Start with the Daily Jigsaw, or cruise to the gallery for jigsaws organized by topic. For toddlers and wimpy grownups (like me) puzzles start with the twelve-piece classic, but pros can choose from ten puzzle cuts including the 63-piece tessellation, the 154-piece squares and triangles (yikes!) or the 192-piece classic. At Crazy4Jigsaws you can play as a guest, but registered free members get to create jigsaws with their own images and send jigsaw e-cards. There is also a premium membership (for a monthly fee) that offers full screen play and the ability to save puzzles in progress.
Jigzone is the oldest of today's jigsaw puzzle sites, with a huge inventory of Java puzzles for all levels of play. For example, start with their puzzle of the day. Is the sixty-seven piece classic a tad too difficult or perhaps too easy? Click on Shapes and choose your own level of difficulty from among thirty-two choices, ranging from a six-piece classic (preschool easy) to 247 triangle pieces (for serious puzzle enthusiasts only!) In addition to being able to upload your own photos to make a custom puzzle, Jigzone also offers a variety of embedding options that allow you to put puzzles on your own site or blog.
In addition to a huge gallery of puzzles, what's unique about JSPuzzles is their leaderboard of solution times. When you are finished with your puzzle, JSPuzzle will tell you how fast you were, and the fastest time recorded for that very same puzzle. If you are good enough, your score will be entered on the leaderboard. I, unfortunately, am not. Peruse the images via topic, or from their list of most popular puzzles. All are available in difficulty ranging from nine pieces to 100 pieces.
Just Jigsaw Puzzles is my pick of the day because of the huge variety of options. To customize any of the 1800 puzzles, simply slide the difficulty indicator from easy (six pieces) to hard (150 pieces) and the puzzle will change before your eyes. Other options include your choice of six puzzle cuts. More choices, such as brightness, background, and whether to display a win animation (a little dance the pieces do when you've finished a puzzle), are hiding under the Options button that appears in the upper right-hand corner after you've started to play. Any choices made here are stored in a browser cookie, so they will still be there when you return to the Just Jigsaw Puzzles on another day.
These puzzles are perfect for younger kids because with a click of the mouse, you can preview the picture (use Picture Hint) or the shapes of the pieces (use Shape Hint). Difficulty ranges from six to forty pieces, and there is a nice variety of photos and cartoon images. In particular, their holiday selection really stands out, with dozens of puzzles for New Year's, Valentine's Day, St.Patrick's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.