Holiday Gift Guide: Puzzles for Kids

Kids can be tough to buy gifts for sometimes, because we don’t know what toys and games they already own or things they will like to use for a long time. It can also be hard to find the perfect difficulty level where it is easy enough to use to be fun but challenging enough to keep interest. A puzzle is a fun, interactive gift that can be enjoyed by the child and his or her parents, as they help their child develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and more. We have a great holiday gift guide on our site, with puzzles separated by age group, featuring some of our best-loved puzzles for ages 1 through 12.

AGES 1-2+

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Christmas Tree Chunky Puzzle by Melissa and Doug. 13 pieces. Age 2+

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Sound Puzzle: Musical Instruments by Melissa and Doug. 8 pieces. Ages 2+

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Large Farm Jumbo Knob by Melissa and Doug. 8 pieces. Ages 1+

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AGES 3-4+

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Thomas & Friends – Meeting Friends by Ravensburger. 80 pieces. Ages 4+

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Chestnut and Acorn by Cobble Hill. 35 pieces. Ages 3+

 

Black Lab Puppies (Tray Puzzle) by Cobble Hill. 35 pieces. Ages 3+

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AGES 5-6+

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Jouney to Oz by SunsOut. 63 pieces. Ages 5+

Noah and the Ark by SunsOut. 63 pieces. Ages 6+

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Mini Puzzles: Tiger by Ravensburger. 54 pieces. Ages 5+

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AGES 7-8+

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Teddy Bear Workshop by . 275 pieces. Ages 8+

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Dino’s Solar System by Dino’s Illustrated World. 500 pieces. Ages 8+

Gingerbread Makers by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces. Ages 8+

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AGES 9-10+

Gingerbread Fun by Springbok. 400 pieces. Ages 10+

Frogs by SunsOut. 200 pieces. Ages 10+

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Around the World with Nellie Bly by Pomegranate. 300 pieces. Ages 9+

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AGES 11-12

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Affectionate Pups by MEGA Puzzles. 1000 pieces. Ages 12+

Anif Castle 3D Puzzle by Hasbro. 769 pieces. Ages 12+

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Dragon Storm by Melissa and Doug. 500 pieces. Ages 12+

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Only 6 Days Left to get your order by Christmas! Order by Tuesday, Dec 17 to ensure delivery by Dec. 24.

One Step Up from 3D: Astonishingly Interactive 4D Puzzles

3D puzzles take the traditional flat-lying jigsaw puzzle and amp it up by adding the dimension of space—you can construct Fenway Park, the Leaning Power of Pisa, or the Brooklyn Bridge. So what do 4D Cityscape Puzzles do, you ask? They add the dimension of time. These puzzles are interactive on an entirely new level, teaching you about other cities through the reconstruction of specific periods of that city’s history.

First, for example you will build the city from the ground up in 1812, then you’ll jump forward to 1910, then leap to 1970, finally settling in with the modern look of today. Each puzzle actually has a completely unique timeline that fits that city’s history.

The 4D Cityscape Puzzles come with multiple layers. The first part is what you’re familiar with: you’ll create a landscape puzzle. The second layer will help form that geographical map of the city. It’s the final layer, the skyscrapers and the buildings, that will take you back to a different time. Each puzzle also includes a Time Poster to aid you.

These educational puzzles have many benefits. They will help you

  • Learn how a city develops and evolves
  • Explore historic buildings and architectural styles
  • Get to know the geography of an area
  • Discover the defining moments in history

As an added bonus, they’re great for group play and make great souvenirs from your visits to some of the best skyline places on earth!

Berlin. 1000+ pieces. Assembled size: 24″L x 16″W x 3″H.

With the 4D Cityscape of Berlin, you will span over 700 years of architecture history. In 1961 you’ll build the Berlin Wall using 60 replica pieces. In 1989, you remove the wall as you re-join East and West Berlin together.

Famous landmarks include the Marienkirche, Friedrichstrasse, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Kollhoff Tower.

Hong Kong. 950+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 20″L x 16″W x 4″H.

You’ll see 98 years of architectural history up to 2010 with the 4D Hong Kong puzzle and learn about Hong Kong’s neighborhoods, streets, and ports.

Famous landmarks include the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the Hong Kong Convention Center, the Bank of China Tower, and the International Finance Centre.

New York. 700+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 28″ L x 12″ W x 4″ H.

Go back 200 years in Manhattan’s history from 1812 all the way to the Freedom Tower completed this year in 2013.

Famous landmarks include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the United Nations, and the World Trade Center.

Las Vegas. 930+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 27″ L x 17″ W x 3″ H.

Viva Las Vegas! Go back 70 years in the city’s history with this 4D Cityscape which won the Gift of the Year prize back in 2010

Famous landmarks include casinos such as The Tropicana, Stratosphere, MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace and The Wynn.

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4D Cityscape Puzzles is a great brand that won Toy of the Year awards in 2012 from both Japan and Holland.

Still need some help understanding the concept or just want to see it with your own eyes? Check out Youtube for a nice and brief play-by-play video of construction.

Fun with Rompecabezas

I spent the better part of my day exchanging emails in Spanish with new Spanish penpals. I’m hoping to keep up my language skills over the summer so that when I come back in the fall, I can still keep up.

