow to make a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle:

Sort the pieces with a straight edge (these are the frame pieces);

Form the frame;

Make small piles linked by the same pattern or colour;

Try to harmonise everything by referring to the final image.

Note also that it is preferable not to waste a considerable amount of time on a single piece. If in doubt about the assembly of 2 pieces, a trick is to turn them over to see if they match. If not, it's also a good idea to keep any pets away from the puzzle.

Which puzzle brands have the 500-piece format?

Among the puzzle brands that offer the 500-piece format, you can find, for example:

  • Ravensburger ;
  • Djeco ;
  • Clementoni ;
  • Castorland ;
  • Nathan ;
  • Educa.

What are the most popular puzzle themes?

Some of the most popular puzzle themes include:

  • Harry Potter ;
  • Animals (cat, horse, dog);
  • Marvel;
  • Disney ;
  • Landscape ;
  • Star Wars.

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