In a world filled to the brim with technology, jigsaw puzzles remain a popular form of entertainment that doesn’t require a screen or batteries. From easy to incredibly complicated, completing a jigsaw puzzle is immensely satisfying. So is the actual process of sorting pieces and slowly seeing an image appear as pieces are added one by one. Jigsaw puzzles are an excellent activity for the entire family. For younger children, puzzles teach patience and coordination and enhance cognitive skills. For adults, puzzling helps maintain healthy brain function. Benefits aside, jigsaw puzzles are simply a fun, engaging activity that families can enjoy together.
Here are 25 excellent jigsaw puzzles for preschoolers all the way up to 1000 piece puzzles for families and adults.
Awesome Jigsaw Puzzles For Every Age
Melissa & Doug Deluxe 12 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Bundle
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The Learning Journey Big Floor Puzzles – Journey Under The Sea
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Ravensburger No Dogs on The Beach Puzzle
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Melissa & Doug Shark Jigsaw Puzzle
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The Solar System 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
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A Day at the Zoo – Spot and Find Puzzle
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For the preschool puzzlers in the family, the Melissa & Doug Deluxe 12 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Bundle is an excellent choice. Each of the four puzzles features colorful and detailed scenes of vehicles, pets, construction, and a farm. Designed specifically for first-time puzzlers, out of the 12 pieces in each puzzle 10 of the pieces are corners or outside pieces. This helps to encourage little ones to attempt even more jigsaw puzzles. Each scene includes a wooden tray that’s useful for assembling and storing the puzzles.
Another puzzle option for younger puzzlers (ages 3-6), Sneaky Puzzles – Dinosaur Land features fun cartoon dinosaurs. This 2 x 3-foot floor puzzle has 46 large pieces that are easy to handle. There are even a few surprises; not only is the puzzle double-sided but after assembling it, children search for the numbers 0-9 hidden in the colorful scenes.
The Learning Journey Big Floor Puzzles – Journey Under The Sea has 30 big pieces, and is great for little hands. The colorful cartoon ocean scene is sure to delight young puzzlers. Fully assembled, this puzzle is 18 x 24 inches. Reviewers appreciate this puzzle brand because of the long-lasting and sturdy puzzle pieces that stand up to lots of use.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood School 24 Piece Preschool Puzzle features the beloved characters from the PBS show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Join Daniel Tiger and friends at school with this 24 piece puzzle designed for kids 3 and up. It’s easy for little ones to put together, take apart, and put together again, all on their own.
The Fisher-Price 6-in-1 Adventure Jigsaw Puzzle offers a variety of puzzles for your preschooler; themes include School, Dinosaur, Emergency Rescue, Safari, Pirate, and Pet Shop. There’s a delightful, brightly colored puzzle for every interest and the different puzzles will keep little ones busy. Puzzle pieces are made from durable cardboard and stand up to lots of use. Each puzzle has 24 pieces.
Older children will be ready for more challenging puzzles than the simpler jigsaw puzzles designed for preschoolers. Appropriate for ages 6+, the Ravensburger No Dogs on The Beach Puzzle has 100 pieces and depicts an adorable beach scene. Ravensburger produces high-quality puzzles for all ages.
From another trusted manufacturer of quality educational toys and puzzles, the Melissa & Doug Shark Jigsaw Puzzle is a great step up from preschool puzzles. The underwater shark theme is super cool, and the repeating colors and patterns add a bit of a challenge. An older elementary aged child can complete this puzzle in less than a day.
The Solar System 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle is a cool, science-themed puzzle featuring our solar system. Not only is it a fun puzzle for elementary aged children, but the completed puzzle teaches about the planets. The high-quality cardboard puzzle pieces fit together perfectly. In addition, the pieces are made from recycled cardboard and the image is printed on recycled paper using safe, environmentally friendly vegetable based inks.
The Star Wars Classic Original 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles set is perfect for Star Wars fans of all ages. Each puzzle is 100 pieces and features an iconic scene from the popular films. Reviewers noted that the puzzles you receive may not be the ones pictured here, but any Star Wars scene makes a cool puzzle. May the force be with you!
A Day at the Zoo – Spot and Find Puzzle is a colorful, challenging puzzle for children ages 5+. After completing the puzzle, kids search for the hidden items for even more fun. It’s a 100 piece puzzle that measures 13 x 19 inches when complete. This puzzle is made from non-toxic board and safe, vegetable based inks.
Older elementary school age children (ages 9+) are ready for more complicated puzzles, like the 300 piece Ravensburger Looking at the World Puzzle. This puzzle depicts a colorful world map and images of popular world landmarks.