My new friends are from México, España (Spain), and Argentina. So, of course, after asking them a million questions about their towns and cities, I’ve become in love with the idea of traveling abroad and practicing my Spanish.

We have tons of travel puzzles that you can browse by  major city or country. But for today, check out some of these great puzzles from places in Spanish-speaking countries!

Fun fact: the puzzle brand Educa dates back to 1894 and is a leading brand in puzzles and games and they’re located in Barcelona, Spain.

(Psst: las rompecabezas translates to “the jigsaw puzzles.” What a lovely word!)

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Educa. 2000 pieces.

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Cancun by Dowdle Folk Art. 1000 pieces.

Puerto Vallarta by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces.

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Sagrada Familia by Educa. 1000 pieces.

We also have a 3D puzzle of this beautiful Roman Catholic church located in Spain.

3D Puzzle: Sagrada Familia by Daron Worldwide Trading. 194 pieces.

Old City of Granada by Ravensburger. 1000 pieces.

Holy Week in Seville by Pomegranate. 1000 pieces.

Prades, Barcelona by Heye. 1500 pieces.

 

 

Old Sport: Puzzles for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to everyone out there, whether you’re celebrating yours or celebrating being one!

My father is a big sports fan. Doesn’t matter what sport it is, he’ll watch it. Little League World Series? He’s watching it. Golf? He’s watching it. He’ll watch the FIFA World Cup even though he doesn’t even really like soccer. I’m sure if my favorite sport, Quidditch, made it onto the TV screen, he’d watch that too!

So, to celebrate my dad this Father’s Day, I’ve compiled some of our sports related puzzles. There’s tons for all your athletically-inclined lovers of the game!

What do your fathers love best, what puzzle theme would be perfect for them? Let us know in the comments!

To start, here’s a Dodgers puzzle, because that’s my dad’s team!

Pennant – Dodgers by TDC Games. 300 pieces.

Play Ball by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field 3D Puzzle by Promotional Partners Worldwide.

2011 World Series Champions – St. Louis Cardinals by White Mountain. 550 pieces.

Collector’s Closet by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Sports Legends by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Texas A&M Football by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces.

Wimbledon Tennis by Wentworth Wooden Puzzles. 200 pieces.

Golf Memories by White Mountain. 550 pieces.

 

Challenge Yourself: Puzzles that Push You

Do you feel the need to challenge yourself with your puzzling experience? For those experienced puzzlers, it might be time to try something new—something a little different, something that adds an exciting new component to the hobby you already know and love.

There are many ways that jigsaw puzzle designers have come up with to completely alter the puzzling experience. Sometimes they throw in some extra unneeded pieces, sometimes they give you a different image on the box. Whatever it is, it’ll push your brain even more—and we bet the added challenge will give you even more pleasure once. Well, after you get over the feeling that it’s just impossible, at least :)

These challenging puzzles will be spread out throughout posts over the next week as we write about the benefits of pushing yourself. We’ll try to start with the simpler challenges first, just to give you a taste.

American Native Flowers by Scramble Squares. 9 pieces.

9 pieces seems like a breeze, doesn’t it? Nope! In this puzzle, you must align all the squares so that the pictures match up perfectly in every direction—and there are 95,126,814,720 combinations that are possible for you to try with this 3 x 3 puzzle with four different rotations in each square. You’ll be rotating and replacing the images in the square over and over again as it nearly works, but not quite. Good luck!

3D Magna Puzzle – Planets by Ceaco. 16 magnetic pieces.

The illusion of depth and movement is an added challenge in this 16 piece puzzle. It’ll be tough just to decide where to begin! The bonus to this puzzle is that it comes with a magnetic tray, making it very portable. You can work to piece it together from anywhere!

Library by Ceaco. 42 pieces.

Instead of the shaped puzzle pieces you recognize, this image is made up of 42 sticks which you line up and rearrange inside of a wooden tray. An added challenge? It can make up to two images because it’s double-sided. Better choose the right side to lay your stick!

Spiral of Archimedes by Ceaco. 67 uniquely shaped pieces.

This puzzle was randomly designed, so it doesn’t have to make a lot of sense! Try to piece together these 67 pieces, all of which are uniquely shaped, in order to make a puzzle that has no straight edges and no overlapping images—yikes!

African Oasis by TDC Games. 234 pieces.

I hope your eyesight is good because this puzzle is part of the World’s Smallest Puzzle series. With 234 pieces and a finished size of 4″ x 6″ you’ll want to make sure you never misplace the tweezers that come with this miniscule but challenging puzzle!

Sea Otter Family by Cobble Hill. 400 pieces.

This puzzle’s unique quality isn’t intended to challenge you—instead it’s intended to help make the puzzling experience inclusive! There are small, medium, and large shaped pieces in this Family Puzzle series so that everyone feels like they can help, from the littlest ones to the biggest ones. However, the uniqueness of this may challenge you anyways!

Monarch in Flight by Paper House Productions. 500 pieces.

Completing the edges is a whole new experience with shaped puzzles! Additionally, there are some pieces hidden in here with surprise shapes—butterflies and flower shapes included.