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my dd is 2.5 and has been more interested in her puzzles lately. we found 2 brandnew ones at a yard sale today. when we got home i put both on the floor for her, and mixed up all the pieces. these are the knob puzzles where ya match the puzzle piece to where there's a matching picture under it on the board, if that helps explain anything. there's like 8 or 10 different pieces. anyway, she finished both puzzles in just a few minutes!! is that "normal" for her age? these are 2 new puzzles she's never done before.<br><br>
i'm also wondering, maybe it's time to get her regular jigsaw puzzles??<br><br><br>
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2.5 yp DD's a bit advanced for her age with the spatial stuff like puzzles, but here's the progression we followed: when the knob puzzles got boring, we got some of the Melissa and Doug 4 to a box wooden puzzles (12 or 16 pieces I think) and would give her one at a time, then all at once. Early on we also gave her 6 then 12 then 16 piece block puzzles with 6 difference scenes depending on which face is up. These are great because they don't require the same level of dexterity as jigsaws. Small World Toys also has a good selection shape, animal and alphabet puzzles that are a step up from knob puzzles. Some have the pictures underneath, some don't.<br><br>
After she'd mastered these we gave her various 25, 40 and then 60 piece jigsaws -- the easy ones with picture detail spread over the whole puzzle. There are some great floor puzzles for kids that don't quite have the dexerity for the smaller ones. She's now up to 100 piece puzzles of this easy sort, and that's the limit of her patience. No real interest yet in smaller puzzles with similar coloured adjacent pieces, because she memorizes the pictures and likes to talk about the puzzles picture as she puts it together.<br><br>
Basically, we always have at least one puzzle type she's not quite ready for waiting in the wings and we wait until she asks for it repeatedly before getting more.
 

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This is interesting to read, I just got DS a 25 piece jigsaw puzzle for an upcoming trip and have been wondering if it would be too difficult for him. He only has 3 piece puzzles that he's well beyond at home but can do ones with about 10 pieces at the library.<br><br>
Sounds like this might be the right time to introduce them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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