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Puzzles for Kids - Kid Puzzles for the Early Years

Updated on March 26, 2009

Puzzles for Kids and why they love them

Kids and Puzzles seem to go naturally together. Almost all of us grow up with kid puzzles around the house and some of our earliest memories involve fitting puzzle pieces together.

Solving puzzles is a fun activity and Children start enjoying puzzles as early as 1 year old fitting pieces of a certain shape into the corresponding holes. Materials for this type of children's puzzles vary from wood to plastic.

By age 3, children can solve more complex tray puzzles with 10 to 20 pieces. These puzzles tend to have a tray into which the puzzle pieces fit. The pieces are generally cut into objects with the objective of match the object piece with a similarly shaped hole. Next comes puzzles with interlocking shapes. My 5 year old can quite easily now complete a puzzle of 30 pieces or more.

Different kid puzzles appeal to different kinds of children depending on their age and preference although most enjoy more than one type of kid's puzzles. As the kids grow older, they move on to jigsaw puzzles that form attractive images that appeal to children.

Kids Puzzles and the Business of Learning

5 reasons Puzzles are important to your Child

Playing is the business of childhood and puzzles play a big role in the education of school-age and younger children as well. Kids Puzzles offer opportunities for a child to develop fundamental skills that can be further developed in later schoolwork. Some of these skills include:

  1. Develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills - the same skills that are necessary to hold a pencil

  2. Visual and Spacial skills through the ability to recognize piece shapes, colors, patters and sizes - the same skills needed to learn the alphabet of recognize numbers.

  3. Logic, problem solving and conceptual thinking

  4. Patience and Concentration

  5. Achievement - kids get so much enjoyment out of completing a puzzle they often solve the same puzzle over and over again.

Your Child's Photo on a Puzzle

Kids Photo puzzles personalized with their own picture are great fun and loved by all. The enjoyment and recognition they get from seeing their own picture or that of their family on the puzzle makes these a big hit.

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Turn your favorite phototographs into high quality Kids Puzzles. This is a great way to enjoy your photos and makes a unique gift to give someone close to you. Ordering is easy! Select the puzzle size you want and upload your image file.
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Younger Kids Puzzle Sizes

30 piece Puzzle (Price $15.95)

48 piece puzzle (Price $15.95)

100 piece puzzle (Price $20.95)

Large Piece Puzzles

35 piece puzzle (Price $25.95)

70 piece puzzle (Price $69.95)

105 piece puzzle (Price $99.95)

Older Kids Puzzle Sizes

165 piece puzzle (Price $19.95)

240 piece puzzle (Price $20.95)

300 piece puzzle (Price $25.95)

500 piece puzzle (Price $35.95)


Puzzles for Kids: Food for the Brain

by Stephanie Blackstone

Puzzles are one of the great pleasures of life when you are young. They represent a test of abilities, a mystery to be solved, a new challenge to be conquered. Puzzles stimulate minds, challenging kids to think in new ways and engrossing them for long chunks of time. With such a wide range of benefits to your child, its no wonder that all children love puzzles.

Exercise for the Brain

Think of puzzles as a workout for your child's brain. Children are forced to concentrate on the task at hand, both observing individual pieces and the puzzle as a whole. Kids learn to process information, strengthening problem-solving skills and applying their solutions. Puzzles make use of hand eye coordination and fine motor skills as kids manipulate puzzle pieces; organization as they sort puzzle pieces; spatial perception as they fit pieces together. Puzzles are a stimulating form of tactile play, completely engaging children and using many senses.

Satisfaction

Regardless of age, kids gain a real sense of satisfaction and pride from a completed puzzle. As children take on increasingly difficult puzzles, mastering new skills and building on others, they gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. Puzzles foster greater self-esteem and a feeling of accomplishment.

Social Skills

Puzzles frequently are social activities. Young children complete puzzles together as a form of cooperative play, while older children work together to complete more complicated puzzles. This interaction is a great source of social development. Kids learn how to share pieces with each other, how to cooperate to reach their goal, how to help one another, how to handle frustration when a piece doesn't fit. Completing the puzzle acts as positive reinforcement, encouraging the behavior and making it easier for kids to repeat the good behavior.

Family Time

Puzzles are an ideal activity for family time. Puzzles give us a chance to spend some quiet, quality time with our kids, engrossed in a constructive activity that kids of any age can enjoy. Children get the social benefits of a group activity, as well as benefiting from valuable time with Mom or Dad.

Helping Kids Benefit From Puzzles

There are a few ways we can help young kids really benefit from puzzles:

1. Young kids need to see the whole picture before you start working on the puzzle. If you are working on a simple jigsaw puzzle, make sure they see a picture of the entire puzzle before you start working on it. If you are working on a wooden puzzle or shape sorter, let kids see what the puzzle looks like before you take the pieces out.

2.Talk about the pieces to younger children. Ask about the colors, patterns or lines on the pieces. This helps kids with pattern recognition and matching pieces together.

3.Try not to do it for your little one so they get the resulting sense of achievement. Encourage kids to wiggle the piece a little or try turning it to fit it into the puzzle.

4.Try starting the puzzle with a corner piece, since they are easier to distinguish from other pieces.

Subtly put a few connecting pieces closer to your child, so she can have the satisfaction of putting the correct pieces together. Sometimes this is all it takes to get them started or help them focus if they are getting frustrated.

Puzzles provide a great mental work out for kids, hidden in a fun and entertaining game. No other playtime activity offers quite as many cognitive and developmental benefits as puzzles.

