Perfect Puzzles for the Family to Enjoy This Holiday Season

Puzzles are a great way to spend that quiet, still time between Christmas and the New Year.

It helps bring everyone together for memorable and quality family time, while building on family teamwork.

No matter the age of the parents or kids, puzzles are literally a connecting piece to enjoy around the holidays. 

Here are some fun puzzles for the family to enjoy between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Enjoy the quality time the holidays bring by introducing a family jigsaw puzzle tradition. Find a list and assortment of great puzzles for the family here!

Holiday Family Puzzle tradition for kids of all ages

An easy way to make sure that the time is spent less on screens and more with hot cocoa and conversations is to put a puzzle in front of everyone. It’s a holiday tradition that any family can enjoy, even those with little kids and can be continued with teens and grown children.

Simply wrap up a puzzle that everyone opens up on the 26th and enjoy putting it together all day or throughout that down time before the New Year begins!

Puzzles for the family to enjoy this holiday season

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Sometimes it is hard to judge a good puzzle; you have to decide if it’s going to be one that’s challenging enough that it worth it, not so challenging it never gets finished, and simply one that will be enjoyable. Especially with younger kids around, it feels like there always has to be a happy medium in choosing a good puzzle for the family.

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Enjoy the quality time the holidays bring by introducing a family jigsaw puzzle tradition. Find a list and assortment of great puzzles for the family here!

Ceaco Puzzles by Jane Wooster Scott

Many of the scenes come in your option of size meaning that each age group in the family could actually work on the same puzzle but independently or in small groups and it could actually be a competition to see which team wins. So if you have a wide age range like kids ages 3-18, pick out a three hundred piece puzzle for the 3-8 year olds to team up on and the same design in a thousand pieces for the 9-18 years olds to work on.

The other thing to note about these puzzles is that they are very thoughtfully drawn. Most typically, there will be similar patterns or people in different parts of the puzzle that aren’t the same, but forces kids to have a discriminating eye. Like a woman wearing a yellow dress with brown polka dots versus a picnic blanket on the other side of the puzzle board that’s yellow with red dots.

Even the boxes typically are thoughtfully made with the picture on the back being high enough to fit above the box lid so it can be propped up without hiding the whole puzzle picture.

Find an assortment of these puzzles here:

A Picture Perfect Day

Circus Pandemonium

Waterfront Artistry

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Enjoy the quality time the holidays bring by introducing a family jigsaw puzzle tradition. Find a list and assortment of great puzzles for the family here!

Family puzzles with multiple piece sizes

One of the best ways to incorporate puzzles into the family routine or to do as you cozy up during the holidays are multi-size puzzle piece puzzles. They’re most typically called “family puzzles” and come with pieces in three different sizes so that they can be divvied up by age and let every complete the same puzzle together on their own skill and development level.

A few examples of recommended family puzzles:

Wild Savanna by Springbok Puzzles

Disney Christmas family puzzle by Ceaco

Frosty Friend by Cobble Hill Puzzles

A few notes about family puzzles. Many times they come in four hundred piece sets, but this can vary. Sometimes companies like Cobble Hill call them “multi” puzzles and sometimes there are only 2 sizes instead of three.

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Get the family excited with a unique jigsaw puzzle

Especially as kids get older, finding a unique puzzle for the family is a way to get everyone more excited about completing it together. Choosing a glow in the dark puzzle and doing it under a blacklight or finding a really unique 3D puzzle based on what the kids are currently learning are just a few unique puzzle ideas.

Check out these cool puzzle options:

Unicorns by MasterPieces Glow in the Dark Hidden Images Puzzles.

St. Basil’s Cathedral by CubicFun

Disney Castle by Ravensburger

Wooden Mechanical Locomotive by Robotime 3D

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Enjoy the quality time the holidays bring by introducing a family jigsaw puzzle tradition. Find a list and assortment of great puzzles for the family here!

Choose a puzzle based on your goals or dreams for the coming year

It can be big trip your family is taking visiting all the states, some place with a notable destination, or something else. In general there are so many types of puzzles, find one that fits with that theme! Not only will it be quality time spent together, but also something to get your family dreaming together.


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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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