2016 Best Puzzles for Toddlers

Toddler playing with puzzlePuzzles for toddlers play an important role in the world of child development toys – they give little ones a great start in hand-eye coordination, control and also tend to play a part in basic learning skills.

One need only watch a little one “negotiating” a puzzle for a few minutes to see the mental wheels start to turn and whir, and to begin to understand how important these very basic toys can be to any child’s start in life.

What’s here: On this page are the ten best toddler puzzles for the spring and summer of 2016. Rankings for the list below are based first on popularity level by sales, also factoring in favorable consumer ratings and reviews.

For shoppers: For each of the toddler puzzles given on this page, recommended merchants have been hand-picked based on price, product availability and secure shopping. Links to reviews also provided here, where possible.

What’s Here:

1. Personalized Primary Name Puzzle
2. Alphabet and Numbers Foam Floor Puzzle
3. Melissa & Doug Disney Wooden Shapes & Colors Peg Puzzle
4. The Learning Journey Puzzle Giant ABC & 123 Train Floor Puzzle
5. Fat Brain Toys Inchimals
6. Melissa & Doug See & Spell
7. Peppa Pig Wood Puzzle Clock
8. T.S. Shure Chunky World Wildlife Wooden Chunky Puzzle
9. Melissa & Doug Chunky Flower Garden
10. Melissa & Doug K’s Kids Stacking Blocks

1. Personalized Primary Name Puzzle

Ages: 3 and up

The first pick of the top 10 toddler puzzles 2016 is the Personalized Primary Name Puzzle.

Toddler puzzles are “in” right now, especially ones that teach kids early reading, writing, and comprehension skills.

The Name Puzzle is a customizable…well, name puzzle, which spells out and helps youngster’s become familiar with reading and recognizing their unique name.

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2. Alphabet and Numbers Foam Floor Puzzle

Ages: 2 and up

The Alphabet and Numbers Foam Floor Puzzle comes in next on the list.

Decked out with colorful ABCs and numbers, this foam mat is both a puzzle and a play mat. When the huge puzzle pieces are put together, kids can spill out their toys, using the mat to play for hours. This is also a great classroom (or playroom) mat for naptimes.

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Kids Alphabet and Numbers Interlocking Foam Puzzle Building Floor Mat - 36-Piece

$37.79
End Date: Wednesday Feb-15-2017 16:58:24 PST
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Foam Floor Alphabet and Number Puzzle Mat for Kids, 96-Piece

$49.15
End Date: Friday Feb-17-2017 5:46:21 PST
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Foam Floor Alphabet And Number Puzzle Mat For Kids, 96-piece

$50.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-18-2017 14:27:11 PST
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3. Melissa & Doug Disney Wooden Shapes & Colors Peg Puzzle

Ages: 3 and up

Third up among this year’s best toddler puzzles is the Disney Wooden Shapes & Colors Peg Puzzle from Melissa & Doug.

Peg puzzles are great for toddlers because the pegs make it easier to lift the pieces out of the cut-outs.

This puzzle is all about Disney, or more specifically, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

The most beloved Disney characters reveal shapes and colors, with special surprise pictures underneath each puzzle piece.

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Price: $12.98
You save: $2.01 (13 %)
26 new from $8.483 used from $10.64

4. The Learning Journey Puzzle Giant ABC & 123 Train Floor Puzzle

Ages: 3 – 6

Also making a hit among the best puzzles for toddlers in 2016 – The Learning Journey Puzzle Giant ABC & 123 Train.

Letters and numbers on a train? Count me in. This awesome, ginormous puzzle is an ABC and 123 locomotive, stretching 10-feet when completely pieced together. There are 2 floor puzzles, each 30 pieces, but both interlock for a bigger picture.

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The Learning Journey Puzzle Doubles Giant ABC & 123 Train Floor Puzzle

$16.67
End Date: Thursday Feb-16-2017 13:57:55 PST
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The Learning Journey Puzzle Doubles, Giant ABC & 123 Train Floor Puzzles

$16.86
End Date: Thursday Feb-16-2017 15:00:26 PST
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NEW The Learning Journey Puzzle Doubles Giant ABC & 123 Train Floor Puzzle

$19.82
End Date: Saturday Feb-18-2017 3:49:35 PST
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Price: $34.95
25 new from $32.950 used

5. Fat Brain Toys Inchimals

Ages: 3 and up

Fat Brain Toys Inchimals comes in at #5 of the top toddler puzzles this year.

