3d puzzles have grown in popularity over the years and have become a beloved and creative toy known all over the world for children of many ages. Puzzles used to be produced to be 2d, or two-dimensional. This means that this type of jigsaw puzzle, while fun to put together and assemble, resulted in a flat image. All the pieces of the puzzle fit together and could be held in place with varnish or puzzle glue. To be able to display a two dimensional puzzle, it would most likely have to be framed. 3d puzzles are works of art, easy to display as soon as assemblage is complete.
While it is hard to determine when the first 3d puzzle was created, there is an online game called ZooCube, which apparently is the first 3d puzzle. The images of the game are supposed to pop out at you, much like 3d movies. 3d puzzles that came out for manually assemblage were often educational and featured historical and/or international themes. The idea was that when somebody, a child or an adult, was finished putting together the puzzle, it could be placed on display.
Some examples of these models include: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, U.S. Capitol Building, Sears Tower, Neushwanstein Castle, Camelot Castle, World Trade Center, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Empire State Building, Temple of Heaven, Bavarian Clock, White House, Brooklyn Bridge, Taj Mahal, Rockefeller Center, Yankee Stadium, Burj Al Arab Hotel, CitiGroup Center, Sistine Chapel, John Hancock Center, The Solar System and many more. The interesting part is being able to see details of these famous structures while building a miniature version of them.
3d puzzles also come in the form of fun games such as Sudoku, Jenga, a Rubik’s Cube, and Blokus. There are also globes of the earth 3d puzzles. Some popular children and young adult books, movies and TV shows have also come out with 3d puzzles such as: Pirates of the Caribbean, Cinderella’s Castle, Titanic, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and many more. 3d puzzles come to life and work the creative and mechanical areas of the brain.
There are puzzles that depict the prehistoric era with dinosaurs. Others are depicting the ocean life such as whales and ships. The rest are created and designed like spaceships and fighter planes. But regardless of whatever is the design, these puzzles are becoming a famous hobby for every enthusiast.
Children have fun because they are putting together a puzzle, but they are also creating art. 3d puzzles can be purchased in a variety of stores. Big box stores carry them, along with drug stores, grocery stores and toy stores. 3d puzzles are also available to purchase online on educational, auction and marketplace websites.