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Gift Guide: Clever Portable Puzzles for Every Age Kid

Gift Guide: Clever Portable Puzzles for Every Age Kid

Few things absorb a child’s total attention like a good puzzle. So you’d like to bring them with you in the car or on the plane. But all those pieces—egad!

Well, here is a roundup of puzzles that travel well. Some are great for in-transit; others offer some versatility that will keep kids entertained at your destination.

Plus, there are travel puzzles here for almost every age from tot to tween.

13 Puzzles That Travel For Every Age Kid

Tiny Puzzles for Teens

3 tiny puzzles

When I say these are tiny puzzles, I mean they are tiny puzzles. The three six-by-four-inch jigsaws have 150 pieces each.

So they’re a challenge. They also very portable and small enough to do on an airplane tray table (on a long flight). Have your teen pop one or two into their backpack on your next ski or beach getaway.

Brain Teasers For Tweens

Education Insights makes Kanoodle and SmartGames has its IQ series. Both are brain teasers that come in their own case.

Try to fit the connected pieces into their base in particular patterns. A booklet with progressively harder problems comes with the set.

Ages: Older School-age kids and tweens.

SmartGames also makes a series of brain-teaser games that are meant to use the same problem-solving skills as coding.

The most compact and portable ones are Asteroid Escape, where you must plot a path for a space ship through an asteroid belt, and Atlantis Escape, where you must find a way out of that sinking city.

Ages: School-age kids.

Fun Puzzles for Toddlers to Preschoolers

Purplecow puss puzzle

The Purple Cow has Fairy Tale puzzles with 35 to 60 pieces that come in a compact, travel-friendly tin.

If the company made them magnetic like their games, and included a foldable magnetic pad, these would be the most perfect travel puzzles ever.

Now, their compact tins make them handy to throw in a suitcase for that rainy beach day.

Age: toddler to preschool

Mudpuppy does make magnetic jigsaw puzzles. Each kit comes with two 20-piece puzzles and a magnetic mat on which to assemble them. They come in day and night forest, cats and dogs and unicorns.

Age: Toddler to preschool

Mudpuppy magnet puzzle
Mudpuppy pouch puzzle

Mudpuppy also has 36-piece jigsaws that come in made-for-travel pouches. In addition to favorite books, the puzzles have llamas, airplanes and animals of the world, among other themes.

Age: Preschool

Readers like magnetic puzzles for 3 to 5YOs rom BST Shier. Each set has two puzzles that folds up to book-size and slips easily into their backpack or your carry-on. Perfect for travel.

Choose from seven themes including dinosaurs, mermaid and several animals, as well as space..

Bst magnetic puzzle

Puzzle Blocks For Your Tot

Block puzzles are handy to take along for toddlers. They fit fairly easily into a diaper bag or tote. They have six different pictures to complete. And babies can play with them as regular blocks.

MudPuppy’s block puzzles are big enough for small hands, but not too heavy to tote around and it’s hard to resist its Little Prince and Eric Carle themes as well nicely drawn animals and fairies.

Crocodile Creek’s three block puzzles come in Faces, Build a House and Zoo themes. They are slightly larger than some of the others, but still totable, I think, and probably the best for building.

Ravensburger has six-piece and 12-piece cube puzzles in animal, horse and vehicle themes. The six piece has cheerful art and they all come in their own carry case—very neat.

Age: baby to toddler

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