Puzzles are a great educational toy. There are a lot of different types of puzzles. Here are some that we have.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jungle Friends (Safari) Jumbo Knob
This is a great one for the younger crowd. The knobs on this puzzle are very large (relative to pegs), which makes it easy for little hands to grasp.
I would highly recommend this for children 18 months and younger. Melissa and Doug make these puzzles with barn animals, vehicles, shapes, water animals, pets, etc.
Melissa & Doug Farm Sound Puzzle
Peg puzzles are great for young children. These peg puzzles are great for your child as soon as she develops her pincher grasp. You can find these puzzles from all sorts of companies and with all sorts of themes. Something fun about this one from Melissa and Doug is that when you put the animal in the right spot, it makes the appropriate animal noise.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Safari Chunky Puzzle
We don't own this yet, but are getting it for McKenna for Christmas so I thought I would tell you about it to take into consideration as you think about puzzles. The fun thing about these puzzles are that the animals can stand on their own for further play. I will let you know how the kids like it; I think it will be a hit.
Touch and Feel
Melissa & Doug Farm Touch and Feel Puzzle
This is one we don't have, but I love the concept and wanted to make sure you know about it. Touch and feel puzzles! They sound fun.
You can find all sorts of puzzles to promote letter learning, numbers, shapes, hands, feet, etc. We have an alphabet puzzle made by Leap Frog. I can't find it anywhere, so it might be discontinued. Most alphabet puzzles are quite similar.
Melissa & Doug Fire Truck Sound Puzzle
Melissa and Doug also make a lot of sound puzzles. Brayden has this one. When you complete the puzzle, it makes the siren sound of a fire truck. We also have the farm peg puzzle listed above.
Melissa & Doug Pets Cube Puzzle
I really like these puzzles. They don't require fine motor skills so much as analytical skills. You can make several different pictures with the one puzzle. Your child has to look at small details to figure out which side of the cube goes to the puzzle he is trying to complete, and then where it goes.
Vehicles Jigsaw Puzzles in a Wooden Box
Thispuzzle is comes with four puzzles. The pieces all fit in the box and you can complete the puzzle on the lid. This is a great puzzle to take with you when you travel. We took ours with us one time when we went camping this summer, and I was glad we did. It rained and rained one morning and the kids did puzzles. Each picture has a certain shape on the back of its pieces, so you know which pieces go with which picture.
Prehistoric Sunset Puzzle by Melissa & Doug
A nice thing about this typ eof 24 piece puzzle by Melissa and Doug is that it has a border around the edge. It is a great beginning jigsaw for your child. You can also get this style in 48 piece.
Melissa & Doug USA Map 51 pcs Floor Puzzle
Floor puzzles are another fun aspect to puzzles.
Feel free to share puzzles you love!