Puzzles are a great source of entertainment, but quite often they are overlooked for the more fashionable ‘all singing and dancing’ electronic games. This is such a shame as it’s long been known that jigsaw puzzles have a big part to play in a child’s learning and development. What’s more, children love doing them! Here are just a few reasons why you should encourage your children to play with puzzles.

The advantages of playing with puzzles

  1. Eye-Hand Coordination – When a child tries to fit, remove or turn a puzzle piece to find its right place,they are learning the connection between their hands and their eyes. The ability to coordinate what the eyes see, with what the brain pictures and what the hands do, takes a lot of practice, and puzzles are an enjoyable way to develop this skill.4 Puzzles in a Box, range from 12, 16, 20 and 24 pieces, with bright designs to help stimulate a toddler’s sensory and cognitive development.
  1. Emotional Skills – Children learn patience and persistence while working on a puzzle, and then are rewarded once it is completed. This boosts their independence and self-esteem as they will feel a sense of accomplishment.
  1. Fine Motor Skills – Little ones need to strengthen the muscles in their fingers so they can grip and hold things. Movement of fingers to get the pieces in the right spot will do just that, which in turn will help them to develop better handwriting skills.
  1. Social Interaction – All puzzles encourage children to work cooperatively with a friend or relative, as they try to complete the puzzle together chatting while they work out where the pieces need to go, developing a plan to solve. 100-Pc-Dinosaurs-Box
  1. Abstract Thinking – Puzzles enable children to use adaptable thinking and deductive reasoning skills, trying to find different ways to put the pieces together, and work out which piece they need next, whether it’s a corner one or a red zigzag piece they need.
  1. Problem Solving – Puzzles are perhaps the one game you can’t cheat at, the puzzle piece either fits or it doesn’t! Children have to use critical thinking skills to complete it.Magic-Puzzle---Pirate-Ship
  1. Vocabulary Skills – When a child asks for a certain piece they will often describe what they are looking for e.g. a square piece with a horse on it etc. Plus, the subject matter of the puzzle, such as animals, numbers, shapes, vehicles, will all help encourage speech and identification.

 

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