Sitting down with your child and listening to the learning that is happening while they put together the pieces is such a great treasure!
Here is a developmental checklist that will help you see if your child is on track when it comes to puzzle making!
- Age 2 - Putting together those single piece puzles is a huge challenge for the little guys. Turning the pieces JUST right so that they fall into place.
- Age 3 - Putting together a 5-8 piece puzzle is more of a challenge for the young preschoolers. I have found them at Walmart (cheap) and teacher stores (expensive) - but sometimes it works out better in the end if you pay more in the beginning
- Age 4 - The older preschoolers should now be able to handle 12-18 piece puzzles. My favourite puzzles are not like the one pictured above, but the sturdy wooden puzzles that come with a frame (Melissa and Doug)
- Age 5 - In Kindergarten, the range is starting to get larger. Between 18-35 pieces. Some children like puzzles, others do not.
- Age 6 - By the time children are in the first grade, they should be able to accomlish a 50-100 piece puzzle.