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Wooden Cube Storybook Puzzles

Updated on August 30, 2017

Toddlers Colorful Animal Cube Puzzle

Parents and Grandparents are often looking for good, educational gifts. Wooden block storyblock puzzles are some of the best, and most popular, toys for toddlers, and per-schoolers. The cubes are just the right size for small hands, besides they like the colorful pieces.

Toddlers love to pick things up, to try to build things, and to play with colorful interesting toys. This Toddler wooden block puzzle has been a favorite for 4 of my Grandkids-2 of them as Toddlers, and 2 as young children. For over 12 years it has satisfied their need for independent play, and my desire for them to have fun while learning.

In this article you will find several ways that these puzzles help teach your child many different developmental skills and motor skills. You can even get ideas of what to do with the blocks when a child, or the dog, chews one of the pieces.

All Images Copyright: Kathy McGraw

Best Toys for Toddlers Wooden Cube Puzzles
Best Toys for Toddlers Wooden Cube Puzzles

Not all Children Develop at the same time

Children need a variety of activities to keep from being bored, and to help them learn- something fun and challenging.

Wooden Block Puzzles for older Toddlers- 3-5 - Toddlers and Parents love Wooden Cube Puzzles

Older Toddler's puzzles have more pieces and they are better at putting them together.

Melissa & Doug Pets Wooden Cube Puzzle With Storage Tray (16 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Pets Wooden Cube Puzzle With Storage Tray (16 pcs)

This Puzzle is more appropriate for older Toddlers, usually over 3 years.

But then again, it depends on your child! You can play with a 2 year old

with this one, but typically their cognitive development isn't mature

enough at this point to do a puzzle with this many pieces.

 

Helping your child when they're bored with their toys

Many children have a lot of toys, some have just a few. But regardless of how many they have they can become bored. This Video gives a couple really good tips for preventing the toy from becoming boring. I know I have used these tips for all my children, and for the Wooden Puzzle it is always "new" because the children don't live with me, nor come over every week.


Choosing that Special Toy for a Toddler - Wooden Block Puzzles have always been fun for Toddlers

Animal wooden block puzzle
Animal wooden block puzzle

I love educational toys, and interactive ones. Several years ago I was looking for that "something special" toy for my 3 year old grandchild. You know, that something that would entertain them, be fun, yet wasn't the same toy that could be found on every shelf of every store. Something special that would last.

I saw these Wooden Block Storybook Puzzles, in a nice wooden box and loved the picture, so I bought it. It has 30 different blocks with a puzzle piece on each side. I loved the idea it was wooden so would last, and that it came in it's own wooden box with one of the puzzle pictures glued onto the front. It also looked like something I would enjoy helping my grand daughter master.

You know, we do buy what we like!

Developmental Activities For Use With Your Cube Puzzle - Puzzle pieces can be used as learning tools

Kathy McGraw's photo of cube puzzles and activities
Kathy McGraw's photo of cube puzzles and activities

There are several different activities you can play with the wooden blocks from your puzzle as your child progresses in skills. Here are just a few.

  1. Recall/Memory: Turn blocks over and tell child-Find me a Rabbit. Find me a Duck.

    Depending on the age of your toddler you can have as little as 3 cubes for the young 2's, up to using all of them for the older 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

  2. Learning and Re-enforcing Colors: What color is the rabbit? What color is the Duck? Once your child has learned the basic colors you can have them "tell" you the colors, however when they are learning you can ask them, is the duck blue? What is blue...and show them. Is the duck yellow...yes the duck is yellow. Good for whatever age you start teaching colors...usually around 2 or 3.
  3. Counting: How many blocks did you use to make that fox? Young 2 year old's grow so fast in their skills it's amazing. By the time they are 2 1/2 they should be able to do basic counting that is not memorizing (like the alphabet song...(they repeat it, but don't really know the alphabet).With repetition they learn very quickly and can tell you how many cubes they used to make the fox.
  4. Fine Motor Skills/Sensory Processing: Let's trace the tree with our fingers. This activity is one you will do with them once they learn how to follow simple directions around 2.
  5. Creativity and Gross Motor Skills Let's jump over the ball like the fox jumped over the tree. Let's hop like bunnies and go find something to eat. This one is fun as kids love to hop and jump and again it depends on your own toddler. You will know when it is appropriate for your child.
  6. Speech and Language Skills: Make up a story together about the pictures of the puzzles: This one is usually for older 2's on up. You can make it as simple or complex as you would like. You can take a couple of the blocks, or a whole puzzle and tell a story about it. Or you can ask them fun questions, but make them open ended ones nothing where they say just yes or no!

