Finding the right puzzles for a kid can be, er, puzzling (sorry 🙈). Especially as there are so many to pick from. You want to get them something that’s going to stretch their imaginations, but not so hard that they get frustrated or bored - trust us, we’ve been there. We’ve got loads of cool puzzles at KIDLY and so, to help you find the perfect fit, we’ve put together a little guide to what's right for each stage.
Early puzzlers: 6-12 months
They probably won’t be grasping the idea of puzzles and games just yet. But it doesn’t mean you can’t start off their journey subconsciously. Once they are starting to reach out for toys, the Wee Gallery Sensory Clutch Ball, is a great first intro into the puzzling world. Featuring monochrome graphics and fun textures, it’s great to get their minds ticking and hands moving.
Around the 11 month stage, when they're beginning to grasp the idea of different colours and shapes, Djeco's Woody Pets Puzzle features friendly-looking and easy-to-grab wooden animal pieces that are pleasing to play with even before they manage to slot them into the right spots on the board.
Mini problem-solvers: 12-18 months
We love this stage. They’re into everything and anything and ready to learn. So take advantage. Get those little brains thinking, those fine motor skills tuning and (hopefully) bums sitting still for a few minutes at a time. Jabadabado's Panda Stacker is brightly coloured, with simple pleasing shapes to sort and is the kind of toy that looks great on the shelf between play sessions. We also love this Janod Fruit Tree Puzzle, which features easy to-grab-fruits in a stylishly chunky design.
Midi problem-solvers: 18-36 months
If they’ve long since cracked that shape sorter and you're looking for a puzzle with an extra layer of engagement, Janod's The Farm Observation Puzzle first challenges them to create the farm scene from the 24 chunky and easy-to-handle puzzle pieces. Next step is to discover the 29 different items shown on the bottom of the puzzle and the handy carry-case. It's stimulating, tidy and great for travel too. We love.
Preschool puzzlers: 36+ months
Once they're starting to think for themselves and create stories, fuel their imagination and help them with their cognitive skills with this Janod Magnetibook Educational Toy. Featuring a range of shapes that can be placed on a magnetic board, this little gem is a great way to capture their creative skills. And it’s big enough to share with siblings 😉. There's a whole range of Magnetibooks and they're one of KIDLY's best-sellers, year-round.
Another cool pick that teaches a useful life skill is this fun Wooden Teaching Clock Puzzle from Best Years. First off, they have the fun of figuring out how to put together. Then, using the hands, hours and minutes written around the outside, they can start to learn time-telling. After all, there's no time like the present, as they say.
So there you have it - some puzzle picks that should fit the bill. But if you need any more advice on the best puzzles or games for any stage, or any help at all, just pop us a message on Live Chat. We're here 7am - 11pm every day and we'll do all we can to set you on the right track. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.