Jigsaw puzzles are a timeless, classic and fun activity for children and the whole family.
Jigsaw puzzles have so many benefits; they teach children fine motor skills, problem solving skills, refine their observation skills and provide hours of entertainment. This makes them a great way to secretly weave in skill development for children whilst playing.
Adults love jigsaws too so they are a brilliant way to bring the whole family together and can easily be whipped out when kids say "I'm bored!".
Each child is different with varying abilities but the general guidelines are that four-year-olds can play with 24 pieces, five-year-olds use up to 60 pieces and six to seven-year-olds can use 120 pieces. After that, children can work with more and more pieces but ultimately it depends on an individual child's ability. Plus, adults can get stuck in and help with slightly trickier puzzles.
So, if you're looking for awesome children's puzzles, look no further. We have done our research and compiled a list of the best jigsaws around.
Kidadl's Top Pick
There are a bunch of fantastic jigsaw puzzles on the market that we are certain you and your kids will love but there is one that truly stands out. We have made our top pick based on value, quality and design.
1. Ravensburger Dinosaurs Jigsaw Puzzle
Ravensburger puzzles are popular all over the world for having the best quality puzzles that are loved by the whole family and they have sold over a billion puzzles globally. This beautifully designed dinosaur puzzle is no exception. The XXL jigsaw pieces are made of high quality cardboard so you can rest assured his puzzle will last for years. Plus, you and your child can learn about the different types of these fascinating prehistoric animals together whilst you play.
- Price: £10
- Age: 8+
- 200 pieces
- 49cm x 36 cm when complete
- Quality and lasting cardboard jigsaw pieces
Best World Map Jigsaw Puzzle
2. Orchard Toys Jigsaw Puzzle Poster World Map
What better way to get children into Geography that with a world map puzzle? This 150 piece jigsaw when complete reveals all the countries, continents and some amazing landmarks. Kids can start to explore the globe right from at home. It can be used as a great educational tool without seeming like work. The puzzle is also complete with a world map poster for you to put up, The possibilities are endless with this puzzle.
- Price: £14
- Age: 5-10 years
- 150 pieces
- 88cm x 61cm when complete
Best Floor Puzzle
3. Orchard Toys Giant Floor Puzzle
Floor puzzles provide hours of fun. Not only do you have a puzzle to complete, but the new floor mat can spark hours of imaginative play. This jigsaw has 20 chunky pieces which is easy to use for children aged three and above. The pieces are interchangeable so your child can be creative and create a different puzzle every time. You could also teach your child about road safety with this puzzle. Orchard Toys also creates expansion packs for this set, including more roads, railways and towns so that your child has more pieces to work with.
- Price: £14
- Age: 3+
- 20 huge pieces
- Interchangeable pieces to create different road maps
Best Jigsaw For Under 5s
4. Ravensburger '4 In A Box' Paw Patrol Puzzle
Younger kids can enjoy classic jigsaws too and stimulate their problem-solving skills and observation skills whilst they play. Plus, kids adore 'Paw Patrol' so this is a foolproof puzzle choice and you can rest assured will be loved by your child. This box contains four 'Paw Patrol' themed puzzles because more puzzles equal more fun! Each puzzle has with 12-24 pieces so it is accessible for under fives. The pieces are of the highest quality so they can even survive the excitable hands of toddlers and young kids.
- Price: £6
- Age: 3+
- 4 puzzles in a box
- Each complete puzzle is 19cm x 14cm
Best Jigsaw For Harry Potter Fans
5. Clementoni Potter Jigsaw
For some magical Harry Potter fun, try out this jigsaw puzzle. The puzzle is specially designed for children but can be enjoyed by all ages, and makes a great gift for any Harry Potter fans. The images contain our most beloved characters from the magical universe and are bright, shiny and captivating to really engage your child.
- Price: £5
- Age: 6-10 years
- 104 piece puzzle
- Dimensions 48. 5 cm x 33. 5 cm
Best 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
6. Ravensburger Big Ben Jigsaw Puzzle
A great way to salute one of Britain's national treasures is to put one up in your house with this 3D puzzle of Big Ben. It even lights up so your child can pretend they have the famous monument in their living room. The great thing about this puzzle is the jigsaw pieces are made from sturdy plastic that slot together and stay put even without glue. Constructing this puzzle makes a great challenge for the whole family and to make it a bit easier you can use the numbers on the back of the pieces. Overall, this could make a great activity for family bonding on the weekends, birthdays or Christmas.
- Price: £20
- Age: 8+
- 216 pieces
- LED lighting effects
- 41cm high when constructed
- Premium quality plastic pieces
Best Challenging Puzzle
7. Clementoni Disney Panorama Puzzle
1000 piece jigsaw puzzles provide an awesome challenge for the whole family to do on the weekend, rainy days and during the holidays. This puzzle has a gorgeous and bright animated image and the pieces are made from quality materials. Everyone loves Disney, no matter what age you are or generation you're from. That is why the whole family will love this picture puzzle.
- Price: £8
- Age: 8+
- 1000 pieces
- 99 cm x 33 cm
Best Wooden Puzzle
8. Melissa & Doug Wooden Pirate Adventure Puzzle
Wooden puzzles for kids have that organic and timeless feel to them, plus they look great in their bedroom. This wooden jigsaw by Melissa & Doug is the best on the block with a vibrant pirate image and sturdy, high quality wooden pieces. It is the kind of toy that will last for years and can be passed down through generations. Children aged three and over can develop fine motor skills through creative play with this 48 piece puzzle, which is also complete with a storage tray to make putting it away simple.
- Price: £9
- Age: 3+
- 48 wooden pieces
- Built in storage tray
Best Jigsaw For Creative Kids
9. Colour Me Puzzle
Colouring in has always been a popular kids' activity, and these days adults are doing it too. This colouring in jigsaw can make for some awesome family fun, or even just for kids who love to be creative and explore colour. This puzzle has 500 pieces and once it is completed, the colouring provides hours and hours of fun. The puzzle also comes with a kit so you can mount your child's beautiful creation on the wall. Just get some colouring pencils and you're good to go.
- Price: £15
- Age: 8+
- 500 pieces
- High quality die-cut puzzle pieces
Best For Animal Lovers
10. Ravensburger Dogs 300 Piece Puzzle
An adorable puzzle for kids who love animals and a great gift for dog lovers. It has 300 puzzle pieces so gives a bit of a challenge and some opportunity for the whole family to help. The bright and colorful image of cute and smiley puppies is printed onto quality extra-thick pieces that are durable and can last years.
- Price: £10
- Age: 9+
- 300 XXL pieces
- 33.7cm x 22.9 x 3.8 cm
- Sturdy, durable and colourful pieces
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