Toddlers are fascinated with placing wooden puzzle pieces in their correct slots, and as they grow older, they become fixated with fitting puzzle pieces together to create a picture or image
What puzzles do for your child?
- Motor skills -- from holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit
Cognitive skills -- as they solve the problems of a puzzle
Emotional skills -- they learn patience and are rewarded when they complete the puzzle
- Puzzles Develop Motor Skills -- How do motor skills relate to puzzles? Puzzles are particularly good tools that children can use to develop fine motor skills. Holding small puzzle pieces, placing them in specific places on a wooden board, and fitting jigsaw puzzles together train the muscles in your toddler’s hands to coordinate for the purposes of making very specific movements.
Hand-Eye Coordination -- your child will develop a keen relationship between what their eyes see, what their hands do and what their brain relates to this information. Playing with puzzles requires a trial and error process which involves a lot of hands and eye manipulation.
Gross Motor Skills -- Larger puzzle pieces and stacking puzzle games can enhance the large movements of your child to the point where they can then work on their fine motor skills.
Memory -- Puzzles are great tools for improving a child’s memory. The more he or she plays with the puzzle, the better the memory improvement.
Problem-solving -- The process of self-correction that occurs when young children attempt to complete a puzzle also enhances their problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Shape recognition -- All children learn differently and puzzles may be their medium for grasping an understanding of certain themes such as alphabet letters. The first puzzles we use are simple shapes -- triangles, squares, and circles. Puzzles come in a whole range of themes and topics such as alphabet letters, shapes, vegetables, numbers, pets, transport and colors. It increases their visual spacial awareness and develops a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.
- Self Esteem -- Through trial and error, toddlers learn that failure doesn’t mean defeat and that there’s a payoff to trying—again and again, and again! When kids do successfully complete a puzzle, they experience the satisfaction of success, which over time builds confidence and self-esteem
Setting goals -- The first goal is to solve the puzzle, the next goal will be a series of strategies your child comes up with to solve the puzzle. Such as putting familiar shapes or colors in one pile for future reference.
Social Aspect -- Puzzles are a great educational tool to enhance and promote cooperative play. As kids work together to complete a puzzle, they will discuss where a piece should go and why to take turns and share and support each other when handling frustration, then sharing the joy of finishing the puzzle.
In summary puzzle games for kids provide child development, cognitive skills, problem-solving, coordination between hands & eyes, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
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