Working on a puzzle is at once entertaining, meditative, and group-friendly. Puzzles can provide a nice point of focus whether you’re relaxing alone or spending time with loved ones. You can actively assemble a puzzle while maintaining spirited conversation or listening to music or podcasts. Puzzles are also designed to suit different interests. Whatever you’re into—there’s a puzzle for you. Here are some of our favorites currently available for kids and adults.
Feels like a classic. Amazon
The pieces that make up this London bus puzzle fit together so snugly, they make a ‘click’ sound when attached correctly. Ravensburger is a well trusted brand that has been making puzzles for more than a century, and that expertise shows with this 3D take on a classic jigsaw. It has 216 pieces, so it’s challenging enough, but won’t drive your kids to frustration.
Live out your engineer fantasies. Amazon
This robot’s name is Orpheus, and if you build it correctly, it will sing, move around, and light up. The pieces are made of laser-cut wood, and they fit together around an LED with an on/off switch. This is a 221-piece puzzle that may astound both kids and adults. The finished robot sings an emotive tune called “Cycle of Happiness,” which you can make it sing via hand crank. As it sings, its gears and body revolve in a mesmerizing rhythm.
Pieces fit together in more than one way. Amazon
Here’s another imaginative puzzle from the pros at Ravensburger. This one is unique in that the pieces fit together in multiple ways, giving you clues to solve a mystery. But who will solve it first? This narrative element adds some fun, friendly competition to the assembly process. This jigsaw is tougher than the average option with 759 pieces and is best suited for puzzlers 12 and older.
A GOT castle of your own. Amazon
This monstrous 910-piece 3D puzzle is sturdier than most in that the pieces are partially made of foam. This allows them to fit snugly together, ensuring that your castle will stand strong. For ages 14 and up, this would make a great gift for any Game of Thrones fanatic up for a challenge.
Practice some at-home wizardry putting this one together. Amazon
This stunning puzzle from WREBBIT boasts 850 foam-backed pieces that fit together to bring magic to life. Assembling this Hogwarts Great Hall is no easy feat, but if you throw on a Harry Potter audiobook and dig in as a family, the results will be satisfying. This is best for Harry Potter fans 14 and up.