11 Fun Brain Activities for Children

Puzzles and brainteasers are great for helping young brains develop and grow. They teach problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination, sorting, pattern recognition and more! The best part? There are so many different types of puzzles and images on puzzles that they are certain to entertain as much as they educate. While puzzles will help develop reading, math and logic skills – they also provide a feeling of accomplishment and achievement when the puzzle is solved – which is why kid’s love to do them over and over – and might just give them a confidence boost too!

Putting together jigsaw puzzles and other types of puzzle brainteasers can also be a great family or group play activity, along with individual play. But how do you pick a good puzzle for your youngster? Here are few tips from an article in a Young Children periodical.

1. Small knobs for toddlers. Knobs or chunky puzzles help small fingers with coordination and strengthen the grips used for writing. These are the first puzzle children 2-3 year’s old will enjoy putting together over and over.

2. Children like puzzles of things they know, animals, shapes, story scenes and bright colors.

3. Well designed, sturdy pieces that will withstand some wear and tear are a must. Wooden puzzles from Melissa and Doug, for example, make great starter puzzles for younger puzzlers.

4. When they get bored – it just means they need a step up in challenge – find a puzzle with more pieces, without frames, knobs or trays, or with new topics like letters, numbers or anatomy.

Here are 11 Great Kid’s Puzzles and Games for Brain Development

Five progressive puzzles from 2 to 5 pieces. The pieces are larger, thicker and easier to handle, stimulating attention, curiosity and imagination in children 12 months and older.

Getting dressed won't be such a puzzle once zipping, buckling, snapping, lacing and tying, and other dressing skills are mastered. Each skill is contained on a separate, wooden puzzle piece for easy practice. Develop fine motor and life skills with this great activity. For ages 3+.

Hear the sounds of six favorite vehicles when the two wooden cubes are properly placed in the wooden tray! Find the halves that match and hear six different, realistic sounds. Develops visual perception and fine motor skills. For ages 2+

Easy to grasp, thick chunky pieces fit perfectly into a background tray and help teach kids as young as two about life under the sea! For ages 2 and up.

From Acrobatic Alligator all the way to Zigzag Zebra, this colorful wooden alphabet puzzle has beautifully detailed pictures. When the piece is removed, a full color illustration with a matching image helps children find every letter its home. For ages 3 and up.

 

Ideal for travel, this wooden magnetic board includes three interchangeable animal habitat cards, farm, sea and savanna, and 26 magnetic, wooden play pieces for educational and creative play. For ages 3 and up.

Designed for hours of play and ideal for travel, this wooden magnetic board includes 120 colorful geometric magnets. Younger children (3+) will enjoy using the shapes to replicate the 12 geometric pictures included, while older children will enjoy creating mosaic patterns and pictures directly on the magnetic board.

Fun and fact filled card games for kids of all ages! Features great topics like Lost Civilizations, The Human Body, Earth Science, Sports and more! For ages 8 and up.

PlaySmart Digits in a Box Puzzle Game. First, spill the ten digits (0-9) from the box and give them a scramble. Then, place the pieces back in the box so that the lid closes flat. There are over 4000 possible solutions. For ages 6-8.

The incredible inner workings of the human body are beautifully portrayed in this double - sided educational floor puzzle. One side of this 100 - piece cardboard puzzle features the skeletal structure, and the other side shows internal organs and the circulatory system. For ages 8+.

Win this Disney shaped puzzle from MEGA

We will be giving away TWO of these 500 piece shaped puzzles in the next two weeks. To enter, post a comment in the reply box below about one of your favorite Disney characters – and tell us why!

Two winners will be picked in July. Make sure to use a valid email address – that is how we will contact you if you won! Posting a reply below does not sign you up for anything, it just registers you for this drawing.

What you’ll win? This Mickey Mouse shaped puzzle is recommended for ages 10 and up, with 500 unique shaped pieces that form a complete puzzle in the shape of Mickey Mouse himself! A great family activity and one that will be fun to do over and over. This puzzle is discontinued from MEGA, so these are the last two puzzles of its kind in stock here at Puzzle Warehouse.

While you’re reading – please check out the rest of our blog, featuring great articles related to the love of puzzles.

Update: Both winners have been selected for this giveaway – Congratulations to Shannon and Jodi! Keep your eye out for the next giveaway opportunity – coming soon!

New & Popular

We have added literally thousands of new items since January, with all of our favorite brands releasing new puzzles and games – so we thought we would collect all of our favorite new items, as well as the ones we have sold the most of since bring them in – so you know what jigsaws are currently hot on the radar!

1. A License to Life 
Ravensburger, 500 pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Busy Bee Quilting Club
SunsOut, 300 pieces. This one is not new, but it one of our highest sellers, and it has been discontinued by SunsOut – so we have ordered up extra – better grab it while you can!

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Childhood Dreams Jigsaw Puzzles

Where do you work? Is this the place where you imagined yourself to be when you were just a kid? What kind of car do you drive? Is it a firetruck? Is it a police car? Do you save lives? If the answer to any of these questions is affirmative, you might be among the lucky ones. Those that are living their childhood dreams.

For most of us, on the other hand, those childhood dreams are nothing but mere dreams. And it’s probably just the way they should be. When you’re a child, your vision of the world usually skips the bad things and only retains the beautiful, the dreamy, the positive and the amazing. There’s no bureaucracy, no real danger, no economic crisis, no sadness in a childhood dream, because a childhood dream is a fairytale.

Puzzle Warehouse invites you to become a child again with the small Childhood Dreams jigsaw puzzle series. The pictures are signed by Dan Halala, an artist who managed to draw some very expressive pictures. Each of them has 1000 pieces and a very generous finished size of 19.25″ x 26.75″.

There’s the Firehouse, the Whistlestop, the Policeman and the Barnyard, in which you will find most of your childhood heroes, vehicles and dreams. An ideal world waits for you to be discovered again in every box, but we should warn you. In order to assemble the puzzle and get the best of it, you need a child’s vision. So either get your children involved with you or go back in time, even if it’s only for a couple of hours, and try to see the world through a child’s gaze, once again.

Sound Jigsaw Puzzles

Educational jigsaw puzzles come in various shapes and forms. And it’s perfectly normal, since little children have so much to learn, and there are so many ways of doing that.

Some of the cutest and most interesting educational puzzles you will find are the sound jigsaw puzzles from Melissa and Doug. These will speak to your child, tell him when he’s right and help him learn lots of things about world we’re all living in. There are numbers, zoo animals, vehicles, pets, musical instruments and there is also the alphabet. For every one of the puzzles, once the child figures out where a piece goes, he will hear the corresponding sound coming from the toy. He will be able to associate sounds and objects, and will be pleasantly rewarded for doing so.

The alphabet jigsaw puzzle, for example, is a wonderful tool that can help the child learn to read in an entertaining and challenging way. When a letter is placed correctly on the puzzle board, the puzzle will pronounce the name of the letter. Underneath each piece, there are colorful pictures to help with the process, and the pieces are slightly raised. That makes their grasping and handling easier.

These jigsaw puzzles are, of course, made out of wood, and they are durable and virtually unbreakable. Children can safely handle the pieces, and you don’t have to worry about a thing. Visit Puzzle Warehouse, the largest jigsaw puzzle store in the world, and choose your favorite educational puzzle. You will find quality products at more than reasonable prices.