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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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.
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?".
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.
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!
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.
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.