Kids’ Puzzle Games

Kids’ puzzle games are designed for learning and problem-solving by using primary pattern recognition, sequence solving, and logic. An effective medium of early childhood education, these games help kids in developing their reading, writing, problem-solving and coordinating skills. Puzzle games with pictures can be helpful in teaching kids to recognize colors and letters and games involving insertion of pieces help kids develop the muscles used for writing.

Kids can either play these games individually or with help of adults or other kids. Proper care should be taken in choosing kids’ puzzle games suitable for their abilities and ages. Toddlers are comfortable with three- to four-piece wooden puzzles, whereas two-year olds enjoy piece-fitting puzzles. The number of pieces in puzzles keeps increasing with age, while the size of the pieces are typically larger for younger kids. School-age kids can work on complex fifty- to one-hundred-piece games. Kids’ puzzle games may include nursery rhymes or scenes from storybooks. These puzzles can also be used for formal learning, as they provide a useful means to the teachers to assess a child’s development in terms of speech, movement, and concentration. Damaged puzzles or puzzles with missing pieces should be weeded out as they invariably frustrate the child.

Kids’ puzzle games can also be created at home by mounting pictures on cardboard and cutting them into large pieces. Kids can use scissors to cut pictures from magazines and devise their own puzzle games.

Some of the popular kids’ puzzle games are alphabet and number puzzles, world map puzzles, travel floor puzzles, ba

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Play Puzzle Games Online With These Top 5 Games

When most go to play puzzle games online, they think of the basics – crossword puzzles, Sudoku and Tetris. I would like to expand your mindset a bit by introducing games that may slightly go beyond this realm into the strategy / puzzle category. Be assured, if you like basic puzzle/strategy games, you will love these suggestions that have taken my time and heart over the past year. As I continue to play puzzle games online, I will be sure to share with you my findings.

#5: Zuma Deluxe
The first of two PopCap classics I will recommend for you if you play puzzle games online. Some even call this one the most addictive game of all time (warning to those of you trying to stay focused on work). What makes Zuma Deluxe so addictive is the multiple modes it has and the various levels you can reach. Also, it is very kid friendly.

#4: Super Text Twist
“YES!” Is what I said when I finally found Super Text Twist online. From the famous Text Twist series of games, this one takes the cake as my Text Twist favorite for those who play puzzle games online. Fairly similar to Scrabble, this game is a word game that can be either easy or complex based on your needs. Its tracking of high scores will keep you coming back for more.

#3: The Fifth Gate
Absolutely one of the most addictive games for those looking to play puzzle games online. This game tests your time management ability like no other. Beautifully drawn, this game will whisk you away into a fantasy land as you harvest flowers and create magical potions to win your freedom. I would highly recommend this treat of a game for any puzzle/strategy game lover.

#2: Plants vs. Zombies
If you like to play puzzle games online, you must give Plants vs. Zombies a try. Created by PopCap games, Plants vs. Zombies has been voted the best game of the year throughout various publications. While not a traditional puzzle game, the cutesy graphics combined with zany story leave you playing for more. I’ve been playing games off and on for the past 20 years, and this game ranks up there as one of my top 5 puzzle / strategy games of all time.

#1: Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
Bejeweled 1 was a classic for all puzzle/strategy game lovers. In the same vain as Tetris, this game can and will keep you up all night with its addictive play and need for more. For the few of you unfamiliar with the Bejeweled series, you are tasked to match gems to create points. Simple enough for a child, this game takes children and adults for a ride of fun. Bejeweled 2 is a slight upgrade from the first game due to its additional levels and slightly improved graphics.

I currently play puzzle games online for about 3-6 hours each day and hope you enjoyed my advice.

Mike obsesses over puzzle/strategy games so much that he even got fired for playing puzzle games online at work. His obsession has turned into a resource website where he teaches you where to go

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