Playing with puzzles has many benefits for young kids. They help develop cognitive skills (matching, problem-solving), social-emotional skills (patience, persistence), and motor skills (manipulating the pieces to fit into the correct space). Inset puzzles (on the right/top) are an incredibly popular toy, available at almost every children’s store and pharmacy, and come in many varieties from shapes to farm animals, to vehicles, you name it. But what happens when children outgrow these puzzles but are not yet ready for interlocking jigsaw ones, that typically start at a minimum of 12 pieces? From my experience finding the right puzzles for that in-between time can be tricky, so I’ve put together a list of puzzles that might save you the search. Hope you enjoy it!