Both children and adults love puzzles, and it is not surprising, solving puzzles has a lot of benefits: It favors concentration, visual memory, observation skills, fine motor skills, logical thinking and they are also part of of STEM toys as they help develop math skills.
And last but not least, it is proven that people who solve puzzles are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
All are advantages! But do you want to know how to choose the appropriate puzzles for each age?
From 12 to 24 months
Between 12 and 24 months, the ideal are the nesting wooden or magnetic puzzles. They are usually between 3 and 6 large and colorful pieces , to make it easier for them to handle and differentiate them. The best thing is to show them the puzzle already done, and then separate the pieces so that you can reassemble them together, thus beginning to know the dynamics.
As for the theme, the puzzles of animals and geometric figures succeed because they are objects that are easily distinguished.
Between 3 and 4 years
At this age they can already be offered puzzles of between 10 and 30 pieces, both wooden and thick cardboard. The size of the pieces should remain large, although the illustrations or shapes may already be richer in detail. They recognize characters and scenes from daily habits, that’s why the themes they love are usually scenes they know (such as the house or the park), people, crafts or even numbers and letters .
5 to 7 years
With 5 years old they are ready to form the same puzzles as adults. If they are used to playing with puzzles they can face games of more than 50 pieces and smaller in size. They will have a great time alone or with the family trying to solve the puzzle. As for design, they love those that look more realistic or with more details. At this age they also love castles, pirates, dragons, places in the world. And, ultimately, everything that tells a story. That seeing the finished puzzle is almost like reading a story.
Starting at 7 years
From the age of 7, they will find the satisfaction of completing a puzzle of more than 200 pieces. (There are even 1000 pieces!) We continue with the theme of images that seem almost postcard; full of details so that the challenge includes working observation and patience. In fact, we will all enjoy a puzzle of that magnitude, from the smallest of the house to the great-grandfather. It is never too late to become fond of them! You just have to have a little time and patience, it is not necessary to finish it the same day. One ot the most popular 3d puzzles among children are Ugears Models. There are wonderful wooden puzzles which kid could use later in his games.
Remember that the ages are always indicative, each child is a world and there is no pressure to feel. Making puzzles is playing, you have to have fun and take it easy.