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Why Are Wooden Puzzles Good for Kids?

Why Are Wooden Puzzles Good for Kids?

Did you know that the first toy Bigjigs ever made was a wooden puzzle? Nearly 40 years ago, in 1985, Bigjigs' founders Liz and Peter Ireland started their journey into toy-making by crafting kids' jigsaw puzzles from old wooden floorboards. Working from their small garden shed in Kent, UK, they sold their creations to local customers. Today, Bigjigs' popular puzzles and playthings can be found all over the world!

Wooden Puzzles: The Benefits

Crafting wooden puzzles that stand the test of time is our specialty. Here are some of the benefits your little puzzlers can gain from these timeless toys.

Boy completing our wooden dinosaur floor puzzle

Why Are Wooden Puzzles Good for Kids?

Wooden jigsaw puzzles are excellent for developing a range of skills, including:

  • Fine Motor Skills: Grasping and connecting puzzle pieces boosts dexterity.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination: Aligning pieces with corresponding spaces improves coordination.
  • Cognitive Development: Solving puzzles fosters logical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Language Skills: Discussing puzzle subjects enhances vocabulary.
  • Shape and Colour Recognition: Identifying different shapes and colours is educational.
  • Patience and Perseverance: Puzzle play promotes focus and resilience.
  • Self-Esteem: Completing a puzzle boosts confidence and pride.
  • Social Intelligence: Group play teaches teamwork and communication.
  • Creativity: Puzzles spark imagination and storytelling skills.
  • Mindfulness: Puzzles offer screen-free, hands-on, present-moment play.

Girl piecing together two wooden map puzzles

What Age Is Good for Wooden Puzzles?

Introducing a wooden jigsaw puzzle around 18 months to 2 years old is ideal. As toddlers grow, their puzzle-solving skills will evolve. Here's a general guide:

  • 18-24 months: Peg puzzles, block puzzles, and chunky wood puzzles.
  • 2-3 years: Simple puzzles with 2-6 large pieces featuring familiar objects.
  • 3-4 years: 8-10 piece puzzles with recognizable scenes.
  • 4-5 years: 12-20 piece puzzles with more detail.
  • 5+ years: Increasing complexity and piece count as skills develop.

Many puzzles have difficulty ratings on the box to help you choose.

Kids age range for wooden puzzles infographic

How to Teach a Child to Solve Puzzles

Follow these steps to teach your child how to solve puzzles:

  1. Explain: Show the puzzle picture beside the pieces and explain the goal.
  2. Demonstrate: Solve the puzzle, explaining each step.
  3. Participate: Remove a piece and have your child place it back, praising their efforts.
  4. Excite: Keep the experience fun with a variety of puzzles and celebrate progress!

Best Wooden Puzzles by Age

Here are some of our favorite puzzles for kids from 1 to 5+ years old:

Puzzles for 1-Year-Olds

At 12 months, babies and toddlers are just beginning to explore the world and develop fine motor skills. Ideal options include:

Puzzles for 2-Year-Olds

By age 2, toddlers are ready for more complex puzzles:

Toddler completing wooden Lifecycle Layer Puzzles

Puzzles for 3-Year-Olds

At age 3, children are more independent and their problem-solving skills are developing:

Puzzles for 4-Year-Olds

By age 4, children are transitioning out of toddlerhood and ready for more complex wooden jigsaw puzzles with additional pieces and intricate details. Our 16-piece animal puzzles are perfect for this stage. They come with a wooden puzzle board that features the picture on the base, providing a helpful guide for kids. Each puzzle showcases a baby animal and its mother, such as a rabbit and bunny, sheep and lamb, or horse and foal.

Puzzles for 5+ Year-Olds

Boy completing wooden Space Explorer floor puzzle

From age 5, children can tackle more complicated puzzles:

Wooden puzzles are more than just fun; they're educational tools that support various aspects of a child's development. Choose the right puzzle for your child's age and watch them grow and learn!