CHILDREN’S PUZZLES? HOW TO CHOOSE BY AGE

Why buy a puzzle for your children?

Puzzle games are an ideal tool for learning and education for children, even the youngest: in fact the puzzles favor the development of cognitive and manual abilities of the child, visual perception, social and individual self-esteem as well as a critical approach to troubleshooting.

Puzzles can be a stand-alone activity, but also a great pastime for a group of friends or family.

The process of reattachment and interlocking of two pieces of a puzzle, in fact, involves the development of a strategy and an organization that teach patience and perseverance: the reward is the completion of the image that involves satisfaction and fun in the child who achieves this goal.

Did you know that in South Africa a child must be able to complete a 24-piece puzzle to enter primary school.

How to assess the difficulty of a puzzle?

Conversely, a wrong choice of the puzzle to be composed for your child can cause boredom or even frustration in the child. But how to assess the difficulty adequate to the age and abilities of the child?

  1. the number of pieces;
  2. the size of the single piece;
  3. the variety and difficulty of the shape of the pieces;
  4. the complexity and detail of the image;
  5. the variation of colors;
  6. the experience already gained by the child in composing a puzzle;
  7. the quality of the support;
  8. the presence or absence of aids to the organization of the game as the contours of the puzzle.

So when do you start playing with puzzles?

Children can start at the earliest age to deal with puzzle games and as they acquire skills and experiences they can move on to a game made up of more and more complex pieces.

Below we offer a list of puzzle games for children based on their age, which will not only simplify your choice of parents but will ensure your children appropriate entertainment commensurate with their abilities.

Puzzles for children from 0 to 2 years.

For children between the ages of 0 and 2, even collecting a piece and handling it can be a challenge.

Therefore helping him by proposing a game made up of a few large pieces and simple and soft shapes can be an excellent solution that will guarantee, with great probability, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment while the child refines his skills.

For children of this age group we must always take into great consideration the fact of not overpowering them with more pieces than they can handle.

The ideal is to start smaller children with puzzles consisting of 3 large pieces and grow progressively as the child develops their skills.

Puzzles for children from 0 to 2 years
Puzzles for children from 0 to 2 years

The puzzles that you can find in the educational games section of early childhood puzzles offer numerous solutions with a limited number of pieces.

Recommend a number between 3 and 12 pieces, and with the presence of matched images that can help the child during the process of recognition and joint.

Puzzles with numbers, letters, farm animals and domestic animals are highly recommended.

A valid alternative to early childhood games seen previously may be the purchase of a magnetic board for children.

It is a wooden puzzle composed of a limited number of magnetized pieces and a magnetic support on which to fit the dowels.

Puzzle for 3 year olds

At the age of 3 it may be the right time to start having fun with cardboard puzzles, where the complexity is slightly higher than the blocks and puzzles for early childhood seen previously.

At this age, the child usually stops exploring the world using his mouth and starts improving manual dexterity and visually recognizing parts of various images.

We suggest that the younger ones start their puzzle experience with large pieces that can be easily grabbed and rotated.

At this age, children like to recognize familiar objects and characters. Your favorite cartoon, musical instruments, transport vehicle illustrations, fairy tales and bedtime stories are great options.

Choosing the puzzle based on the child’s interests can increase the amount of “play time” a puzzle receives.

In this age group the puzzles with images taken from the most popular cartoons such as Frozen, Masha and Orso, Minions, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Disney, etc. are very popular.

The puzzles for 3-year-olds should have a number of pieces between 8 and 20 and normally a good start is provided by the products of the 4xPuzzle range. These puzzles contain a set of 4 images divided into 4, 5, 6 and 7 elements each.

These are shaped images, which make it very easy to identify the content of the illustration and with graded difficulty levels.

In fact we start with the image with the least number of elements and after completion we work on the next one, which is only slightly more difficult.

Puzzle for 4 year olds

With the increased experience in composing puzzles, your child begins to have more confidence with the rotation and the joining of pieces.

Although the approach is still based on attempt and error, children at this age begin to develop the first systematic method to solve the game.

This is a sign that you can switch to puzzles with more pieces or more complex illustrations.

For four-year-olds, we suggest puzzles of around 20 pieces with large pieces and the figure framed by the outline.

Progressively you can switch to puzzles consisting of 30 pieces and 40 pieces, in which the illustration has a format similar to the puzzles described above, but with slightly smaller pieces.

