To help those entering the world of puzzles with their first puzzle, we have selected a wide variety of puzzles that are perfect for beginners. Before selecting a puzzle to buy it is important to choose the right puzzle for you - having a good understanding of your skill level and your experience with puzzles can be very helpful for finding the right puzzle for you. Your perfect puzzle should be challenging and at the same time fun and enjoyable. I hope that this list of our best beginner puzzles for adults will be useful to those who looking for their first puzzle.
Whale Puzzle - The Blue Humpback Whale Puzzle is a great puzzle activity for adults and kids. Each puzzle piece has its own unique shape, which makes solving it more fun. The concept is simple, the design is gorgeously crafted, and it makes a standout gift for animal lovers and whale lovers. The goal of this jigsaw puzzle is to make the Blue Humpback Whale using all the 255 puzzle pieces. The correct solution allows all unique shapes to fit smoothly into each other once you have found the proper configuration.
Fox Puzzle - The Fox jigsaw puzzle is ideal for adults and children. The puzzle features 263-piece of unique mini animal shapes that fit together to form a colorful fox. The puzzle pieces are laser-cut from a premium 0.2" thick birch plywood and include a semi-gloss coating on the top image surface. Once you solve the puzzle you can hang it on the wall.
Brain Teaser Puzzles
2 Pyramids In a Box - The 2 Pyramids In a Box brain teaser is deceptively simple in appearance and concept - right up until you actually get started! The object, which is made obvious from the name, is to fit all four pieces into the small wooden box so that the lid is able to fit comfortably over the top. A simpler challenge to start with is to try forming a pyramid from two identical pieces, a tetrahedron shape to be more specific (meaning the base has three points). Each set of two pieces can form a pyramid, meaning there are two pyramids total that must be rearranged to fit inside the box.
Secret Puzzle Box - The most frustrating part of this puzzle is that it requires only one step to open. Puzzlers are bound to underestimate this puzzle, and some will be left dumbfounded thinking there is no possible way to reach the center. Revealing the final, astounding secret requires cunning and dexterity, but it’s worth it to reach the treasure inside. After you’ve solved the puzzle, hide whatever your heart desires inside to keep it away from prying eyes.
Soma Puzzle - The object of the Soma Cube is to form different 3D shapes using all 7 pieces of the cube each time. Our Soma Cube Set comes with 50 challenge cards and 7 uniquely shaped, wooden pieces. The entire set is stored in a neat little box with a lid for safekeeping. To play, choose a challenge card from the deck and try to recreate the shape on the card using all 7 pieces from your cube. Need help? Don’t stress, the solution is on the back of each card.
Red Stone Puzzle - The Red Stone Assembly Puzzle comes with 8 wooden pieces inside an elegant wooden box, as well as a red, wooden rectangle (the red stone) nestled on the top cover. At first glance, it looks as if there is no way to add this additional red rectangle piece into the box with the other pieces inside, but that is exactly what must be done. Can you rearrange all 8 puzzle pieces, including the red stone, to fit inside the box?
3-Piece Burr Puzzle - This beautifully crafted 3-Piece Burr Puzzle seems to have no end or beginning, proving how well the pieces fit seamlessly together! Interlocking Burr Puzzles offer a unique IQ challenge, and they have been repeated throughout history in many variations. In fact, these puzzles have been found in Europe and Asia since the 18th century. Burrs can take on many shapes, from the traditional seed shape, as well as spheres, stars, and more! The 3-Piece iteration contains three rods, which the puzzler must intersect to form the end shape.
Rolling Ball -
The ornate, handcrafted Rolling Ball Puzzle is a refreshing return to toys of the past, encouraging imagination and an innate sense of joy. Visually pleasing and tons of fun, there are many ways to enjoy the Rolling Ball. The design consists of 6 non-identical, interlocking wooden pieces. As always, the goal is to find the “key” piece that unlocks the shape. Then, you may begin the challenge of constructing the same shape that you just collapsed! The Rolling Ball Puzzle utilizes an ingenious trick that locks the system together and requires a precise order when reassembling the ball.
Tricky Pencil Puzzle- The Tricky Pencil Puzzle is a delightfully twisted contraption from our collection of disentanglement puzzles. Are you up for the challenge? There are 3 pencil-shaped wooden rods that are interconnected by multi-colored strings; the goal is to unravel the strings in the correct combination to allow the pencils to come free. If your friends and loved ones want more attention from you when you’re puzzle solving - get them involved by attaching this tricky brain teaser to one of their shirt buttonholes! It’s a real challenge to get it off, and it will literally and figuratively bring you closer together.
The Twin - The Twin is a classic disentanglement puzzle with a timeless design made from all-natural, expertly crafted wood. With a more modern design compared to other disentanglement puzzles, this brain teaser comes with two posts, just to bamboozle your brain twice as much! The Twin Puzzle requires you to exercise patience and caution as you try to figure out a way to separate the wooden ball completely from the two strings. Meanwhile, the strings are secured to both towers, making this seem like an impossible task.
Delta Puzzle - The Delta Puzzle is formed by three separate, metal pieces that mesh together into a triangle shape. The first challenge is how to separate the parts, and then the puzzler must reassemble the structure. Triangles are a central theme here, and may help you find the solution! This puzzle is the brainchild of Hong Kong native Kyoo Wong, who discovered Hanayama (as a puzzle solver) more than 20 years ago and turned his puzzling interest into a job. An inspirational story for sure, you never know who might find themselves designing puzzles someday, maybe even you!
Kepler Puzzle - This beautiful pocket-sized packing puzzle is crafted from solid aluminum and brass. Designed by Felix Ure - the puzzle is rated 3/5 in difficulty. The puzzle seems simple at first but isn't. The goal is to place all 11 balls inside the enclosure and then insert the lid. Despite its simplicity, the solution is elegant and surprising.
Hopefully, these quick pitches inspire you to try something new!
Enjoy and happy puzzling :)