Welcome back to Azy Reading Journey website, where our goal is to make learning fun. This is a review of the 2 best alphabet puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers.
I say best because we have used them and they have helped Azy to learn the letters of the alphabet. We are still using them for continuous learning and to test his knowledge.
I will be reviewing the Spark Create Imagine 2-in-1 Magnetic Alphabet & Puzzle and the Spark Create Imagine 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set, 26 Pieces.
You will learn how we used these puzzle sets to help teach Azy the letters of the alphabet. Using puzzles to help your child learn the letters of the alphabet can start them on an adventure of fun learning.
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If you have been following this blog, you would have been aware that I believe in starting to teach children when they are two years old. Azy is four years, and we started to teach him after he turned three. By that time, he had gotten accustomed to several toys. So, compared to when we started teaching his mother at two years, it took him much longer to settle down. You can read why I believe early childhood education is beneficial to all, here.
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Product: Spark Create Imagine 2-in-1 Magnetic Alphabet & Puzzle
Manufacturer Recommended Age: 24 months to 5 years
Package Dimensions: 11.26 x 11.22 x 0.43 inches
Item Weight: 1.2 pounds
Manufacturer: Spark Create Imagine
My Rating: 4.9 out of 5
Spark Create Imagine 2-in-1 Magnetic Alphabet & Puzzle Overview
The 2-in-1 Magnetic Alphabet & Puzzle set comes with 37 pieces. The package has a puzzle board, 26 magnetic letters and 10 magnetic numbers. The puzzle board is double sided; one side is the magnetic puzzle, and the other side is a chalkboard.
Puzzle pieces have bright colors, and the letters and numbers fit securely on the puzzle board. They stay in place even when Azy moves the board around.
Each letter magnet has upper- and lower-case letter with the image and name of an animal. The puzzle encourages letter recognition, counting, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
When using the 2-in-1 Magnetic Alphabet & Puzzle Azy showed more interest to learn the letters. While he is learning the alphabet; he is also learning to associate an animal with a letter. This made it more fun and interesting for him.
When we started using the 2-in-1 Magnetic Alphabet & Puzzle, Azy was already learning the alphabet. So, this product was added to help us use different methods of teaching him the letters.
We started out by handing him a letter to put in its corresponding spot on the puzzle board. He announces the letter (for example “A” is for Alligator), then puts it on the board. Pretty soon, we were playing the cup game.
Azy loves to play this game because it is very interactive. Sometimes, we take turn to close our eyes and take a letter out of the cup, announce it and put it on the board.
There were also times when I announced a letter incorrectly and put it in the incorrect spot. Azy would correct me and showed me where to put the letter. We continue to do this until he wants to stop. Sometimes, we go longer than 30 minutes playing this game.
Will Your Child Learn the Alphabet?
Based on how the 2-1 Magnetic Puzzle set helped Azy learned the letters, I believe that it can help your child learn the alphabet. When Azy was doing the activity with the puzzle set.
He was also watching Leapfrog DVDs. So, the puzzle set was helping him to get a better understanding of what he was learning on the DVDs. I wrote a review on the Leapfrog DVDs, you can read more about it here:
However, before we started to use the 2-1 Magnetic Puzzle set to teach Azy, we would allow him to use it so that he would become familiar. He would sit and put the puzzle pieces in place in silence, then he would not want to do anything else.
So, we started using it to do the lessons, and it helped him to more easily recognized the and identified the letter and image on the puzzle pieces.
In addition to doing the activity with the 2-1 Magnetic Matching puzzle set and watching the Leapfrog DVDs, Azy was using other materials. For example, if he forgot a letter, sometimes, he would use his LeapFrog Go-with-Me ABC Backpack to help him identify the letter.
Azy also used his VTech Touch and Learn Activity Deluxe Desk to help identification. I wrote a review on the backpack and the activity desk. You can read about the backpack here, and the activity desk here.
So, if you have other educational toys at home, you can use them along with the 2-1 Magnetic Matching puzzle set to add more fun to learning. Do you have alphabet letters on your refrigerator? You can use them on the puzzle board as a test to see how your child is doing with learning the alphabet.
Is Puzzle Good For Toddlers? – Yes
Puzzles are good for toddlers, because they encourage letter recognition, counting, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Along with helping a child with letters and numbers, puzzles can help them learn colors, shapes and so much more. I read an interesting article on “why puzzles are good for your child’s development.” Go here to read the article.
This puzzle set keeps Azy very engaged in learning the letters, and is one of the materials that helped him to settle down and focus more. Shortly after we started teaching him, he was losing interest and was not focusing.
It made us realized that we needed to try various activities to see which ones worked best for him. It also led us to putting some activities in place to help him focus. You can read more about the activities here.
There was a time, when Azy was only interested in doing activities that included the 2-in-1 Magnetic Alphabet & Puzzle. After doing the puzzle board activity, for an extended period of time, he would take a short break and came back.
It was very encouraging to see how using the puzzle set helped Azy to become more interested and willing to do the lessons. He still loves the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle, but he does not use it every day like he once did.