First of all, the name of this toy brand gets me giggling every single time. Fat Brain Toys. Ha! It is a play on the thought that our brains get bigger as we get smarter. Love the idea! Their Inchimals puzzles are unique block sets, each featuring a colorful animal.

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Inchimals Fat Brain Toy Co. Used

$18.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-15-2017 19:38:54 PST
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Fat Brain Toy Co Inchimals Complete

$14.99
End Date: Thursday Feb-16-2017 17:30:42 PST
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Fat Brain Toys Wood Inchimals Measuring Blocks

$42.94
End Date: Saturday Feb-18-2017 7:26:10 PST
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Price: $16.89
You save: $1.34 (7 %)
107 new from $12.001 used from $14.69

6. Melissa & Doug See & Spell

Ages: 4 and up

Next up on the list – also making the “best of” toddler puzzles list for 2016 is Melissa & Doug See & Spell.

The See & Spell is a classic with cut-outs where the words go. Contained within a reusable wooden box, there are 8 wooden, rectangular puzzles, each with words spelled out alongside pictures. 72 vibrant letters are in a separate container.

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Melissa & Doug Puzzle Keeper Wooden see and spell new

$12.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-15-2017 19:26:10 PST
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Melissa and Doug See and Spell Puzzle

$10.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-15-2017 19:59:46 PST
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Melissa Doug See Spell Spelling Learning New Fun Educational Toy Wooden Puzzle

$22.61
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Price: $16.37
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7. Peppa Pig Wood Puzzle Clock

Ages: 2 and up

So cute! Peppa Pig Wood Puzzle Clock comes in 7th of the ten best puzzles for toddlers this year.

I am oh-so familiar with Peppa Pig. She is a staple in my household, and I have learned that toddlers learn so much from her television series. This wooden clock puzzle features moveable hands to indicate hours and minutes, as well as numbered shapes. Each shape is double-sided with hours/minutes.

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Peppa Pig Wood Puzzle Clock

$20.18
End Date: Sunday Feb-19-2017 14:34:00 PST
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Peppa Pig Wood Puzzle Clock

$19.40
End Date: Monday Feb-20-2017 16:19:47 PST
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Peppa Pig Wood Puzzle Clock Interactive Fine Motor Math Skills Languag Teaching

$25.05
End Date: Friday Feb-24-2017 2:09:55 PST
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8. T.S. Shure Chunky World Wildlife Wooden Chunky Puzzle

Ages: 3 and up

T.S. Shure Chunky World Wildlife Wooden Chunky Puzzle also makes it to the list of highly-rated puzzles for toddlers.

I love the Wildlife Puzzle because the animals are a cool combination of cartoony in color, but realistic in wild detail.

There are 7 animal puzzle pieces, from a cheetah, giraffe, gorilla, and hippo, to an elephant, lion, and zebra.

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9. Melissa & Doug Chunky Flower Garden

Ages: 2 and up

Melissa & Doug Chunky Flower Garden comes in at #9 on the list.

Chunky fun for springtime. This puzzle is a Flower Garden of 6 puzzle pieces, including a bushel of three flowers, a beautiful butterfly, fluttering bluebird, and bright-shining sun. The other details, like a ladybug, complete the lovely, breezy, warm picture.

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MELISSA AND DOUG CHUNKY SCENE-FLOWER GARDEN (HYA-207)

$13.00
End Date: Sunday Mar-5-2017 13:55:09 PST
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Melissa & Doug Wooden Chunky Flower Garden Jigsaw Puzzle MND3753

$20.97
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Melissa & Doug Wooden Chunky Flower Garden Jigsaw Puzzle Ages 2+ B43

$17.99
End Date: Wednesday Mar-15-2017 11:27:07 PDT
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Price: $16.14
You save: $8.85 (35 %)
22 new from $16.140 used

10. Melissa & Doug K’s Kids Stacking Blocks

Ages: 9 months and up

The final item on the list of the top ten puzzles for toddlers in 2016 is another from Melissa & Doug – K’s Kids Stacking Blocks.

Stacking blocks are a classic puzzle that begins with a big block on the bottom and ascends to a little block up top. There are 5 colorful cups and 4 shapes, each detailed with sea creatures, faces with quirky expressions, and colors. For storage, the cups fit into each other.

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Melissa and Doug K's Kids Stacking Blocks

$4.99 (0 Bids)
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K's Kids Stacking Blocks

$22.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-21-2017 2:21:21 PST
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Melissa & Doug K's Kids Stacking Blocks

$19.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-21-2017 16:14:49 PST
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 05/03/16.

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