Puzzles are fun and challenging activities that can sharpen children’s critical thinking skills and improve their memory. They can also improve visual-spatial reasoning, and hildren feel a sense of accomplishment when they complete a puzzle. The following puzzles are great for developing logical skills and for introducing educational concepts that will come up when your child starts kindergarten.
The MasterPieces Explorer Kids USA Map can help children learn geography while practicing their puzzle-building skills. The assorted pieces come in the shapes of different U.S. states they can put together, learning the placement of the states as they do so. However, that’s not all this puzzle has to offer. Each piece is decorated with special features of the state in question, plus the puzzle comes with a guide to teach kids more about what they are seeing. From the Alamo in Texas to the Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania, there is plenty to explore. This puzzle is recommended for children ages 5 and up.
This 48-piece giant floor puzzle is sure to delight with its vibrant, colorful artwork. It features a number of different breeds of puppies romping on the beach. What could be better than the imagery of a dachshund enjoying a hot dog or a husky building a sandcastle? The puzzle is built with strong cardboard, so the pieces will hold up well even with repeated use. This puzzle presents a challenge for little ones to help build critical thinking skills without being overly complex. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
The Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle allows your child to view the solar system on their very own floor. Not only does this puzzle provide children with a look at what lies outside our world, but it also teaches them where the planets are in relation to the Earth. The product features a glossy finish that makes it easy to clean. This puzzle is designed to promote hand-eye coordination, develop problem-solving skills and encourage a love of astronomy.
This puzzle transports your child into the world of the largest extinct creatures and features many different types of dinosaurs your child can learn about. Its 48 thick pieces can be put together with the help of an adult, since the large pieces may be a bit of a challenge for small children to hold.
This puzzle is a must for any child who loves Disney’s hit movie Frozen. Kids will be singing their favorite songs as they sit down to assemble this jumbo-sized 46-piece puzzle. The imagery is beautiful and the graphics are pulled straight from the film. The large pieces are easy for any little one to pick up and put together, and they are durable enough for repeated use. Another fun feature is the rounded shape of the puzzle once fully assembled, which adds a little bit of a challenge. This puzzle is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
“Floor puzzles are a great way for you to interact with your child, and for kids to learn about critical thinking and recognizing patterns, shapes and colors. Multi-sensory educational play experiences are the backbone of early learning, and these floor puzzles do not disappoint. Whether your child is interested in sea creatures, dinosaurs or geography, there are floor puzzles for all interests.”
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Emily Lehman is a licensed teacher, nonprofit youth coordinator and mother of two young girls. Emily understands how to make learning fun and is a pro at engaging children in the classroom. She also learns constantly in her own experience raising children. When she isn’t teaching or raising her daughters, she is taking care of her horses and family farm.