We always have lots of puzzles in our home. They are fantastic for children of all ages. They help to promote hand-eye coordination, visual perception, build concentration and they can also help the child to learn more about their environment. If you are looking for some new puzzles how about an apple or fruit puzzle? Many of these are suitable for young toddlers through to preschoolers!
1. Apple Jigsaw - Lisheen Montessori (Ireland) - designed for students with special needs but perfect for a young toddler.
2. Wooden Apple Peg Puzzle - Bella Luna Toys (US) - perhaps more Waldorf than Montessori, but beautiful and possibly suitable for a Montessori home.
3. Apple Tree Puzzle - Manine Montessori (EU) - this whole series is lovely, perhaps for the nature table?
4. Apple to Seed Puzzle - Alison's Montessori (US).
5. Apple Puzzle - Beginning Montessori (Canada) - this is perfect for teaching parts of an apple and is one of our all-time favourites.
6. Wooden Apple and Control Cards at E&O Montessori (US and Canada).
7. Apple Sequence Puzzle - Modern Teaching Aids (Australia) - we have this one too and it's good for large/small activities and sequencing.
If you love apples you might also enjoy my post on Montessori Apple Activities to Love! What about some fruit puzzles? I love all of these!
9. Large Knob Fruit Puzzle - Wood Puzzles (Australia).
10. Fruits - Large with Big Knob - Kids Montessori World (India) - I love the addition of the guava, melon and cherries.
12. Large Knob Fruit Puzzle - Amazon (US), Australia here, UK here - the Edushape brand has lots of these lovely, realistic image type puzzles. Perfect for the Montessori classroom, how about animals or garden tools?
13. Three Fruit Peg Puzzles - Absorbent Minds (UK) - the variety here is good, melon, pineapple, kiwi fruit and more, underneath the puzzle piece there is a picture of inside the fruit!
14. Fruit Fractions Puzzle - Modern Teaching Aids (Australia).
Fruit puzzles can be used as a language material (naming the fruits), reinforce good eating habits and they can be a cultural activity too. I've listed the sources that I know about, if you love a puzzle, look around, you may be able to find one close to you.