We love puzzles in our house. My son has been interested in puzzles since he was 1 year old. I first noticed he was always working on puzzles when I picked him up from the church nursery on Sundays. So we bought some for home right away. He's always enjoyed them and he's willing to take on any challenge. At barely 3 years old he could put together a 100-piece puzzle that was marked for kids age 6 and up. It's just something he's always enjoyed.
The best puzzles (and almost all our puzzles) in our house are the Melissa & Doug Puzzles. They are wonderful quality and last so well. With a young son I need puzzles that will hold up to his abuse. The Melissa & Doug puzzles look like they are still new and fresh out of the box even after being played with 100s of times. I can't say the same thing about the few other puzzles around our house. They just don't last as long.
Melissa & Doug makes Cardboard Puzzles and Floor Puzzles as well. We had the chance to review several of their different ones. The 500 Piece Map of the World Jigsaw Puzzle was more for me to put together with a little help from Zachariah. They recommend it for kids 12 and older. Mostly I was looking for the learning opportunities that this would give us. I love teaching my son new things, and having a nice puzzle like this to learn about the world is perfect. The pieces are well cut and fit together well. The picture on this puzzle is great for kids. It labels all of the continents and oceans, plus it has wildlife pictures that are appropriate for each continent. It's a great way for my son to learn about his world.
We also received the American Presidents Floor Puzzle. I love the big floor puzzles that my son can do. He spreads out over the living room floor and works on this diligently. This one is a 100-piece puzzle. It shows each United States president from George Washington to Barack Obama. It also shows which number president they were and the years they were in office. This is another great teaching tool for us. The puzzle also has an easy-clean surface, so you can wipe it off if it does get a little dirty from grimy little fingers. This is recommended for kids ages 6 years and up. My 4 year old has no problems with this one, though.
And finally we got to try out the USA Map Floor Puzzle. This is a 51 piece puzzle that ends up being 2' x 3' when assembled. The pieces are a nice size for younger kids. It's very sturdy and easy to clean like the others. The outside of the puzzle is bigger pieces, and then the states are smaller pieces. A few of the smaller (in size) states are pieced together. While recommended for ages 6 and up, my son did this puzzle on his own from the day we received it. And I'm using it to teach him all the states and their locations. It also has state capitols and a picture that depicts something of importance in that state. Arizona has pictures of a cactus on it. Ohio, where we live, has a football on it. That totally cracked us up. Yep, we are known for our love of football. (Go Buckeyes!)
We've really enjoyed our Melissa & Doug puzzles. They have many more too. There are wooden puzzles for young children as well. And they have a great variety of fun and learning puzzles. You can also connect with M&D on Twitter and their blog.. And keep reading if you'd like to win all 3 puzzles that we reviewed. These will make great Christmas gifts for the little puzzle lovers in your life.
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