Puzzle for children 4 years

Puzzle for 5 year olds

Puzzles for children over the age of 5 can also be made up of 60 pieces.

For small builders, more experienced puzzles could also be an option to try out a spherical 3D puzzle.

These puzzles, perhaps built with the help of parents, can be turned into a night lamp for your bedroom.

Puzzles for children from 6 to 8 years old

Six-year-olds have developed sufficient experience to be able to define the pieces in relation to their place in the puzzle.

Ordering the pieces is common at this age while each child develops his own unique strategy for solving problems based on shape, color and subject.

Children between the ages of 6 and 8 can confront puzzles up to 200 pieces. Later, depending on their experience, this number can also increase up to 500 pieces.

Remember that your baby is unique

The choice of the correct puzzle varies according to the skills and experience of the individual child and only their parent knows these aspects in depth.

Carefully assessing the difficulty level is important to understand the puzzle appropriate for your child based on his age.

In this way, you will guarantee a satisfying, entertaining and at the same time formative gaming experience.

Finally, never forget that spending time with your children, perhaps building a puzzle, is a great way to “waste time” together and create that bond of love and understanding that will last forever.

A PUZZLE RUG FOR CHILDREN? SAFETY LEARNING GAME

A parent who is apprehensive or calm, safety or fun, need or investment? 
The time to buy a puzzle rug for your children has arrived and we will explain why!

We will do it, however, starting with a brief historical excursus and going back to the very beginning of the twentieth century.

The need to discover

In those years, in fact, in Italy, Dr. Maria Montessorideveloped her theories on the deconstruction of classes and on how children learned better through discovery and direct experimentation . 
These ideas were not immediately very successful and were not completely accepted until the sixties.

Since then, many educators and teachers, such as Charlotte Gano Garrison of Columbia University, have understood the importance of developing new learning methods.

Montessori Games Puzzle Floor

All this automatically translated into the search for new games, especially for the preschool age, and new materials.

Already in 1920 Playskool, today a company of the Hasbro group, began to build toys for wooden kindergartens. 
He also added puzzles to his preschool age product line.

The evolution

In the following years, many companies produced toys and puzzles that were too big to be “contained” on a table. 
These games found their ideal space on the floor of the classroom, the garden or at home. They proposed a game idea that became free to grow in space together with the child .

Toys and floor puzzles in recent years have undergone many transformations. 
The dimensions have increased, the materials have changed and offer many more subjects than their predecessors. 
As in the past, they offer the possibility for many children to play together with the same puzzle and the advantage of the safety of the game on the ground.

Today: the puzzle rug

The puzzle mats for children are an evolution of all these concepts with a modern twist. 
Today we can buy a non-toxic rubber or foam puzzle rug at very competitive prices and brand improvements! 
The rubber rugs for children of the Ravensburger, Clementoni, Lisciani Giochi, Chiccho, Prenatal, Ikea and Dechatlon brands are excellent solutions. 
In fact, they guarantee your child safety, fun and freedom in exploring the world around him.

Even Puzzle Games offers you a wide selection of children’s puzzle rugs that you can purchase through Amazon selected by topic and quality of materials
You can find interlocking children’s mats with letters, numbers, streets or the most popular cartoon characters.
These children’s play mats are also a great gift for your children’s room as they are a soft shelter for their falls and a colorful piece of furniture.

So don’t wait until your child is too big and has already stopped exploding the world from below. 
The time to give a puzzle rug already arrives if you haven’t already done so.

THE FIRST PUZZLE BOX IN HISTORY: THE ROYAL PUZZLE CABINET

The first puzzle container created in history to expressly contain puzzles was the royal puzzle cabinet. 
This precious wooden puzzle box was made in 1760. 
It had to contain as many as 16 sectioned maps of different continents and nations. 
The governess Lady Finch ordered the construction of this piece of furniture for the children of the King of England George III.

The birth of educational games in the 18th century.

The eighteenth century brought with it urbanization and industrialization. 
Moreover the educators of the time began to spread the idea that children were individuals in their own right and not just small adults.

The wealthy parents of that period had a strong desire to give their children everything the new industrialized world offered them. 
In particular they paid a lot of attention to the new educational theories that were emerging.

Many philosophers of the time, such as John Locke, promoted the use of educational games . 
In fact, Locke’s idea that the game could involve both the most reluctant students and reinforce traditional lessons quickly took hold. 
This change took place both in the school environment and in the domestic environment during the eighteenth century.

