Best Puzzles for Toddlers to Help Their Minds Take Shape
by Samantha McIntyre
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Feeling puzzled trying to find ways to actively engage your little one while working to disconnect them from digital devices and electronic toys? Time to take an old-school approach and introduce your toddler to an excellent early-learning educational tool that turns problem solving into hours of fun: puzzles.
- Best Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle: SKYFIELD Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
- Best Puzzle For Teaching Shapes: GYBBER&MUMU Wooden Preschool Colorful Shape Puzzle
- Best Puzzle For Teaching Numbers: Top Bright Wooden Number Puzzle
- Best Animal Puzzle: SKYFIELD Wooden Animal Jigsaw Puzzle
- Best Peg Puzzle: Melissa & Dough See-Inside Alphabet Peg Puzzle
- Best Wooden Puzzle For Boys: Melissa & Doug Vehicle Sound Wooden Peg Puzzle
- Best Musical Puzzle: Pinkfong Baby Shark Chunky Wooden sound Puzzle
- Best Jigsaw Puzzle For Girls: Ravensburger ‘The Little Mermaid’ Puzzle
- Best Dinosaur Puzzle: HIPGCC Wooden Winding Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle
- Best Interactive Puzzle: Clemontoni PAW Patrol Giant Electronic Interactive Jigsaw Puzzle
- Best Personalized Name Puzzle: Fat Brian Toys Wooden Personalized Name Puzzle
- Best Floor Puzzle: Melissa & Doug Traffic Jam Floor Puzzle
- Best Magnetic Puzzle: Agirlgle Magnetic 3D Magic Cube Jigsaw Puzzle
- Best Foam Puzzle For Girls: Disney ‘Sofia The First’ 25 Pieces Soft Foam Puzzle Mat
- Best Foam Puzzle For Boys: Cardinal ‘PJ Masks’ Foam Puzzle Mat 25 Pieces
These beginner brain-building activities are designed to challenge and entertain your tiny tot, but they also offer many other benefits. For starters, puzzles build confidence and a sense of achievement. They also help children develop fine motor skills beginning at age 1, and strengthen hand-eye coordination and stimulate critical thinking. Little ones will begin to distinguish colors and shapes early on while later learning letters and numbers.
When trying to decide which puzzle is best for your babe, start with the basics before moving on to puzzles with multiple pieces that are better suited for older kids. Consider sturdy, shape-sorting puzzles with big pieces designed for little hands, flexible foam puzzles and floor puzzles recommended for older toddlers ages 3 and up. As for choosing a puzzle theme — well, there are so many that the possibilities are endless! Whether you have a dinosaur-loving little one or a toddler obsessed with cars, princesses or Baby Shark, we’ve pieced together a roundup of fun puzzles to challenge young minds to see the bigger picture.
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