Article supplied by: Mirror Image Writing

Melissa & Doug Puzzles for Kids - High Quality Educational Puzzles

In 19898 Melissa & Doug started their company in the garage of the home where Doug grew up. Their philosophy has remained the same over the years-to make each and every customer a happy and permanent member of the Melissa & Doug family, while offering products with tremendous value, quality and design.

Melissa & Doug Puzzles for Kids are some of the best made, most popoular puzzles on the market today

Melissa & Doug Construction Site Vehicles Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle With Storage Tray (12 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Construction Site Vehicles Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle With Storage Tray (12 pcs)

This 12-piece wooden jigsaw features a bright graphic design and is made from solid wood pieces that easily interlock and fit into a convenient wood tray. A wonderful first jigsaw puzzle! Young children can practice spatial-visual skills, problem solving and fine motor skills. Measures 8.5" x 11".

 

Kids Puzzles for the Early Years - Large Knob Wooden Puzzles

Melissa & Doug Farm Animals Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle
Melissa & Doug Farm Animals Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle

Bright, bold colors and friendly, recognizable animal characters make this puzzle a winner. Extra-large knobs make it easy for small hands to remove each wooden puzzle piece. Matching full-color pictures are underneath to guide little ones. This super-sized, solid-wood puzzle with chunky half-inch-thick pieces is the perfect first puzzle. Measures 15.5"H x 12"W x 1.5"D.

 
Melissa & Doug House Pets Jumbo Knob Puzzle - 3 Piece
Melissa & Doug House Pets Jumbo Knob Puzzle - 3 Piece

Can you find a home for the dog, cat and bird' Toddlers will love this super-sized, solid-wood puzzle with chunky half-inch-thick pieces -- it's the perfect first puzzle. Extra-large knobs make it easy for small hands to play with each brightly colored puzzle piece. Matching full-color pictures are hiding underneath each piece. Measures 12.5"H x 12.5"W x 1.7"D.

 
Melissa & Doug Barnyard Animals Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle - Horse, Cow, and Sheep
Melissa & Doug Barnyard Animals Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle - Horse, Cow, and Sheep

Can you find a home for these barnyard animals' Toddlers will love this super-sized, solid-wood puzzle with chunky half-inch-thick pieces -- it's the perfect first puzzle. Extra-large knobs make it easy for small hands to play with each brightly colored puzzle piece. Matching full-color pictures are hiding underneath each piece. Measures 12.5"H x 12.5"W x 1.7"D.

 
Melissa & Doug Stop Sign (Vehicles) Jumbo Knob Puzzle
Melissa & Doug Stop Sign (Vehicles) Jumbo Knob Puzzle

The three bright, bold vehicles featured in this puzzle will captivate and intrigue preschoolers. Extra-large knobs make it easy for small hands to remove each brightly colored piece. Pull out the pieces to reveal the matching full-color pictures underneath. This super-sized, solid-wood puzzle with extra-chunky half-inch-thick pieces is the perfect first puzzle. Measures 12.5"H x 12.5"W x 1.7"D.

 
Melissa & Doug Large Shapes Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle (8 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Large Shapes Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle (8 pcs)

Can you find a home for these different shapes' Toddlers will love this super-sized, solid-wood puzzle with chunky half-inch-thick pieces -- it's the perfect first puzzle. Extra-large knobs make it easy for small hands to play with each brightly colored puzzle piece. Matching full-color pictures are hiding underneath each piece. Measures 15.5"H x 12"W x 1.5"D.

 

Touch and Feel Puzzles

These puzzles stimulate tactile and hand/eye development. Colorful, wooden puzzles feature uniquely-textured pieces that help stimulate tactile and hand/eye development. Bright, colorful and dynamic puzzles which enriches the child's imagination.

Farm Peg Puzzle with 5 wooden pieces

Farmyard Wooden Peg Puzzle
Farmyard Wooden Peg Puzzle

This puzzle is as durable as it is beautiful. The colors are soft, almost like watercolors. The pegs are big enough for a newly mobile 1 year old to handle confidently. A great present for any toddler, but would be especially appreciated by those families interested in natural, non-toxic, Waldorf or Montessori materials for their children.

 

Sababa / Fisher Price Deluxe Alphabet Puzzle with Sound

Sababa / Fisher Price Deluxe Alphabet Puzzle with Sound
Sababa / Fisher Price Deluxe Alphabet Puzzle with Sound

* It's both fun and educational!

* A classic lift and lay wood board puzzle

* Comes with 26 raised puzzle pieces

* This preschool puzzle teaches the alphabet

* Plays the full alphabet song after child completes the puzzle

 

Melissa and Doug Upper & Lower Case Alphabet

Melissa & Doug Upper & Lower Case Alphabet Letters Wooden Puzzle (52 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Upper & Lower Case Alphabet Letters Wooden Puzzle (52 pcs)

My son was around 21 months when he knew his capital letters really well. At about two, I bought this puzzle, so he could learn the lowercase as well. Much to my surprise, he not only learned the lowercase letters quickly after playing the puzzle, but he quickly learned how to say all the pictures below the pieces, and says those words when he is doing another alphabet puzzle I have which has no pictures on it. Well worth the price I paid for the hours we have played with them over the last month.

 

Tell us some stories about your kids experience with puzzles and if they helped start the learning process.

Does your Child like Puzzles?

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      kpcwriting2 6 years ago

      My son's birthday is coming up soon. Thanks for the great suggestion.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done page. I hope it works for you and your business. I have a number of jigsaw puzzle lenses and I am going to lensroll this one to my Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles Lensography.

      Brenda