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Among the early elementary set, there's a phrase that's uttered at least once every minute. "I'm boooooooooooored." (The amount of o's is approximated but around a dozen is the average.) Generally, it's a veiled request for or protest over a lack of screen time which is fine, but sometimes you'd rather they plop themselves in front of something analog. Enter the puzzle. The 100-piece puzzle to be exact.
Challenging enough to be engaging, but not so difficult it requires your participation, 100-piece puzzles are ideal for kids ages 4-7. Like the ones they've been doing since toddlerhood, these puzzles can help develop and polish a lengthy list of skills. Hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, fine and gross motor abilities, patience, and focus just to name a few–not to mention the fact that learning to master them can boost their self-confidence.
We've rounded up some of our current favorites that get high marks not just for the quality but for the added conversations and deeper learning their artwork can inspire. After all, we wouldn't want them to get too bored! 😉