Wooden Storybook Block Puzzles

Kids love Fairytales, and this wooden cube puzzle with 9 blocks lets them make different ones.

Fairytale - Cube Puzzle
Fairytale - Cube Puzzle

Make six different pictures with 12 wooden blocks.

 

Toddlers have fun while learning with Wooden Block Puzzles - Toddlers learn colors, shapes, and matching skills

Melissa & Doug are known for their wooden toys for toddlers. These pattern blocks are no different. The 2 piece block puzzles that make sounds require batteries...3 AAA ones.

Melissa & Doug Beginner Wooden Pattern Blocks Educational Toy With 5 Double-Sided Scenes and 30 Shapes
Melissa & Doug Beginner Wooden Pattern Blocks Educational Toy With 5 Double-Sided Scenes and 30 Shapes

Help you child learn patterns with this Beginner Block Puzzle set. You get 10 patterns and 30 shapes to make things toddlers recognize.

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Melissa & Doug Farm Sound Blocks 6-in-1 Puzzle With Wooden Tray
Melissa & Doug Farm Sound Blocks 6-in-1 Puzzle With Wooden Tray

Kids are rewarded by animal sounds when they correctly place the right pieces onto the tray. Great for learning.

 
Melissa & Doug Vehicles Sound Blocks 6-in-1 Puzzle With Wooden Tray
Melissa & Doug Vehicles Sound Blocks 6-in-1 Puzzle With Wooden Tray

Same 2 block puzzle as the Farm one, but with vehicle sounds.

 

All Children are Different

Knowing your child and how they play helps you determine the most suitable toys for THEM!

Wooden Block Puzzles aren't safe for Teething Toddlers
Wooden Block Puzzles aren't safe for Teething Toddlers

Wooden Blocks aren't safe for all Toddlers

Supervision recommended for certain ages and development

Wooden toys have their own safety hazards. As with all toys, knowing your child's habits will determine the amount of supervision needed for fun and safe play.

While I was writing this, I had taken the pieces out of the box and forgot one on the floor. This is what is left of our great puzzle after my dog finished chewing it! The only good thing about this is it reminded me that these wooden blocks

ARE NOT SAFE for teething Toddlers without supervision!

What to do with wooden cube puzzle when one piece is missing
What to do with wooden cube puzzle when one piece is missing

Anyone have any good ideas, please add them here ( regular guestbook further down on page). What would you do with a puzzle that is missing one of the pieces? How would a Toddler still use Wooden Cube Puzzles that don't have all the blocks?

Wooden Cube Puzzle Review Guestbook

Best Toys for Toddlers Wooden Cube Puzzles
Best Toys for Toddlers Wooden Cube Puzzles

Comments - Also let us know if you bought any Wooden cube puzzles before for your Toddler?

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    • BarbRad profile image

      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I think you've shared a lot of good ideas here for ways to use these wooden block puzzles.

    • KandH profile image

      KandH 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens & yes, we did have wooden cube puzzles when my kids were small.

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      MagnoliaTree 

      6 years ago

      These are some great ideas for blocks!

    • Senora M profile image

      Senora M 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! *blessed*

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image

      Missmerfaery444 

      7 years ago

      Bestowing an April Fools Blessing on this lovely lens! I love wooden puzzles, and these cube ones are great. My toddler is on the wooden peg puzzles at the moment (some of which were mine when I was small!) and we will be progressing to these next I think!

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      @Holley Web: Thank you Holley :) And today I learned how to fix that one cube the dog ate :)

    • Holley Web profile image

      Holley Web 

      7 years ago

      Wow! What a gorgeous lens, but then yours always are :) ~Blessed~

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      These puzzles are awesome! I don't believe I have ever seen them before. Most excellent!

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      kimmanleyort 

      8 years ago

      Yes, I'm sure we did but that was soooo long ago. Excellent presentation!

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      kimmanleyort 

      8 years ago

      Wooden blocks are just the perfect toddler toy - just the right size for their little hands. Excellent lens, Kathy, with your own personal touch.

    • callinsky lm profile image

      callinsky lm 

      8 years ago

      I have never bought any, but I have played with some. (O;

    • Mihaela Vrban profile image

      Mihaela Vrban 

      8 years ago from Croatia

      Yes... And we have couple pieces missing too! :) Excellent choice for any toddler!

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