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We also have a shape sorter that is quite difficult. She likes to do it with my help. She can't really figure out which piece goes where or even that she may need to change the orientation to get them to fit.
She's always been a pretty focused kid, though, and very driven. Early on she understood "match up your colors" and how to twist pieces around to try them in a specific spot. Puzzles were just something she really latched onto. I'm thrilled; I love them, too.
DS (4 yo) is doing 60+ jigsaws. By 24 months, she was doing 12 - 20 piece puzzles.
We own a puzzle shop though, so they've been immersed in puzzles since birth, haha.
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Now at 24mo knob puzzles are 'too easy' but she still loves hers. We have an alphabet shape puzzle (no knobs) which she loves, and her latest thing is exploring symmetry with it... seeing which letters can be flipped end-over-end and still fit in the space! She has the shape puzzle mastered and can name many of the shapes (we also did some Montessori-style shape matching with those pieces).
She got the Melissa and Doug shape clock for her birthday and has conquered that. She loves her shape... um.. what to call it... it's a stacking sorter, one circle, two rectangles, 3 triangles, 4 squares,and 5 pentagons, they each stack onto their specific pegs. She can do that in under 30 seconds, she's a machine.
We tried a multi-piece puzzle around 22mo but it was beyond her and she wasn't very interested. I think she's ready for that step now and there's one under the tree for her, just 6 pieces. Oh, and another one which is a set of 2-piece matching puzzles, the type with a number digit on one piece and that number of objects on the other piece.
She LOVES puzzles and this sort of matching and manipulation stuff is very congruent with Montessori method, which we're loosely following, so I'm not shy about getting new ones lol... OH and I just ordered the Montessori cylinder blocks, which are another kind of puzzle really! Each block has 5 cylinders (I got the 'mini' blocks, the full-size ones have 10), there are 4 blocks, in each set the cylinders gradate in different ways... In one, they're all the same width but the height decreases. In another, the height is the same but the diameter decreases. In another, both height and diameter decrease. I think the 4th one, diameter decreases while height increases. They fit into slots in the blocks. I've been drooling over this for months and finally ordered it... I think she's ready for it!
He also does the shape sorter very well, but he's been doing that since he was 12 months.
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Neither of my kids could do puzzles at that age. They can pick the right piece, and orient it correctly, but they don't have the fine motor coordination to get it in just. the. right. place. They get frustrated and have no fun at all, lol. I think my toddlers just lack the patience for puzzle
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I think this is just one of those things either you like or don't like. Personally, I despise puzzles of all kind from jigsaw to sudoku to crosswords. I have plenty of patients for crafts and things, but none when it comes to puzzles. Kids must have gotten it from dh because he could sit there all day trying to do the word puzzles in the Sunday Paper.
At 24 months, those are too easy for him and he has moved on to puzzles with more pieces and puzzles that do no have a picture underneath. These are some of his favorites right now:
I also found a few vintage wooden tray puzzles on eBay that he enjoys, similar to these:
In the spring I noticed my son was interested in some wooden jigsaw puzzled we had but was not able to do these yet. He was only about 17 months at the time. So for Easter I got him some peg type Wooden puzzles. One with farm animals, one with letters and one with numbers. The farm animal ones he is able to do perfectly now at 21 months and he's getting the hang of the numbers now, the alphabet one is still a little hard but I feel like they have been good for hand eye coordination. I got the Melissa and Doug ones and I purchased them on Amazon.