Puzzles for toddlers play an important role in the world of child development toys – they give little ones a great start in hand-eye coordination, control and also tend to play a part in basic learning skills. One need only watch a little one “negotiating” a puzzle for a few minutes to see the mental wheels start to turn and whir, and to begin to understand how important these very basic toys can be to any child’s start in life.
What’s here: On this page are the ten best toddler puzzles. Rankings for the list below are based first on popularity level by sales, also factoring in favorable consumer ratings and reviews.
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Toddler puzzles are “in” right now, especially ones that teach kids early reading, writing, and comprehension skills. The Name Puzzle is a customizable…well, name puzzle, which spells out and helps youngster’s become familiar with reading and recognizing their unique name.
Peg puzzles are great for toddlers because the pegs make it easier to lift the pieces out of the cut-outs. This puzzle is all about Disney, or more specifically, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The most beloved Disney characters reveal shapes and colors, with special surprise pictures underneath each puzzle piece.
Letters and numbers on a train? Count me in. This awesome, ginormous puzzle is an ABC and 123 locomotive, stretching 10-feet when completely pieced together. There are 2 floor puzzles, each 30 pieces, but both interlock for a bigger picture.
First of all, the name of this toy brand gets me giggling every single time. Fat Brain Toys. Ha! It is a play on the thought that our brains get bigger as we get smarter. Love the idea! Their Inchimals puzzles are unique block sets, each featuring a colorful animal.
The See & Spell is a classic with cut-outs where the words go. Contained within a reusable wooden box, there are 8 wooden, rectangular puzzles, each with words spelled out alongside pictures. 72 vibrant letters are in a separate container.
I am oh-so familiar with Peppa Pig. She is a staple in my household, and I have learned that toddlers learn so much from her television series. This wooden clock puzzle features moveable hands to indicate hours and minutes, as well as numbered shapes. Each shape is double-sided with hours/minutes.
I love the Wildlife Puzzle because the animals are a cool combination of cartoony in color, but realistic in wild detail. There are 7 animal puzzle pieces, from a cheetah, giraffe, gorilla, and hippo, to an elephant, lion, and zebra.
Chunky fun for springtime. This puzzle is a Flower Garden of 6 puzzle pieces, including a bushel of three flowers, a beautiful butterfly, fluttering bluebird, and bright-shining sun. The other details, like a ladybug, complete the lovely, breezy, warm picture.
The final item on the list of the top ten puzzles for toddlers in 2017 is another from Melissa & Doug – K’s Kids Stacking Blocks.
Stacking blocks are a classic puzzle that begins with a big block on the bottom and ascends to a little block up top. There are 5 colorful cups and 4 shapes, each detailed with sea creatures, faces with quirky expressions, and colors. For storage, the cups fit into each other.