PUZZLES FOR KIDS ARE THE BEST!
I love puzzles for kids. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge fan of all toys – but I have long called puzzles the most perfect toy. Puzzles enrich our kids’ lives so much…I’ll happily surround them in all the puzzles we can find.
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How do puzzles help kids?
Puzzles are INVALUABLE in the way they help our children and give them so much learning goodness in just a little bitty box.
When a child is doing a puzzle, that child is:
- Using spatial awareness to rotate pieces
- Problem solving
- Improving visual discrimination by looking for details
- Concentration / independent work / Patience
- Fine motor skills to pick up small pieces
- Hand-eye coordination to turn the pieces
- Intrinsic motivation and the desire to accomplish a task for your own personal gratification
So yeah, puzzles are REALLY great for kids.
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When can kids start working on puzzles?
Puzzles are an on going part of childhood and one that they will start naturally.
Around age one, I typically begin introducing puzzles because I want this to be a life long love.
There was nothing I loved more as a teacher than watching a group of first graders work their behinds off trying to put together a 100 piece floor puzzle before the bell rang.
Kids love puzzles and we need to encourage this.
Start a puzzle collection for kids to grow with
I love having a variety of puzzles, and yes – some might be “young” for my older kids but they still love them, they still play with them, the puzzles are still good for them.
I know when you’re cleaning up the toy room, you don’t mind cleaning up the puzzles even though it’s “easy” for you. Kids are the same way.
My gift giving tip?
I usually buy my kids a puzzle or a board game at every holiday / birthday to keep growing our collections of these. It’s a fabulous gift to give a child.
Busy Toddler’s List of the Best Puzzles for Kids (of all ages)
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These are some of my favorite “kinds” – a magnetic bug lifts the pieces in and out of the puzzle. It’s a little added challenge and I am here for it.
I’m a huge hater of any toy that makes sounds but not this one. There’s something about it that doesn’t bother me, the kids love the tones of the instruments, it works.
It’s an oldie, it’s a goodie, it’s such a fantastic puzzle for tabies and toddlers.
I love that this is a 3Dimensional puzzle and it’s all built on blocks. A little something different.
My favorite set of puzzles from Lakeshore Learning – even my 8-year-old neighbor still sits to do these. They’re magical.
Shapes. Colors. Clock. Puzzle. This one literally check every box.
This will forever be one of my favorites and the memory of kindergartners putting it together is burned in my brain.
A really really cool letter puzzle for kids working on reading.
It’s a puzzle with door twist and it’s just the absolute coolest.
This vehicle peg puzzle has been a family favorite since 2015 and we still haven’t outgrown it.
I love a good chunky puzzle – a great introduction to puzzles for our littles.
A wooden jigsaw puzzle in a frame is a great “next step” puzzle AFTER the chunky ones have been mastered.
Tangram puzzles are HARD – which mean they are the perfect puzzle for kids to grow with.
It’s not exactly a puzzle, but it’s all about spatial awareness, problem solving, and critical thinking. This ball maze is TOUGH – ages 8+ is what the box says. It’s been a 5+ here (and an equal obsession for my husband).
One of my hands down favorite puzzles and not the easiest one to do. It’s challenging in the best way – my daughter was two when she got this and now at age 6, it’s still a hit.
It’s another not-quite-a-puzzle, but a seriously fantastic logic game for kids. Problem solving and critical thinking abound here. This is a perfect “quiet time” activity for kids.
Moving up to 200 piece puzzles is a huge moment. This puzzle is so gorgeous.
As kids age, large floor puzzles are where it’s at!
BONUS: Wire Puzzle Storage Rack
I would be lost without my puzzle racks as storage – I love this one so much, we have two of them.