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Keep Their Minds Sharp with These 500-Piece Puzzles

Hands of a little child and parent plying jigsaw puzzle game on a wooden table

It’s not uncommon to hear parents complain about how hard it is to keep their kids from staring at screens all day. One way to limit kids’ screen time is to occupy their young minds with an analog activity, like these 500-piece puzzles. In addition to providing an alternative to a tablet or smartphone, these puzzles help to improve hand-eye coordination, sharpen problem-solving skills and develop spatial awareness.

This 500-piece puzzle is an intermediate choice because much of the puzzle’s image features large swaths of muted hues. The finished puzzle measures 21.25 inches by 15 inches and the set includes a bonus poster.

Pictured from the perspective of someone curled up on the couch with a good book, this 500-piece puzzle measures 27 inches by 20 inches when fully assembled and features softclick technology pieces.

Children will love the dramatic coloring of this 550-piece puzzle. The image focuses on Harry and includes Hagrid, Ron, Hermione and Professor Dumbledore along with the iconic Hogwarts in the backdrop.

We like this 500-piece puzzle because it’s a fun option to break out during a family game night or on a rainy day when you’re cooped up indoors. Kids of all ages will love the unique spin on a rainbow made from popsicles.

Each of these 500-piece puzzles measures 18 inches by 24 inches when fully assembled. You’ll appreciate that the puzzles are made from recycled materials with unique die-cut pieces.

Expert Commentary

My kids love doing puzzles and they enjoy the challenge of putting together a 500-piece project and seeing the end result. The fun puzzles here are great options for developing dexterity and problem-solving skills.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


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