The sectioned maps

Numerous educators began to use wooden maps to teach their students geography and history. 
This new trend also took root among the nobles of the time.

In fact already in 1760 the children of the king of England, George III, were playing with these sectioned wooden maps: vintage puzzles precursors of the current ones. 
The young scion of the royal house, George IV, played with his maps under the harsh gaze of his instructor Lay Charlotte Finch

Sectioned Maps

It was the time when “the sun never set on the British Empire”. 
Thus the knowledge of the world and the geographical boundaries of one’s kingdom was vital to the future king.

The best artisans of the time made, for the young British royal offspring , as many as 16 dissected maps . 
These maps represented different continents and nations.

The first “box” to hold the puzzles

Sectioned Maps Royal Puzzle Box Cabinet

To preserve them the instructor Lady Finch ordered the construction of a mahogany cabinet that could hold the 16 puzzle maps: the first puzzle box in history.

Later the cabinet became the property of Lady Funch and her descendants. 
In 2000, the cabinet was auctioned in London for the incredible price of over $ 85,000. 
The Cotsen’s Children Library, in the United States, bought the royal puzzle cabinet for this incredible sum.

But the Head of Map Collections of the British Library obtained a suspension of the transfer by relying on the first and third Waverly criteria
In 2007, money was collected to buy back the cabinet and make it stay permanently in England.

The cabinet is now on display at the Kew Palace in London.

Who is the inventor of the sectioned maps, the first puzzles in history?

In addition to being the first container designed specifically as a puzzle box, the royal puzzle cabinet held another precious secret.

In fact, some scholars found a very ancient manuscript in it. 
The note stated that Lady Charlotte Finch was the owner of the cabinet and that she was the inventor of the sectioned maps. 
This statement contrasted however with the fact that in the cabinet were contained two wooden puzzle maps of Ireland and Scotland by John SpilsBury. 


John Spilsbury is universally recognized as the inventor of sectioned maps and therefore of the puzzle.

This discovery fueled the diatribe about who the real inventor of the puzzles was.

STARRY NIGHT PUZZLE OF 1000 PIECE VAN GOGH: COMMENTS OF MARCH

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Van Gogh’s starry night puzzle really liked it. More and more comments have been left on our site by puzzle enthusiasts to compete for the “Di la tua e vinci un puzzle” award.

40 in all in the comments for the month of March.

The number is constantly growing, and this is thanks to your passion and your love for puzzles.

A month of art, which has stimulated fans, artists and lovers of all forms of beauty.

All your opinions contribute to the extraction of the month of March of a Van Gogh: Starry Night on the Rhone puzzle, by the brand Clementoni, of 1000 pieces, by the Museum Collection.
The regulation provides for the publication of the complete list of comments, the first day of the following month, sorted by date of publication.
Then, through the first extraction of the Superenalotto, we can reveal the winning comment.

The March Prize: Van Gogh’s Starry Night


The prize for the month of March is the starry night puzzle by Van Gogh, from 1000 pieces by the brand Clementoni, from the Museum Collection.
We have selected an art puzzle by the famous painter Van Gogh, choosing one of his most famous works of art.

The starry night on the Rhone is one of the paintings that best expresses the deep relationship between the master Van Gogh and the intimate emotion of the night sky.

This puzzle manages to enhance the colors of the starry sky in an unparalleled way.
In fact, it has aroused so much interest and your comments and your participation in the competition prove it.
Surely building an art puzzle of 1000 pieces is very challenging, but at the same time very beautiful and interesting.
For this reason, the Clementoni Museum Collection, is a line dedicated to true lovers of art and paintings.

Our puzzle contest


We reward your loyalty and admirable passion for puzzle making with this beautiful Van Gogh puzzle, and thank you for your continued contribution.
We do it through the online contest “Say yours and win a puzzle” with commitment and seriousness.
During the month of March you wrote 40 comments, all full of advice, emotions and good intentions.
Sharing our experiences and ideas helps us to build a real community, made up of people united by a love of puzzles.

As explained in the rules of the online competition, the Superstar number that will be drawn during the next Superenalotto draw will indicate the winner of the puzzle.

Now we just have to look forward to the announcement of the winner.

Start imagining where you can place this highly evocative puzzle, because you could be the winner!