Kids love jigsaw puzzles. I have memories of constantly pulling apart and putting back together puzzles when I was little. I can still remember the images on many of them. My Mum has kept a lot of my puzzles and it is great to see Miss TT play with them. Mr TT just tends to eat the pieces so we’re sticking to knob puzzles for him at this stage.
Jigsaw puzzles make a wonderful gift but how do you know you’ve chosen the right puzzle for the right aged child?
I’ve headed to an expert to help with this one. Sue manages an awesome toy store in Perth called Trover Learning. This is not a sponsored post – I buy many gifts there and Sue knows her stuff! Let’s see if she can piece this puzzle together for us (big apologies for that hideous pun)…..
GG – Why do jigsaw puzzles make great gifts for kids?
Sue – There are so many benefits for gifting puzzles:
- Jigsaws puzzles make a very educational gift, without appearing to be educational!
- Jigsaw puzzles are durable, fun, inexpensive and great for dexterity – hand/eye coordination
- There are also social benefits as more than one child can play with them and they stimulate conversations.
- They are suitable for all ages with their colourful and bright designs.
- They work both sides of the brain and are great for concentration and focus.
GG – How do you choose the right jigsaw for the right aged child? What are your recommendations for each age group?
Sue – The complexity of design determines age appropriateness. As a guide we tend to suggest:
- Ages 2 to 3 – 4 to 12 pieces
- Ages 3 to 5 – 12 to 50 pieces
- Ages 5 to 6 – 50 to 100 pieces
- Ages 6 to 7 – 100 to 200 pieces
- Ages 7 to 8 – 200 pieces
- Ages 8 to 12 – 300 pieces
- Ages 12 and up – 500+ pieces
The beauty of selecting a jigsaw which may be a little harder is that they will grow into it and/or be challenged by it!
GG – What are your most popular jigsaws puzzles?
Sue – Customers usually aim to find puzzles that feature hobbies or themes their child is into. I would recommend knob puzzles for 1 to 3 year olds. Farm themes are always popular at this age.
Floor puzzles are great for ages 2 to 5. Dinosaurs are a perennial favourite for 3 to 7 year olds. For older kids ages 7 and up, geographical and topical puzzles like space and sports themes are customer favourites.
Did you have a favourite jigsaw puzzle as a child? Have you kept any of them?
What is the current favourite in your household?