Kids with Down syndrome can have difficulty with fine motor skills, so games and puzzles with just a few large pieces to work with are often a hit.
Here's the TOP 10 favorite puzzles for children with Down syndrome ages 2 and older that help develop fine motor skills and encourage hand-eye coordination and visual perception skills.
1 - Basic Skills Board (Click HERE to purchase)
This wooden bear is always smiling, but he’s happiest when fully dressed! Getting dressed won’t be such a puzzle once zipping, buckling, snapping, lacing and tying, and other dressing skills are mastered. Each skill is contained on a separate, wooden puzzle piece for easy practice. Develop fine motor and life skills with this great activity.
2 - First Shapes Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle (Click HERE to purchase)
This extra-thick wooden puzzle features a charming cottage with five big puzzle pieces. Jumbo wooden knobs are easy for little hands to grasp and lift, revealing full-color matching pictures underneath each piece! A great activity to encourage hand-eye coordination and visual perception skills.
3 - Farm Wooden Cube Puzzle (Click HERE to purchase)
Six puzzles in one! There are 16 solid wooden cubes in this unique puzzle. Rotate the cubes in the included wooden tray to complete colorful pictures of six different farm animals.
4 - Latches and Locks (Click HERE to purchase)
Undo a lock or latch, swing open the numbered door and count on finding fun when the picture beneath is revealed on this wooden play board and educational toy! Build fine motor skills while learning colors, numbers, animals and more!
5 - Musical Instruments Sound Puzzle (Click HERE to purchase)
Hear “Old MacDonald” played on eight instruments when pieces are placed correctly in the puzzle board! Eight instrument sounds in all. Under each piece discover the correct spelling of the instrument as you sing along.
6 - Safari Wooden Chunky Puzzle (Click HERE to purchase)
African animal favorites are featured on this extra-thick wooden puzzle. Eight easy-grasp, chunky wild-animal pieces have a full-color matching pictures underneath. The animal pieces stand upright for pretend play. Encourages hand-eye, fine motor and creative expression skills.
7 - Shape Sorting Clock (Click HERE to purchase)
This preschool-friendly clock features color-coded minute and hour hands that spin around with a simple push . . . but no matter where they point, it's always time for learning and fun! Kids can match the colors, sort the shapes, and solve the puzzle as they manipulate the color blocks and turn the hands, building cognitive and motor skills all the while. Extension activities printed right on the box encourage parent-and-child play, helping children begin to master early-learning concepts as they gain familiarity with the form of a clock and concepts of time.
8 - Shapes Wooden Chunky Puzzle (Click HERE to purchase)
Eight familiar shapes are featured in this extra-thick wooden puzzle with easy-grasp, chunky pieces. Each piece has a matching picture underneath and the shape name is printed on the puzzle board. Encourages hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and visual perception skills.
9 - Hide and Seek Farm Wooden Activity Board
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This exciting wooden activity board features nine hinged doors. When opened, a colorful magnetic piece is revealed. Move the pieces behind different doors for guessing fun!
10 - Wooden Peg Puzzles Set (Click HERE to purchase)
These sturdy wooden puzzles, each with 6 easy-grasp pegged pieces, are illustrated in themes that are sure to delight any child: charming pets, sea creatures, and farm animals. As they place the pieces over the matching pictures on the puzzle board, children will develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor and problem-solving skills.