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Fine Motor Skills
Inset puzzles are puzzles that have a carved out space for each piece. These are usually the first puzzles young children will like to play with. Inset puzzles take less hand eye coordination and precision than other types of puzzles making them the best place to start for beginners.
A knobbed puzzle is a type of inset puzzle that has a wooden knob on each puzzle piece. The knob requires more small movements from little hands but can greatly benefit the development of fine motor skills. These are a great idea once your child gets the basic idea of a puzzle down.
Very similar to knobbed puzzles, peg puzzles have a small plastic peg on each piece. The pegs are usually smaller than the knobs and require more fine motor control.
Simple jigsaw puzzles are the next step up after inset puzzles. Each of the jigsaw pieces is different and requires a higher level of problem-solving skills to place correctly. These are best for a little bit older children.
Floor puzzles are a type of simple jigsaw puzzle on a large scale. Because of the size of the puzzle, these help with both fine and gross motor skills. The large puzzles offer variety and a new way to look at puzzles.