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100-Piece Puzzles

100 pieces: The right size jigsaw puzzle for kindergarteners to high schoolers


Not every kid will quietly do a puzzle while you work at home. In fact, most probably won’t without parental encouragement but finding the right puzzle is half the battle. 100-piece puzzles are remarkably versatile. Young puzzle enthusiast (ages 5-7) may find them a good challenge--a step up from their preschool days with board puzzles.

Older kids, however, will still be interested in 100-piece puzzles because they don’t take much time or commitment (unlike a 1,000-piece puzzle). Kids can redo them again and again. They can time themselves or race another kid working on a different 100-piece puzzle. And when it’s time to clear the kitchen table for dinner, no one is too upset when they go back in the box.

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Great American Puzzle Factory USA Map 100 Pieces

18x24 inches
Maker’s recommended ages: 8 to 15

While the ocean and Canada are in typical interlocking jigsaw puzzle pieces the puzzle pieces for the states match the shape of the states. Puzzle comes with a 32-page book with additional information on the states.

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Mudpuppy's Monsters 100-pc Puzzle in Tin

18 x 12 inches
Maker’s recommended ages: 4 to 6

I love puzzles in a tin, especially puzzles that you hope to do more than once. And 100-piece puzzles definitely get more than one go-around. A tin, unlike a box can get dented but not totally crushed so no pieces get lost.

Where's Waldo 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

11.5x16.25 inches
Maker’s recommended ages: 5 to 12

This puzzle has the added bonus of being a being a Where’s Waldo puzzle. Of course, after the first time kids will know where Waldo is but it’s still fun to look through the crowd.

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4 Pack of Fancy Nancy 100-Piece Glitter Puzzles

11.5 x 15 inches (each)
Maker’s recommended ages: 4 to 6

Because a girl can never have enough Fancy Nancy anything, these glitter puzzles come as a four-pack. Puzzles in the assortment are: "I Love Being Fancy!", " Butterfly Puzzle", "Dog Show" and "What's a Fancy Girl to Do?".

Highlights "On the Farm" 100-pc Puzzle in Barn Box

Maker’s recommended ages: 6 to 8

Like the puzzle in a tin, this is another one where I like the packaging as much as the puzzle. Made by Ravensburger, the illustration is from Highlights magazine.

Melissa & Doug Pirate's Bounty Floor Puzzle - 100 pc

24x36 inches
Maker’s recommended ages: 6 and up

Large sturdy pieces make this 100-piece floor puzzle a great starter jigsaw puzzle for kids moving up from board puzzles.

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Great American Puzzle Factory Treasure Hunt

11.5x16.25 inches
Maker’s recommended ages: 12 and up

Like a wordless storybook, this puzzle tells a story too, and it's up to your kid to decide what it is. Kids can spin their own fantastic scenario to go with this adventurous picture. While the maker’s recommended age of 12+ says to me it may be more difficult than average, I bet my 10-year-old could do it.  After all, it is only 100 pieces. Glows in the dark too!

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Melissa And Doug Human Body 100-pc Floor Puzzle

18x48 inches
Maker’s recommended ages: 8 and up

Kids are more likely to redo a puzzle repeatedly if they learn something each time. This double-sided, life-size (for kids at least) puzzle of the human body has ample opportunity for learning especially since one side shows skeletal structure and the other the internal organs and circulatory system.

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Melissa & Doug Presidents of the USA 100-pc Floor Puzzle

24x36 inches
Maker’s recommended ages: 6 and up

If history rather than science gets your kids’ attention, try this floor puzzle with illustrated portraits of the American presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama. Puzzle lists president's full name and length of service under each portrait. Use the puzzle as a teaching tool to see if they can name all of them.

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