Putting together a floor puzzle is anything but boring. Introduce your tot to the exciting challenge of puzzles with an oversize puzzle that is both educational and seriously fun. From life-size skeleton puzzles to realistic animal drawings, these toys are ready for hours of puzzling enjoyment. Along with challenging your lil one's problem-solving skills, putting together a puzzle also strengthens the little muscles in your tot's hands and his ability to focus and concentrate. So hit the floor and get ready to spread out with these extra-large puzzles!
Who says educational toys have to be boring? Not only are these puzzles fun to look at, but also, they teach tots a thing or two. With great retro detail, these toys may seem like old-school classics, but they are actually modern creations lovingly made with your tot's development in mind. From traditional flat puzzles to fun 3D teasers, your child will enjoy figuring out how to put these toys together — as well as take them apart.
Sure, there's Sudoku to exercise your math skills, and we've loved playing Words With Friends over the years. But if you are in need of a new word obsession, we're here to help you satisfy your gaming fix. Whether you prefer traditional Scrabble- and Hangman-style games or like to engage in friendly competition in your social network sphere, we've got 10 word puzzles to boost your vocabulary prowess.
Before families can gather around the table to complete a true jigsaw puzzle, lil ones must master smaller versions designed expressly for their hands. Chunky, five to 10 piece puzzles can be constructed quickly to stay within their attention span. Here are six versions that may inspire wee ones to start building.
Birthdays come and go and so do the trendy presents. Kidlandia, the company known for their maps, will soon offer gifters the option of giving a lifelong keepsake — a personalized puzzle. Children just log on to the computer site and select a landform, type in their name and birth date along with about 20 other names and then the map is created. The virtual map is free, but the physical puzzle is purchased for $40.
The company recently surprised us with a LilSugar one reflective of all the features on the website, and we had a good time putting it together. The 30-piece puzzle was simple enough for a school-aged child to connect without assistance and a good tool for them to practice reading. Older kids may prefer the more challenging 513 piece one. The puzzles are also large enough so kiddos can have their action figures explore "Avery Island" or swim in "Jack's Sea." The puzzles come in a sturdy tin to keep track of all pieces.
No, mommy's not carrying a watermelon in her tummy! Explaining to your toddler that your ever-growing mid-section actually contains a baby may feel like a lesson in futility. Beleduc's Mother's Body Wooden Puzzle ($22.50) aims to bring the concept to life for the soon-to-be big sibling. With five layers depicting various stages of the lil one's development, the puzzle provides an illustrated look inside mama's belly. While the puzzle does not explain why mum's back is aching and her ankles are swelling, it should help children get excited for impending arrival.
Would you use a puzzle like this to help prepare a child for their new sibling?
Puzzles are a great way to challenge your kid's thinking on all different levels. Both my daughter and son have long been fans of Melissa & Doug wooden ones which are easy for lil fingers to maneuver. But no matter how organized we are with our storage basket, some pieces turn up in another room or find their way under an area rug. I recently came across a few helpful helpful racks that make sliding and securing finished puzzles into place a cinch! Check out the well made and economically priced options below.
Chunk pieces are perfect for small fingers. Some youngsters are interested in puzzles, but have a hard time putting them together. Melissa & Doug offers a line of chunky puzzles ($8) specifically designed for wee ones that feature shaped blocks instead of flat cutouts to fit the molds. The raised wooden parts are easy to grab and lay on the board. After getting frustrated with the more traditional version of wooden puzzles, my 18-month-old son received one of these as a gift and has just enough patience to put it together. Available in many colorful themes from shapes to the alphabet to an animal farm and safari, there's one for every tot.
Traditional puzzles are put to shame by these colorful, three dimensional wooden ones by IMAGIplay.
Priced between $13 and $30, the interlocking shapes are a great way for your mini me to get his lil mind working.
Offering everything from rainbow snails to monkeys and koalas in trees, your tot is sure to find a favorite animal puzzle.
And, you can relax since the toys are made of rubberwood and chemical free paint.
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Celebrating diversity is a valuable lesson for children to learn in this growing global world of ours.
Eeboo lends parents and teachers a hand with the I Never Forget a Face matching game ($14). Children can sharpen their memory and match–making skills while learning about different cultures and customs.
Lil ones will delight in learning about their friends around the world. Japanese, Swedish, African, Hispanic and Indian backgrounds are just a few of the many represented.