Puzzles might not be the most exciting thing for kids (or even adults), but they give your brain a workout, help with your visual and spatial awareness, and improve motor skills. If you’ve got a puzzle partner, then puzzles also help with your collaboration skills. There are a lot of practical reasons to encourage your kids to do puzzles, but sometimes, practical doesn’t sound very fun. That’s where the dinosaurs come in.
Many children love these prehistoric creatures. They can’t get enough of them. They devour movies and TV shows about them, gravitate toward dinosaur books even if they can’t read them and just love all things dinosaur. Combining dinos with puzzles might encourage your child to commit to doing one.
We rounded up the best kids dinosaur puzzles for you. These puzzles are generally meant for kids ages three to eight, so the pieces are larger and thicker to keep your child’s hands safe. There are two traditional flat puzzles on this list and a more uniquely shaped puzzle that’ll ask your child to put together a pretty big dinosaur.
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1. Kids Puzzle Dinosaur Puzzle
Your child will be transported back to prehistoric times with this detailed and computer-generated puzzle. It shows a T-Rex with her babies, while pterodactyls fly overhead. There are a total of 46 pieces in this puzzle, and the puzzle is meant for kids ages 3-8. The puzzle is designed so that the pieces aren’t sharp and won’t injure your little one’s hands. The pieces are also easy to wipe off, in case there are any unexpected spills during puzzle time.
2. Melissa & Doug Dinosaurs Floor Puzzle
If your child wants to see a wide variety of dinosaurs in their puzzle, you should check out this option. There are 13 different dinos on display, ranging from the brachiosaurus to the fan-favorite T-Rex. This 48-piece puzzle, which is meticulously illustrated, is meant for kids between the ages of three and six. It’s made of extra thick cardboard pieces, which are easier for your child to handle and easier to wipe down.
3. Learning Resources T-Rex Jumbo Dinosaur Floor Puzzle
Instead of just a flat, rectangular puzzle that shows a scene of dinosaurs gathering, this puzzle lets your child get up close and personal with their favorite dino. On one side, there’s an illustrated dinosaur, and on the other, it shows the dinosaur’s bones. Letting the child see both will help your child recognize dinosaur fossils at museums. The puzzle pieces are made out of foam, so they’re very child-safe. You can choose from a T-Rex, stegosaurus or triceratops puzzle.