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Family Time: Puzzles to Piece Together!

29 Sep

shutterstock_195729920Looking for an activity you can do as a family? Beat the bad weather and spend quality time indoors with your little one by piecing together a puzzle! Floor puzzles are perfect for promoting hand-eye coordination, fine motor development, and problem-solving skills. Time away from technology can also be the perfect way for your family to catch up in between busy schedules! Here are 10 of our favorite puzzles for the family:


1.     Animals Themed Peg Puzzle Set (Set of 2)

Build dexterity in your toddler as they learn about friendly and familiar animals! Pictures under each piece provide children with visual cues of where to place each piece, not to mention the artwork is adorable!


2.     Famous Artist Floor Jigsaw Puzzles 

Does your family love classic art? Reconstruct your favorites with the Famous Artist Floor Jigsaw Puzzles. Along with including works of Cassatt, Monet, and Van Gogh, the set includes an insert explaining the history of the artwork and a biography of the artist.


3.     Green Start Topsy Turvy Pattern Play Puzzle 

Teach patterns with these colorful puzzles! Made with wood, the colorful square-shaped pieces provide for tons of pattern combinations. Get as creative as you want piecing together a new pattern each time!


4.     Prehistoric Sunset 24 Piece Puzzle 

This dramatic dinosaur puzzle provides for an educational puzzling session as you appeal to your child’s inner dino lover. With bright colors and scenery, this puzzle is great for starting science conversations!


5.     Beginning Skills Floor Puzzle 

Work on your child’s beginner skills with this fun, colorful puzzle set! Teach the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes as children piece together the different puzzles.

31422a6.     Animal Block Puzzles (Set of 2) 

Mix things up with block puzzles! These nine-piece puzzles allow children to build both vertically and horizontally as they re-create familiar animals. Each puzzles features six puzzles to complete.


7.     Alphabet and Numbers Puzzle Pairs 

Teach the alphabet and numbers at the same time as children piece together pictures to the alphabet and dots to numbers 1-10! Make the puzzle more challenging by following included instructions for challenging skill-building games.


8.     OBLO™ Spheres 3-D Puzzle 

Take puzzling to the next level with these award-winning 3-D spheres! To graduate from one layer to the next, children must find the correct position for each piece to build a sphere within a sphere! Is your little puzzler up to the challenge?


9.     Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle 

The 26-piece friendly Stegosaurus teaches letters with fun puzzle play! Once built, the stegosaurus can stand on its own for hours of fun and learning for your preschooler.


10. Shark Jigsaw 100 Piece Puzzle 

Do sharks fascinate your child? Dive into the deep seas by reconstructing this colorful, ocean scene! Talk about underwater ecosystems and food chains for an impromptu science lesson.

Didn’t find the puzzle you wanted? Browse through an even greater selection of puzzles for varying age groups here: https://www.kaplantoys.com/shop/puzzles

4 Indoor Activities for the Winter Months

13 Jan

Have you been feeling the effects of the winter weather recently? Being cooped up inside because it’s too cold outside can leave kids restless and parents at a loss for activities to do to keep their children entertained. But don’t worry, we have a few tips and toys to help you out and give kids options that will have them both learning and expending all of that restless energy!

1. Teach Your Kids How to Dress for Winter Weather

Winter weather can be a great time to teach your little ones how to dress properly for the different seasons. Keeping warm is important and you can show them how to with our cute felt sets! Let Freddy the Frog and Wally the Weather Dog help teach your kids about the world of weather and how to dress for it:



The felt sets are great for visual learners and can be used along with our book “Froggy Gets Dressed” and our seasonal felt backdrops.

2. Learn About Seasons with Puzzles

The change in weather can be the perfect time to teach your child about the seasons and what to expect with each one. While they’re at it, they can develop motor skills through putting together our Seasons Puzzle Set. The puzzle pictures are easy matching and can be used as a storytelling board for discussions on how seasons might be different depending on where you live.


3. Read Books About Weather and Seasonal Changes

Of course, a great go-to for indoor activities with your children is reading, but why not take that time to learn about the natural processes at work that are keeping you indoors? Sit down with your child and learn about the magic of the season through observations and playful rhymes in the “I See Book Set,” or introduce your kids to the basics of weather with cool facts and awesome nature photos in the “Weather Basics Book Set.” Learning about the changing world outside is a great substitute for not being able to go out in it!



4. Make Your Own Winter Crafts with Signs of the Seasons

Being indoors is a great time for you and your kids to engage in art projects. Your child can paint a winter wonderland, cut out a paper snowflake, or even transition their creativity into the kitchen by making homemade ice cream! We have signs of the season that you can use to print for a variety of artistic outlets, including decorating, art projects, book covers, games and more. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to encourage your child’s creative side.


For even more winter activities that you can do indoors, you can check out this Pinterest board.


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