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12 Best Wooden Puzzles for Toddlers

Updated 28 July 2020

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Wooden puzzles can support the development of a toddler‘s problem-solving skills and develop their hand-eye coordination, all while they‘re having hours of fun. This is why we believe that puzzles make the perfect gift to keep those tiny hands and developing minds occupied. 

To help you choose the right gift, we have compiled a list of the 12 best wooden puzzles for toddlers. All of the toys here are designed for boys and girls and most of them are compact enough to travel with. Each one is highly recommended by real parents, as we were careful to leave out any toys with phony reviews.

1Clamp Bee to Hive Matching Game - Best Budget Option

This is not a traditional puzzle. It has colorful bee characters that are made from wood and a pair of tongs that kids use to place the bees in the honeycomb that matches the bee’s color. The puzzle is made to help with hand-eye coordination.

What we love

  • Puzzle base and bees are made from high-quality wood materials
  • Painted with a non-toxic paint that is safe for kids

We dont like this as much

  • The bees could be a little bigger

2LEO & FRIENDS Activity Cube - Best Quality Option

This cube is made out of high-quality wood, and each side is designed to provide different activities that are meant to help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The top piece comes off, which allows kids to store the loose pieces on the inside of the cube.

What we love

  • Has a clock on one side to help toddlers learn how to tell time
  • Viable for boys and girls

We dont like this as much

  • The bead maze top has to slide off, which can make traveling a bit difficult

3Busy Board - Best Eco-Friendly Option

This is one of the best wooden puzzles for toddlers because it provides various developmental activities to help engage their expanding minds. It has latches that help with fine motor skills, and it can help them learn numbers that are placed all over the board.

What we love

  • Comes with 9 different developmental activities
  • Made from eco-friendly materials

We dont like this as much

  • Weighs 3 pounds, which can be difficult for young toddlers to move

4Melissa & Doug Vehicles Wooden Peg Puzzle

This wooden puzzle is designed with peg pieces that are shaped and illustrated like different types of vehicles. The small peg on the front of each vehicle makes it easy to grasp with smaller hands, and the puzzle is made from high-quality wood that is designed with non-toxic paint.

What we love

  • Puzzle pieces and puzzle base are both beautifully illustrated
  • Features vehicles from the air and ground

We dont like this as much

  • Puzzle is part of a series, but others are sold separately

5Aitey Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

This is one of the best wooden puzzles for toddlers because each puzzle piece coincides with the picture on the puzzle base, which makes it easier to for toddlers to learn how to complete jigsaw puzzles.

What we love

  • Made from high-quality non-toxic wood
  • Has beautiful illustrations

We dont like this as much

  • Pieces are a bit smaller than most toddler puzzle pieces

6Melissa & Doug Disney Mickey Mouse Wooden Shape Sorting Clock

This puzzle depicts the Disney character Mickey Mouse and it is designed to help kids learn their numbers and how to tell time. It features different shapes for the number pieces that must be placed around the clock for even more cognitive training.

What we love

  • This circular clock puzzle is made from high-quality wood
  • Has a well-illustrated picture of Mickey Mouse using his arms as clock hands

We dont like this as much

  • The minute numbers could be a tad larger

7TOP BRIGHT Wooden Shape Sorter

This is not your traditional puzzle. Designed to look like a cement truck, this puzzle is more of a toy as toddlers fit three-dimensional shapes into the “cement” barrel” via their respective slots. Made from high-quality wood and other materials, this toy truck can be played with to expand imagination while also allowing toddlers to work on their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination by matching the shapes.

What we love

  • Painted with non-toxic paint
  • Puzzle also doubles as a functioning toy truck

We dont like this as much

  • The pull string on the front of the truck could be longer

8WOOD CITY Alphabet & Number Puzzles

This puzzle set comes with a total of four different puzzles that focus on different learning activities. They are designed to help with developmental skills and learning things like alphabet and numbers.

What we love

  • Each puzzle has its own theme
  • Puzzle pieces are beautifully illustrated

We dont like this as much

  • It could include some sort of carrying bag to make it easier to store

9GEMEM Shape Sorter

This shape sorter puzzle is designed in a cool cube form, where little ones can sort basic shapes by pushing them through their corresponding holes. With a perfectly sizable hole on top pf the cube, toddlers can reach in and grab their shapes and start all over again.

What we love

  • Includes 12 different thick wooden shapes
  • Shapes are brightly colored

We dont like this as much

  • Cube could be painted

10Rainbow Unicorn Castle Set

This jigsaw puzzle set comes with four different puzzles and a canvas bag for storing them. Each puzzle displays a different castle fantasy scene, like rainbows, unicorns, and fairies.

What we love

  • Painted with paint capable of being washed
  • Set includes a wooden magic wand

We dont like this as much

  • Multiple washes can make paint fade

11Dinosaur Puzzle 3D Wood Jigsaw

This is a 3D puzzle that is made up of different dinosaur pieces designed to fit together in a thick jigsaw puzzle bored. The pieces are made from a thick wood, which means little ones can play pretend with them outside of the board as well.

What we love

  • Each dinosaur is beautifully illustrated
  • Includes 11 different dinosaurs

We dont like this as much

  • Could use some sort of container bag for easy travel

12Professor Poplar’s Wooden Numbers

This beautifully illustrated puzzle is designed to help kids learn their numbers up to 20. The board and the pieces are made from high-quality wood, and the pieces are painted with non-toxic paint.

What we love

  • Each number is colored in a different whimsical design
  • Designed to help with sensory learning

We dont like this as much

  • The number pieces could be a little thicker