While your child might enjoy using the puzzle set alone, they will have more fun if you do the puzzle with them. Azy had fun when he used it by himself, but when we played the cup games, he had more fun, and spent more time doing the activities.Giving Azy the opportunity to choose the activity that he wanted to do produced positive results. It also made it easier to teach him.
In the video below, you will see Azy learning with the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle,
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A Great Interactive Toy
Overall, I believe that the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle is a great educational toy for learning and playtime. Not only can it be used in fun ways to help kids learn the upper and lower case and numbers. It can help to teach them colors, the name of animals, spelling and so much more.
Are you are thinking of buying educational toys for your child? I recommend that you consider adding this developmental toy to the list. This multi-use toy would be a great gift to give kids for any occasion.
This puzzle set helped Azy to recognized and identified letters. It also helped him to settle down and get more engaged in learning. As I mentioned before, he is still using it, and we will continue to use it in activities.
Azy loves when we use it to play games, and we have seen some great results from teaching letters and numbers using games. You can read more about using games to teach letters here.
My Rating of 4.9 out of 5 is because of the magnetic numbers. At the top of the post, I said that 10 magnetic numbers were included in the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle. The first time we helped Azy with numbers, he wanted to use the Puzzle set.
The drawback is, the puzzle board has the number in word, but it does not include the digit for the number. Therefore, we could not do a lot with it.
However, after we helped Azy count the number of images, we use regular magnetic numbers. We place them on top of the number puzzle pieces, or on the puzzle board.
Even though there was not much fun in learning the numbers at first, when we started to help Azy with counting, the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle helped him in a wonderful way.
We helped him to count the images each puzzle piece. After he counted the images, he puts a magnetic number on the corresponding puzzle piece on the board.
There are no reviews on Amazon for this product, but do not let that stop you from trying it. Give your child the opportunity to try this learning tool. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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Product: Spark Create Imagine 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set
Manufacturer Recommended Age: 24 months to 5 years
Package Dimensions: 11.61 x 0.71 x 11.61 inches
Item Weight: 1.67 pounds
Manufacturer: Spark Create Imagine
My Rating: 4.8 out of 5
Spark Create Imagine 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set, 26 Pieces Overview
The 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set can help to teach your child the alphabet in a fun way. It is another one of Azy’s favorite learning toy that has helped him to learn the alphabet.
This puzzle set is all wood, the letters are made of very thick wood and they are not magnetic. Package includes a puzzle board and 26 letters that are brightly painted in brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
The puzzle is a great learning and interactive toy for developing fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. The letters are much larger than the magnetic letters that we are using.
A very sturdy puzzle set that should last a long time, even while enduring frequents drops and rough play. Azy often have fun putting letters in the incorrect slot and dropping some of them.
Wooden alphabet letters can stand upright, so this can add some fun when it is time for kids start learning to spell words. We love this puzzle set, because we have seen how it made it easier for Azy to learn letters.
It also helped him to practice how the put the letters in alphabetical order.
Azy have fun when he uses this puzzle set. He loves putting the letters in the correct slot on the board. Like the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle, for a while, the 3D Wood alphabet puzzle board was Azy’s favorite toy to do the letter activities. He kept going back for this one. When he uses it, he announces a letter, say what it is for (example, “A” is for apple), then he puts it in the correct slot.
Wooden Alphabet Puzzle – Upper Case
Spark Create Imagine 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set has only upper-case letters. Very basic, and a great puzzle for children to learn upper case letters. The bright colors will attract kids’ attention, so it could be used to learn colors.
Parent and child will have fun interacting, while fitting the 26 upper-case letters on the wooden puzzle board. Unlike the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle, this easy to use 3-D puzzle board is clean.
There is no image, color or written letter in the letter slots. I believe that this can be helpful in getting kids to concentrate on placing each letter in the correct slot.
If your child has the tendency to get bored while learning the alphabet, a wooden alphabet puzzle might help them settle down. It definitely helped Azy.
Azy is doing much better with learning colors, and the puzzle sets played a big part in that. We play games when using this puzzle set, because Azy loves it and is more willing to participate in the activities.
He always wants play the games more than once. After he has placed all the letters in the correct slot on the board, he usually asked me to take a picture of the board.
While Azy is placing the letters on the boards, we continue to work on colors. So, sometimes I ask him to say the color of the letter before he puts it in the slot.
He continues to show improvement and is more involved when we play games that include the puzzle sets. Azy has also been doing better with settling down and focusing.
Another Great Interactive Toy
Overall, I believe that this educational toy is an excellent choice for early learning for toddlers and preschoolers. The size of the letters is neither too big or too small, they are a good enough size that toddlers and preschooler can handle without difficulty.
Kids will enjoy learning the alphabet while playing with the wooden letter puzzle. Playing puzzle games with Azy, added more fun to the learning activities. In addition, they helped him with concentration and focusing, as well as letter recognition and identification.
Games are sometimes used to challenge Azy and test his knowledge to see what he remembers. When using the Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set, kids can learn while they are playing.
