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Best Floor Puzzles for Kids 3 and Under

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Giant floor puzzles aren’t just for fun; they’re also a great way for children to utilize their motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination. Floor puzzles are also a great way for the whole family to have fun and learn together. The puzzles on this list are great for improving observational skills, hand-eye coordination, repetition and independent play. We also chose options that have wipe-clean surfaces and that are made with thick, durable materials.

Most Exciting

Galt Giant 36″ Floor Puzzle – Jungle (Toy)

List Price: $19.99 USD
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Galt puzzles are unique and detailed, made with large pieces that are easy for little hands to grab and thick material that doesn’t warp. Intricate details and fun, bright colors leave kids excited to do the puzzle again and again. We like that the pieces are unconventionally shaped, making this puzzle a little different from others. The wipe-clean surface allows for easy cleanup anywhere your child might play.

Most Educational

The Learning Journey: Puzzle Doubles – Giant ABC & 123 Train Floor Puzzles – Two Puzzles in One (Toy)

List Price: $14.99 USD
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This set contains 60 pieces, making the two puzzles more of a challenge for children who’ve had some puzzle practice before. One puzzle focuses on numbers and one focuses on the alphabet, encouraging learning in both areas. Each puzzle is 5 feet long, helping your child develop perseverance and focus as they assemble the pieces. This is a fun and educational toy for both boys and girls.

Best Value

Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Dawn Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (24 pcs, 2 x 3 feet) (Toy)

List Price: $12.99 USD
New From: $12.22 USD In Stock
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The Giant Dinosaur Floor Puzzle by Melissa & Doug comes with 26 thick, wipe-clean pieces. The image depicts bright, colorful and realistic dinosaurs, which will help your toddler learn about different types of dinosaurs, allowing them to really engage with the learning experience.

The puzzle comes with 24 pieces, which is challenging yet doable for toddlers. The brightly colored automobiles will help your child learn more about different kinds of cars, trucks, buses and emergency vehicles. Your children will love “driving” their favorite cars or trucks on the assembled puzzle.

This fun puzzle is made up of durable pieces and comes in a uniquely shaped box that makes it perfect for gifting. The box also makes it the perfect toy for travel or a wonderful shared activity for playdates. The Crocodile Creek Under the Sea Puzzle is colorful and well-designed, perfect for keeping children engaged long enough to complete the puzzle and learn about animals while doing so.

Expert Commentary

“Puzzles can help your child build problem-solving skills and develop hand-eye coordination,” Emily Lehman, a licensed teacher, says. “These basic puzzles may seem easy for an adult. However, for those under 3, these puzzles can provide a lot of learning and growth. Be careful with any child who has a tendency to chew on or eat puzzle pieces due to choking hazards; supervision is key.”

Our Expert Consultant

Emily Lehman

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.