How to Choose Jigsaw for A Child According To Age?
You can also get floor puzzles with around 12 big pieces which are can be good for 2 to 3 year olds. A good way to start to do floor puzzles with younger children is to do the puzzle for them. Then when its completed take one or two pieces away. You can then ask them where the missing pieces go and to help you put them back.
My 3 year old currently loves doing the Melissa and Doug See and Spell puzzles featured in the picture opposite.
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They are letter puzzles where you have the picture of an object with its word next to it. The word is a puzzle and you have to find the correct letters to fit in it.
The photo features lots of the picture boards. You can turn each picture board over and there is another word on the other side.
We actually used these with my eldest son. He did them at ages 3 and 4 and enjoyed them just as much.
melissa and Doug See and Spell
Melissa & Doug Under the Sea Ocean Animals Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
He could complete 24 and 35 piece jigsaws quite easily. He could do 50 piece jigsaw puzzles with a little help. He could do even bigger jigsaws with a little more help. All these puzzles featured pieces with larger pieces than standard adult sized jigsaws.
Most 5 year olds should be able to do a 24 piece floor puzzle quite easily with some practice. If they are used to completing jigsaw puzzles and do a lot they may be able to do puzzles up to 100 pieces or possibly more (again with xxl pieces). But for most kids between ages 5 or 6, a jigsaw of about 48 to 60 pieces is a good size (challenging but not too easy).
When buying jigsaw puzzles for my 5 year old, I found its best to choose one with a picture which appeals to them. My own son loved to do angry bird puzzles. My neice loved princess puzzles. Other ideas include , superheros, dinosaurs or other puzzles with movie or TV characters..
Learning Resources Magnetic U.S. Map Puzzle
This is a 45 magnetic puzzle which is aimed at kids between 4 plus, although I think a 4 year old will need help to do this one.
The puzzle pieces are magnetic so you can do this one on the fridge.
It's extremely educational as kids are not only improving fine motor skills but learning the states of America at the same time.
The puzzle comes with an outline that children can use to help them put the pieces in the right place. However, they can do it without the outline if they prefer.
Ravensburger do a range of puzzles of 100 pieces which have xxl pieces. As the pieces are bigger than a standard adult sized puzzle, it makes the puzzles easier to do. They have all kinds of themed puzzles including Frozen, Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon, Disney Cars and lots more. Check out the Ravensburger puzzles here.
60 Piece Princess Puzzle
This is obviously an excellent puzzle option for princess fans.
Kids are often enthusiastic to do puzzles of things they are interested in, so if they love Disney princesses this one is a must.
The puzzle is made by Ravensburger and is 60 pieces. The pieces are a nice size (bigger than standard size but not too large). It's a nice one for older kids to do independently or younger kids to do with an adult.
At age 7, a puzzles of 48 to 60 pieces is quite a nice beginner size. You could choose puzzles with smaller pieces to make it more challenging. But for an extra challenge puzzles of 100 pieces are a good size. As detailed above, Ravensburger do some great 100 piece puzzles with xxl and xl pieces which are perfect for kids. In the picture opposite is the 100 piece Dragons themed puzzle my 7 year old son is currently doing. It has xxl pieces.
Check it out here.
Ravensburger also make 150 piece puzzles with extra large pieces too.
100 piece Extra large solar system puzzle
Realm of the Giants XXL 200 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
This 200 piece dinosaur jigsaw is made up of XXL pieces and is recommended for kids aged 8 plus.
As already stated the quality of Ravensburger puzzles are excellent and the puzzles are durable and will last.
As the pieces fit together so nicely it makes it a really pleasant experience to do the puzzle and kids are less likely to get frustrated.
Eco Friendly Jigsaw Puzzles
Types of Puzzles
Peg puzzles are generally wooden puzzles with little pegs on that help kids lift them out and put them back in the puzzle. They are great for younger kids.
3d puzzles are puzzles which create 3d models after they are completed. They tend to be great for older kids and teenagers. You can get 3D puzzles of landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower which are great to display when completed.
Puzzle ball - the clue is in the name - these are puzzles which are ball. You can get puzzle balls of the Earth and the planets so these are great to be displayed too.
Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids
Self esteem - Completing a challenging jigsaw puzzle can build self esteem and confidence.
Social skills - A big jigsaw puzzle can be worked on by several members of a family, friends or siblings. It can be a great team building exercise where you work together to complete a project.
Hand / eye - co-ordination - Jigsaw puzzles can help improve hand / eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.
Educational - As we've seen there are many educational jigsaw puzzles which can help teach history, geography and other concepts. There are also jigsaw puzzles to help teach letters too.
Problem Solving Skills - Kids have to think about where different pieces go and how they fit together, giving them confidence to solve problems.
Focus and concentration - Great for encouraging kids to focus and concentrate to complete a project. Also can be good to let them work on their own and develop independent working skills.