The Owl at the Center: 300 Piece Puzzle features a unique graphic design. The colorful birds and bear stand out against the background and the nearly symmetrical design adds to the challenge. The skill level is appropriate for older elementary school children, but the entire family will enjoy the colorful image.
While many jigsaw puzzles feature cartoon or art images, the Sierra Club – Puffins: 300 Piece Puzzle features a photo image of adorable puffins. It’s only 300 pieces, but the black and white puffins on a somewhat uniform green background offer a fun challenge.
The New York Puzzle Company – Paul Thurlby Animal Collage puzzle features a collage of Paul Thurby’s colorful animal illustrations. A tiger, goldfish, pink flamingo, giraffe, and more are represented in delightful cartoon pictures. Family members of all ages will enjoy assembling this puzzle, but it is recommended for children ages 7 and up.
Disney Classics Look and Find add another layer of fun to family jigsaw puzzles. First, assemble the 300 piece jigsaw puzzle. Characters from familiar Disney animated films “The Jungle Book”, “Dumbo”, “The Lion King”, and “101 Dalmatians” are all a part of this puzzle. But, the fun doesn’t stop there. After assembling, kids search for the hidden items in the puzzle. Find a certain number of red fruit, circus clowns, colorful insects, and yellow bouncy balls. Kids practice puzzling skills and then visual perception and counting.
Beyond elementary school, kids are more apt to enjoy challenging puzzles that appeal not only to younger members of the family but adults as well. The Krypt Silver 654 Piece Blank Puzzle Challenge is one of the most unique and challenging jigsaw puzzles available. The entire puzzle is a single color and the pieces are shiny metallic. Rather than creating a picture, this puzzle is about identifying the types of pieces and how they fit together. The puzzle set includes a puzzle map.
Take jigsaw puzzles to a whole new level with the Neuschwanstein Castle 3D Jigsaw Puzzle. A 3D puzzling experience provides hours of challenging fun. Not to mention, the result is beautiful. To assemble, simply put together all of the flat sections and then create the castle. The puzzle has 890 pieces and includes instructions.
Assembling a jigsaw puzzle is a fun activity, but this puzzle has a few surprises after completion. The MasterPieces Hidden Image Glow Collection The Woodlands Puzzle has a charming wildlife scene and a few extras. Assemble the 550 piece puzzle and then search for the hidden images. Some of the hidden items can only be found with the lights off because they glow in the dark!
Fans of Harry Potter’s wizarding world will love the stunning Harry Potter 550 Piece Hogwarts Castle Jigsaw Puzzle. This iconic image is a favorite of wizards and witches, young and old alike. The puzzle is 550 pieces of challenging, magical fun.
Because of his beautiful use of light, Thomas Kinkade’s art is a popular subject for puzzles. Often, puzzlers will even hang a completed and framed puzzle on their wall. The Ceaco Thomas Kinkade The Disney Dreams Collection The Little Mermaid features not only Kinkade’s work but an iconic scene from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”. This gorgeous puzzle has 750 pieces.
While there are quite a few Eurographics dinosaur jigsaw puzzles, the EuroGraphics Dinosaurs Cretaceous 1000 Piece Puzzle is my favorite because it features easily recognizable dinosaurs like tyrannosaurus and triceratops. With 1000 pieces, this a challenging puzzle that the entire family can work on together and will take several days of work to complete.
Most of us are familiar with the post-impressionist work, “Starry Night”, by Van Gogh. It’s a beautiful subject for a challenging puzzle, but this image is even more unique than the original. The Buffalo Games Photomosaic – Starry Night image is comprised of thousands of tiny images combined to form the larger image. The finished 1000 piece puzzle measures 27 x 20 inches.
The Disney Stained Art Jigsaw Puzzle is my favorite puzzle on this list. It’s a challenging 1000 piece puzzle featuring all of my favorite iconic Disney characters in an absolutely beautiful format. The stained glass image is unique and reviewers agree that the finished puzzle is display-worthy.
You may think that Melissa & Doug designs toys and jigsaw puzzles exclusively for younger children, but the Melissa & Doug Knock Knock Cardboard Jigsaw 1000 pc Puzzle is great for kids and adults. The images of different doors are unique and interesting, and e perfect subject for a challenging puzzle. As with all of their products, this puzzle is made of durable, high-quality materials.
An illustrated periodic table is very cool on its own but even better as a challenging 1000 piece puzzle. The completed EuroGraphics Periodic Table puzzle would look fantastic hanging in a classroom or on the wall of any science enthusiast. All Eurographics puzzles are made in the USA, 100% recyclable, safe, non-toxic, and printed with vegetable-based inks and Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
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