Handcrafted Educational Tools are excellent choices in wooden jigsaw puzzles for children. Puzzles used as educational tools are an old and interesting way to challenge the mind. Stimulating and educational, age appropriate children's wooden jigsaw puzzles encourage the development of problem solving, coordination and recognition skills, spatial relationships, patience and perseverance.
The earlier a child can be introduced to puzzles, the earlier these skills can begin to increase and benefit other areas of development.
It is critical to match a child's skill level with a given puzzle. If the puzzle is:
There are several important points to consider when choosing appropriate wooden puzzles for children:
Tray puzzles are the traditional flat puzzles with a bottom and a 'frame' in which the pieces fit.These are designed for younger children aged 15 months to 3 1/2 years. They usually have 5 - 12 large chunky pieces and a simple, easy to see, design. The different figures, or sections, in the design are cut as separate pieces.
Wooden Jigsaw puzzles are cut into irregular shapes with 'interlocking' knobs and sockets. The design is completely cut apart, but in a somewhat symmetrical pattern. The design is more difficult to visualize by young children and has to be pieced together by matching color and/or shape.
Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles can be very SIMPLE, with just several pieces clearly depicted in separate colors, or can be more COMPLEX with a busy composition and all in similar colors. Or layers!
|Clown Doll||Boxed Beginners|
|3-layer Noah's Ark|
To keep it very simple for the youngest child, start with 4 large pieces for age 15 months gradually working with more pieces as the months go on. Repetition at this age is important. By 24 months, introduce a tray puzzle with 7 - 12 pieces. At 3 years, most children are ready to try a simple jigsaw puzzle, starting with 16 pieces.
|3 - 4 Years||16 - 36 Pieces|
|4 - 5 Years||36 - 56 Pieces|
|5 - 6 Years||56 - 63 Pieces|
|6 - 7 Years||63 - 72 Pieces|
|7 - 8 Years||72+ Pieces Pieces|
Our "Standard" number of hand-cut wooden jigsaw puzzle pieces: 16, 20, 30, 36, 42, 56, 63, 72, 81, and 99.
Please note: Children vary considerably in their ability to do puzzles at different ages. The chart above is only meant as a guideline.
Children's Puzzles are their own reward when successfully completed, and beg to be done over and over. Choose carefully!!
Should you have any question about choosing designs, number of pieces, custom designing puzzles, etc., send us a note using 'snail mail', e-mail, or simply pick-up the phone and call us.
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Phone - 352-751-3273
Snail Mail - Heirloom Puzzles - 2428 Tamarindo Dr. - The Villages, FL 32162
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