There have been many surprising new hobbies discovered in recurring lockdowns, some wildly popular – banana bread anyone? – and others more unexpected. Perhaps one of the most natural has been a new-found enthusiasm for puzzles, with the completion of tricky, 1000-piece, single-hued jigsaws the highlight of self-isolation for many.

With puzzles’ capacity to provide both relaxation and mental stimulation, many are hoping they will be a habit which will stick around as the world opens up – but as we’re in the house less and we can’t just pop a 1,000-piecer in a bag for killing time in a café later, this hasn’t been looking likely.

Hoping to change that, however, is puzzle company Ordinary Habit, whose thoughtfully designed games encourage mindfulness. Its new collection of On The Go puzzles, made from recycled materials, are designed to fit on top of a magazine and be thrown into a canvas pouch, making puzzles on the go a real possibility.

Puzzle pieces on a picnic rug with fruit
Photography: Guillermo Cano and Emily Karian de Cano

‘When we first launched Ordinary Habit, just over a year ago, we wanted to offer an everyday outlet in the form of artful puzzles and games to help people access habitual moments of calm, and cultivate mindfulness and connection,’ explain Echo and Teresa Hopkins, the company’s co-founders.

‘At the time, we were all stuck at home, in the midst of lockdown. Now, as the world reopens and we all deal with the emotions and anxieties that come with this shift, we’re thrilled to introduce our On The Go Puzzles and make it possible for people to enjoy the transformative value of everyday, tactile play wherever their day takes them – whether picnicking in the park, lounging on the beach or travelling via air to a far-flung destination.’ The puzzles feature artworks from female artists and come with a glare-free coating, making them the perfect picnic pastime. ‘Enjoyable for both individuals and groups, they’re the perfect travel accessory for on the go fun,’ the duo add. §