Letters for Learners
- What: Infantino When I Grow Up Alphabet Puzzle
- When: Two to six years
- Why: Practice the alphabet, learn about jobs
- Where: Amazon
Need an indoor activity for those cold days when you’ve run out of ideas? Snow days driving any other parents crazy with the sudden extra hours of unplanned time? Invest in this puzzle from Infantino featuring 26 different jobs any kid can grow up to enjoy.
This puzzle features an unusual circular layout. The center sports a roundabout, then a ring of puzzle pieces with buildings and roads surround it. The final ring shows the 26 different letters of the alphabet, each with a job that starts with that letter and a person in the appropriate attire and accessories for that job.
The puzzle works well for younger kids, because the large pieces handle easily and the bright colors appeal to kids. Each piece has only one hole to try and fit, and the letters and pictures help kids tell which end of the piece goes up, making it even easier to line up pieces and try them out. Touching each letter while they sing the alphabet song helps them learn their letters and connect the song to the alphabet.
Older kids can race to see how fast they can assemble the entire thing, or try their hand at helping younger kids find the right pieces. The people in the puzzle have a variety of different skin tones, and the jobs don’t always fall along predictable gender lines, either. Kids can spot a female doctor and male nurse, among others.
Need more alphabet practice for little ones? Check out these blocks from Uncle Goose in many different languages.