I wrote a post about how using alphabet letters games can help preschoolers, and there is a video of Azy using the 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set. You can read more about it here. You can use the 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set to reinforce letter recognition and identification and test your child’s knowledge.
For example, after the child have completed puzzle board, you could give the child a magnetic letter and ask them to find it on the puzzle board. When they locate the letter on the board, they could place the magnetic letter on top.
My Rating of 4.8 out of 5 is because I believe that the puzzle board should have the letter written in each slot. This would make it easier for kids, who are not yet familiar with the letters, to identify them.
They could have fun with matching the puzzle letter with the written letter on the board. Since there is no letter or image on the puzzle board, a child who is just learning the alphabet will have a hard time finding the correct slot for each letter. However, if you choose to buy this puzzle set, this issue can be fixed by writing the letter in each slot.
When Azy just started using the 3D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set, he had difficulty placing some of the letters (especially the letter “Q”) in the slot. I also had a problem doing so as well. When this happened, we turn the letter over or around until it fits in the slot.
The letter slots are not very deep, so the letters can fall out easily, and it can frustrate a child who had spent time putting the letters on the board.
This particular 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set is not available on Amazon. However, there are many other alphabet puzzles to choose from. You can also get puzzle board sets that have both letter and number puzzle.
Even though the product is not on Amazon, I believe that it is an educational toy that you should consider if you are looking for some fun learning activities to help your child learn the alphabet.
That’s All For Now
Thank you for taking the time to read my review on the Spark Create Imagine 2-in-1 Magnetic Alphabet & Puzzle and the Spark Create Imagine 3-D Wood Alphabet Puzzle Set, 26 Pieces.
You have heard of the various ways in which we use them, and how they helped and are still helping Azy.
Hope that I have provided more than enough information that can help you to decide if these products will help your child. I believe that they will.
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I would love to hear from you, is your child using any of these puzzle set? What do you think about the them?
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Hello, my name is Jackie. My family members and I are teaching my grandson Azy to read and I am writing about the challenges and the joy that comes from doing so. My goal is to write articles that will encourage and help parents and others who want to do the same for their kids or other children. Thanks for travelling along with us. Blessings, Jackie
10 thoughts on “2 Best Alphabet Puzzles For Toddlers and Preschoolers”
Hello there, thanks for sharing this beautiful content here with us. I must confess, l really did enjoyed going through your article as it contains information one can hold on to. I have been looking for these kind of puzzle to get for my kids, thanks for sharing this, l now know which of these l will be getting
It is nice to hear that you enjoyed reading the review, and found the information helpful. I believe that these puzzle sets will help your kids. Be sure to spend some time helping them learn.
Heloo there, a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful and interesting post on 2 best alphabet puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers.
This is really interesting, I would rather call this an eye opener. I never really knew puzzles could be this useful and educational to our kids. Anyways, I think I am going to get some for our last sibling, he really needs something like this. Thanks
Glad to hear that you saw the review as an eye opener. Like you, I did not know that puzzle sets would put so much fun into teaching a toddler. When we bought them, we just wanted to try something new to help Azy learn the alphabet in different ways.
We were surprised to see how much he loved using them, and how they helped him learn not only letters, and counting, but names of animals and color as well.
I believe they can help other kids as well. They will even have more fun learning, when their parents or others play games with them.
All the best
Such an amazing review, you’ve got here all the best alphabet puzzle for toddlers… I must say you did an awesome review in sharing these intriguing toys for kids. They will go a long way to keep them busy and happy. Thanks a lot for sharing I look forward to sharing it on my blog.
Yes, alphabet puzzle will definitely keep toddlers busy and happy. They helped Azy to have fun while learning.
Thanks for offering to share the review.
I have enjoyed this period staying at home playing and homeschooling my kids. I have crafted several educational games for them. And we have had a good time using them.
I really like this idea of using an alphabet puzzle. I know the colors will call the attention of my 4 year old son. Thanks for this suggestion.
I am very happy to hear that you are enjoying playing and homeschooling your kids. Since school have closed, I know that a lot of parents are have a difficulty with teaching their kids.
It is great when you can create something that can teach kids in a fun way. I believe that children learn best when they are having fun.
Yes, the alphabet puzzle helped Azy to learn colors, and I believe that it will help other kids too.
Continue to enjoy your kids.
All the best
I had a very similar alphabet puzzle for my girls when they were young! It was a great learning tool and they loved it! I really liked seeing the magnetic alphabet and number board that you wrote about.
My kids would have loved that one! I watched the video on your Facebook page of your grandson playing with this toy! It is clear he is loving learning. He’s playing to learn which is awesome.
Both learning toys are great and if my kids were still little I’d be buying both of these items!
It is nice to hear that you are familiar with alphabet puzzle and your kids used them when they were young. I believe that alphabet puzzles are fun learning toys that any child would love. Based on my experience with Azy using them, I believe that children could learn so much more than letters and numbers.
Thank you for visiting our Facebook page and watching the video. Azy loves to play, so we aim to do activities that help him learn while he is playing. Thank you.