To understand this, let us look at the history of puzzles. The first type of puzzle that was invented was jigsaw puzzles in 1762 by John Spilsbury. He gave the riddles to students at local schools. At that time, it was made of wood. Then, many kinds of puzzles were invented. They are word search, labyrinth puzzles, crosswords puzzles, and many more. Many people started to utilize these puzzles on Valentine for several reasons. It is the day of love. It means it can take many forms. One of them is fun and togetherness as well as education. People especially children would like to take the benefits of this education with fun and exercising their thinking. For example, if the children like words, they can do word searches and crosswords puzzles and if they like a more visual riddle then they can do labyrinth puzzles. It is within their choice on how to decide which one is better for them.
There are several reasons why many people choose to do puzzles on Valentine’s Day. The first one is for an activity that brings togetherness. Since the riddles contain a mystery that needs solving, one person can join with the other persons to resolve it. It bonds them together tightly because they overcome hurdles together. Secondly, it is a vehicle for an event. When you gather many people for a Valentine’s Day party, you want to create a large togetherness, so if you ask people to do puzzles together, it gives a sense of familiarity among them. They undergo a journey together in solving the puzzles, hence they will remember each other more and the spirit of Valentine is love. And love also needs work and cooperation among people.
For Saint Valentine’s Day, if you are a teacher then, you can use these riddles to hold an event in your classroom. There are several steps that need to be taken. The first one is preparing the materials. They are riddles printables, coloring pens, white paper. Secondly, print the printables on white paper. Make them colorful. After that, ask the students what kind of puzzle they want to do. Let them discuss with their friends why. After they have decided, let them get the papers. Give them a choice of doing it together with a friend or by themselves. After doing it, let them discuss with their friends again what they have learned. When they are finished, give them the choice to make their work as wall decoration in class or they want to bring them home and show it to their parents. Whatever their choice, make sure they know their purpose and reasons.
Of course, it is a family gathering, then you can utilize the riddles differently. Since it is a familiar theme, you can even make a breakthrough. First of all, you can gather all your family members on a feast day. Surely, you need to prepare the food and all. After done eating, you can make a game night. Since it is for a match, you can print all the puzzles and make a competition out of it. You can divide the family by making lotteries so that it is all unpredictable. Give them the papers and let them compete. The winner should do something for the whole group, it can be singing or storytelling. Make sure it is all still in the spirit of love.
To make things more meaningful, you can create your own riddles. You can create your own word list that familiar with nowadays or simply take some examples from other kinds. First of all, search on the internet for what kind of puzzle you want to do. Now, gather all the materials. They are colorful art papers, a marker, a ruler, coloring pens, and glitters. First of all, make the design on the art paper. You need to be careful, you can draw the lines using a ruler and a coloring pen or many coloring pens. After it is finished, write the heading with the marker. You can write ‘Valentine’s Day Puzzle’ or ‘Valentine Day’s Word Puzzles’ and many more. After you are finished, you can add glitters to make the surface beautiful. To make things more significant, you can make many more and give them to your students or your family. Of course, you can gather more supplies. You can give them in a bulk or you can cover them in wrapping papers with ribbons. You even can add your own greeting cards to personalize the gifts. Of course, the content is about love, fun, and education. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!