Looking for a great unplugged activity to keep your family occupied over spring break (or a forced break from school due to the COVID-19 virus)? Here's why your family need to make a puzzle together: it brings you together over a common goal and makes you concentrate!
Great toys don't need batteries, bells and whistles, they need to be sturdy and smartly designed. These puzzles are meant to be take out again and again. Hours of unplugged fun for the parents and the kiddos. No matter your spring break plans, put down the phones and start working on a puzzle together
Puzzles for Teens and Adults
According to the science, puzzles are great for our brains. Solving puzzles helps reinforce existing connections between our brain cells. It also increases the generation of new relationships, as we age this is incredibly important. Got a teen working on the SAT? Here's good news: puzzles are especially good for improving short-term memory.
My favorite "advanced" puzzle brand is White Mountain Puzzles. They make awesome travel-themed puzzles. They always have a touch of nostalgia to them. And if for whatever reason we can't travel, we can dream of faraway places with a puzzle.
Here are a few more puzzles we love for teens and adults
- Harry Potter Series from New York Puzzles
- Disney Pixar Puzzle from Ravensburger
- For your budding activist, this eeboo Women's March puzzle
- Sports fans can puzzle just about any stadium
Puzzles for Grade School Ages
According to MathGenie, puzzles are essential for grade school aged kids. They can help develop your child's problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, both crucial for mastery of other skills later in life. Puzzles can also help children with pattern recognition, memory, and both gross and fine motor skills.
These Beleduc puzzles are awesome for grade school aged kids. They help teach about biology and critical thinking. Get the puzzle on Amazon here.
Puzzles for Toddlers
Puzzles develop your child's problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, both crucial for mastery of other skills later in life. Puzzles can also help children with pattern recognition, memory, and both gross and fine motor skills. For toddlers, we love this Mudpuppy puzzle in a bag.
These 36-piece puzzles are made with extra-thick pieces that are perfect for toddler hands. And, young kids will not only delight in putting together the puzzle, but also in putting it away, as they find zipping (and unzipping) the colored zipper on the reusable storage pouch an activity all its own.
All puzzles are printed with nontoxic, soy-based inks utilizing 90% recycled paper and are phthalate free. Recommended for ages two and over.
There are eight designs to choose from, including dinosaurs and unicorns. Get the puzzles on Amazon here.
Puzzles for Babies
Even babies can get in on the action. Melissa & Doug make great puzzles for babies 0-14 months. It's all about touching and tasting for babies, this colorful puzzle will delight all the senses.
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