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One of my 2.5 year olds loves jigsaw puzzles. He is intellectually ready for puzzles with more than 24 pieces, but he still mouths everything. I am fed up with him eating the puzzle pieces before his siblings have a chance to use the puzzles.<br><br>
So, I need ideas of challenging puzzles made from tough materials.<br><br>
TIA
 

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I have a 4 yr old that still puts pieces in her mouth.<br><br>
Melissa and Doug do a nice, thick wood 48 & 100piece puzzles--I've seen them at Target and Borders<br><br><a href="http://www.target.com/Melissa-Doug-Deluxe-Wooden-Puzzles/dp/B000PXWB9U" target="_blank">PUZZLES</a>
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I like to tell the story of my 3yo easily doing a 60 piece jigsaw, finishing, and then eating one of the pieces. Asynchronous development!<br><br>
No advice though, the puzzles all seem to turn to cardboard after about 30 pieces.
 

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Melissa and Doug has some wood 48 piece puzzles.<br><br>
We were really fond of several Ravensberger puzzles when DS1 was that age. They tend to be a little harder.
 

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Sounds like I'll have to go on a hunt for those bigger Melissa and Doug puzzles. Thanks.
 

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I second M&D puzzles but also The Learning Journey. I found a four puzzle box set at Costco.<br>
This is it<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLearning-Journey-Box-Wooden-Puzzle%2Fdp%2FB0015YUFDM" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Journ.../dp/B0015YUFDM</a><br><br>
Just found this one by LJ as well <a href="http://www.google.com/products/catalog?sourceid=navclient&rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS346US346&q=learning+journey+4+in+a+box+wood+puzzle&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=14575510075701424094&ei=GxwVS5mxBomKMoz31LcG&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CBwQ8wIwBA#ps-sellers" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/products/catal...wBA#ps-sellers</a>
 

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Ooooh. I like those LJ puzzles.
 

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What about the Beleduc layered puzzles instead of just increasing the number of pieces? My 2.5 y.o. is at the same stage and she finds the layered puzzles a challenge...esp. the body parts one.
 

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I've never seen those Beleduc puzzles. They look cool, too.
 

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I remember using the story about my two-year-old finishing a 24-piece-puzzle and then, grinning, biting off part of one of the pieces, for illustration of this very concept for someone asking about it in a thread...<br><br>
I seem to remember he outgrew that stage shortly after, though (a while before he started doing 49 piece-puzzles; good thing too because I'm sure the smaller pieces are much more quickly swallowed; bits of the larger pieces can be taped back together to save the puzzle...). Fingers crossed that will be the case with yours soon, too!
 

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This is exactly what my guy had been doing. For the past month or so, though, he has been sucking and chewing on them - which is less repairable.
 

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I am over M&D puzzles b/c they never match the picture (which DD calls a map and likes to use, now in her map obsession stage) and half the pictures look like they were enlarged too far and are all pixel-y... and they never fit back into the box! And the total lack of proper perspective/sizing bugs me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> DD is not a mouth kid but does pick at stuff (like little puzzle "bumps" as she calls them that bend, and then the top paper peels up...) so we got some great tough big pieced puzzles (floor puzzles) from Great American Puzzle Factory.
 
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