Choosing Puzzles for Kids of All Ages

Jigsaw puzzles have been around since the mid-1700s and have provided both adults and children with hours of low-cost, family-friendly interactive entertainment. In addition to being a great stress reliever and a wonderful way to bring your household together, piecing together a jigsaw puzzle or helping children put together puzzles for kids can improve your short-term memory, increase your ability to problem-solve and enhance your visual-spatial reasoning, a skill which helps you see how something fits into a larger picture. Jigsaw puzzles also encourage family members to unplug from an increasingly digital world, and let's face it, they're just plain good fun. So whether you're searching for simple, educational jigsaw puzzles for kids or complex jigsaw puzzles for adults with 1000 pieces or more, there is a puzzle game at Walmart Canada for everyone.

Puzzles for Kids: Babies and Toddlers

If you're looking for jigsaw puzzles for your youngest family members, look for peg puzzles, which have attached pegs or knobs that make the pieces easier to handle and are perfect for the littlest hands. These puzzles have chunky parts, which are too large for a baby or toddler to swallow and are made from durable materials such as wood or heavy-duty plastic, meaning that a baby can't get a piece off to put in his mouth. Peg puzzles are usually visually appealing and meant to teach children basic concepts such as colours, shapes or alphabet letters.

Toddlers may also enjoy sound puzzles, which play realistic sounds, often of animals, when a child places a puzzle piece in its proper spot. These simple puzzles are engaging and begin to teach children about cause and effect.

Puzzles Designed for Young Children

Floor puzzles are usually large but have 50 pieces or less and are constructed of cardboard or foam, making them more appropriate for children ages 4 and up. Because they're meant to be assembled on the floor, these jigsaw puzzles for kids can be completed by multiple children and are ideal for building early social skills.

Sometimes called tray puzzles, frame puzzles for kids have a fixed boundary, like a picture frame, to make the puzzle seem less overwhelming. These puzzles often include a background image of the completed puzzle to guide children along the way. These kid-friendly puzzles are a good choice for children between the ages of 3 and 5.

Puzzles Suitable for Older Children

Depending on factors such as the age and attention span of a child, puzzles for older children can range from 50-piece jigsaw puzzles for those aged 5 to 6, all the way to 500 pieces for children ages 12 and up. Teenagers and savvier pre-teens who like a challenge may also be ready for more complex adult jigsaw puzzles.

Three-dimensional puzzles are another great choice for older kids or even adults. As their name implies, once put together, these puzzles create a miniature 3D model of the puzzle item, which might be a building, a dinosaur, another animal or a shape such as an orb. These puzzles are often decorative and meant to be displayed and sometimes include additional features, such as sound, when completed.

Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

Kids aren't the only ones who enjoy a good puzzle game. Puzzles for adults are generally more complex — sometimes with complicated patterns and colour schemes. Adults tend to prefer 500+ piece jigsaw puzzles with images that are pleasing to the eye. These puzzles can have a variety of themes, with landscapes, animals and fantasy art among the favourites. Don't forget to add puzzle glue to your creations to preserve them for hanging.

Mystery jigsaw puzzles provide an additional challenge, combining the jigsaw puzzle with a murder mystery. These unique puzzles require the player to riddle out a series of non-visual clues in addition to putting together the puzzle to solve a larger murder mystery.

Jigsaw puzzles for adults are evolving to become more challenging than ever, and puzzles can have up to 24,000 pieces. Consumers can now purchase jigsaw puzzles that have images on both sides of the puzzle and photo-mosaic puzzles where the primary image is formed by a composite of much tinier images. There are even single-colour jigsaw puzzles for a true challenge.

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