12 Best Wooden Puzzles for Toddlers who Love Melissa and Doug
Melissa and Doug have really captured the market when it comes to wooden puzzles for toddlers. Their toys are some of the best and you can’t possibly go wrong with anything labelled Melissa and Doug. Puzzle time is an educational experience and parents can have fun too with their kids as they learn how tell the time, complete a jigsaw, learn shapes and colors or even learn how to open a lock. The best puzzles for toddlers are not too complicated but challenging enough, and most of all they have to be fun. Here are some of the best picks of Melissa and Doug puzzles that will immensely entertain your little one.
Melissa & Doug Bear Family Dress-Up Puzzle
Just missing Goldilocks, this Melissa & Doug Bear Family Dress-Up Puzzle is sure capture any child’s imagination. It can be difficult to find wooden puzzles for toddlers that really engage them, but this set encourages toddlers to learn communication skills and emotional empathy when playing. Because they can change the expressions on the mama bear, daddy bear and baby bear’s faces, they will not only be encouraged to talk about the expressions but create stories behind them as well. This set includes a total of 45 mix and match pieces and a wooden storage box which if fantastic for keeping all the pieces in one place.
Melissa & Doug Latches Board
The Melissa & Doug Latches Board is a unique wooden puzzle for toddlers that teaches them about colors, shapes, numbers and animals by challenging them to open locks. Toddlers will learn both cognitive and physical skills when they play with this puzzle, featuring 6 numbered doors and latches to open. When toddlers master the latches and open the wooden doors, they reveal colorful animals. This is great for expanding fine motor skills as well.
Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden Fishing Puzzle Game
Let toddlers go fishing with this fun Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game. One of the best puzzles for toddlers, it’s a fun twist on a basic puzzle. Using the magnetic end of the fishing pole, kids can remove the sea life puzzle pieces and then place them back into the peg. This puzzle includes 10 pieces in a sturdy wood board.
Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board
Depending on your little one, the Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board might be too complicated, but toddlers will have fun trying. The board includes six pieces; a buckle, button, laces snaps and a zipper, all important skills for dressing yourself. So if your toddler wants to do everything themselves, this a nice puzzle sure to amuse them.
Melissa & Doug Shape Sequence Sorting Set
Some of the best wooden puzzles for toddlers will encourage learning and fun at once and this Melissa & Doug Shape Sequence Sorting Set does both. Toddlers will love trying to fit the pieces into the right places and in doing so, will learn colors and shapes. They will also learn problem-solving skills as they learn how to fix a mistake when they make one. This set includes 18 wooden blocks in various colors, sizes and shapes.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Box – Vehicles
Toddler learning puzzles don’t get a lot more classic than this Melissa & Doug Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles. Stored in a wooden box, there are four wooden vehicles puzzles to choose from. The set also comes in farm animals, dinosaurs, construction vehicles and pets, so there’s something to suit every child’s interest. Each jigsaw puzzle has 12 pieces.
Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Chunky Puzzle
Small hands should have no trouble manipulating the chunky pieces of this Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Chunky Puzzle. The 7 puzzle pieces are colorful and detailed with 7 different dinosaurs. Pictures under the pieces help toddlers pick the right spot for their puzzle piece. This puzzle helps to promote hand-eye coordination, creative expression and fine motor skills. The dinosaurs included in this set include ankylosaurus, pteranodon, T-Rex, triceratops, Apatosaurus, stegosaurus and hadroasaurus.
Melissa & Doug Vehicle Sound Blocks
Toddlers are rewarded with realistic vehicle noises when they put the pieces together correctly in the Melissa & Doug Vehicle Sound Blocks. When the halves of the puzzle come together, kids will hear six different vehicle sounds from the six vehicles featured on this puzzle: a jet plane, a train, an ambulance, a motorcycle, a tugboat and a fire engine. You can get a more advanced version of this toddler puzzle toy that has more blocks, but two is nice and simple to keep toddlers entertained and feel they can complete it.
Melissa & Doug Shapes Peg Puzzle
The Melissa & Doug Shapes Large Peg Puzzle is perfect for tiny hands. The large pegs make it easy for older babies and toddlers to grasp and put the shapes back in the right place. Toddlers will learn colors, shapes and are encouraged to develop their hand eye coordination. Made from a thick sturdy wood, this bright and colorful puzzle is an ideal starter puzzle for younger toddlers.
Melissa & Doug Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks
Babies and toddlers love stacking blocks, so what’s better than a giant 90cm high tower that teachers animals, letters and number recognition. The Melissa & Doug Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks are made from cardboard and nest together nicely into one box for storage.
Melissa & Doug Nesting & Sorting – Barns & Animals
The Melissa & Doug Nesting & Sorting Barns & Animals is a collection of stackable barns with little wooden animals for creative play. Toddlers can match each animal to a picture on the barn and explore color, size, counting and problem solving. The barns are made from cardboard, so not as durable as wood, but it’s still a great puzzle toy for educating kids.
Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock
The Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock will help teach kids the concept of telling time. The brightly colored clock has 12 removable shape pieces that fit into a corresponding shape slot, so kids can have fun matching up the puzzle shapes. The hour and minute hand rotate and are also labelled. Teaching toddlers time with a clock might be a little advanced, but it’s a gentle way to introduce time with breakfast, lunch and bedtime.