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Really Cool Recycled Puzzles

Groovy Green Livin puzzle

Puzzles have always filled our toy closet. One of our first was a 6 piece wooden puzzle with different shaped airplanes. Each  piece had a handle, making it easy for little hands to manipulate and practice spacial orientation.

We have since graduated from 6 piece puzzles to 1,000 plus pieces. Some are 3D and others come in strange shapes and packaging. According to my kids, the more challenging the better.

We just received the coolest puzzles as a gift and I had to share. Have you heard of MUJI [1]?  MUJI  is a Japanese company which sells a large variety of household and consumer products, including really awesome puzzles.  MUJI [2] is known for it’s minimal designs, emphasis on recycling, avoidance of waste in production and packaging, and no-logo or “no-brand” policy. The name MUJI means No Brand Quality Goods. They spend little money on advertising or marketing. Most of their success comes from word of mouth. How cool is that? There are a few stores in New York City and others sprinkled around the globe.

We received three different puzzles, one for each child.

Groovy Green Livin puzzle instructions

At first glance, the puzzle pieces are extremely plain. No color or fancy design. They basically look like pieces of cardboard made from recycled paper [3].

The instructions were relatively simple and when they finished we had three incredible, 3D puzzles.

We quickly discovered that the puzzles could be shared. They took the pieces apart and swapped. The elephant above was put together and taken apart several times.

The owl was one of my favorites. It looks somewhat daunting in this photo.

Groovy Green Livin owl puzzle

The airplane was an interesting gray color. If you look closely you can see how the numbers are used to match up pieces.

Groovy Green Livin airplane puzzle

These interesting puzzles make a fantastic gift!

Do you have a favorite puzzle?

In honor of  not-so Wordless Wednesday I’ve linked up with Better in Bulk [4], Dagmar’s Momsense [5]Live and Love Out Loud, Project Alicia [6]Mama Dweeb [7], From PDX With Love and I Thought I Knew Mama.


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#1 Comment By Good Girl Gone Green On January 9, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

oh wow! Those are pretty awesome! Little E is too young though, she is still on the wooden 6 piece puzzles! 🙂
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#2 Comment By Micaela @MindfulMomma On January 9, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

Liam would LOVE those! We’ve built a lot of similar wooden ones but this is the first time I’ve seen them made with recycled paper. Great score!
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#3 Comment By Lori On January 10, 2013 @ 10:30 am

They are really amazing Micaela. Liam would love them! All different shapes…..

#4 Comment By Lori On January 10, 2013 @ 10:31 am

They are really interesting puzzles Stephanie. Little E will be there before you know it! I’ll save them for you 🙂

#5 Comment By mika On January 12, 2013 @ 6:16 am

I love that they use recycle materials. Great way to spend time with the children.

Do they have other animals too? That owl is magnificent!

#6 Comment By Lori On January 12, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

Thanks Mika. I think they do have a few other animal puzzles. The owl was pretty amazing.

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