Would you like to improve your child’s social skills and critical thinking? Would you like your child to have fun as they learn? Would you like to engage in activities with and play alongside your child?
If you answered yes to any of these questions its time to pull out the puzzles! Puzzles are wonderful learning tools that stimulate mental, physical, and social growth in children of all ages.
The diversity of puzzles makes them unique and important additions to any toy chest or learning center. From simple floor puzzles to 3-D jigsaw masterpieces, there is a puzzle out there for everyone! The benefits of puzzles are truly endless!
For babies and toddlers, puzzles offer the best introduction to combined hand-eye coordination development and problem solving. Young children learn to match up visual images in their mind and see the bigger picture. Connecting and linking puzzle pieces develops necessary hand dexterity as well. A completed puzzle, no matter how small, gives your child confidence and encourages him or her to investigate, participate in trial and error activities, and learn from his or her errors. Check our selection of first puzzles.
As your child grows older, and the puzzles become more complex, mental development continues to thrive. Looking for patterns and making mental connections prepares your child for a lifetime of problem solving and critical thinking. Older children can also use puzzles to strengthen social connections. Puzzles do not have to be individual activities. Rather, it is most beneficial when your child learns how to work with other children and complete puzzles together as a team. Learning teamwork and corporation is vital to learning basic social manners and techniques in communicating and voicing one’s own opinion.
Puzzles can also offer you a chance to bond with your child. Select a puzzle that will give your child a little bit of a challenge. Then, work alongside your child to think up strategies for organizing the puzzle pieces and executing the completion of the puzzle. Working together will encourage a positive “team-like” relationship between you and your child. A finished piece with make both of you very proud! Your child will be happy he or she accomplished a challenging task and you will be overjoyed that you participated in an important learning process with your child. Now take this idea to new levels. Engage your whole family in puzzle activities even as your children grow older. The wide range of simple to complex jigsaw puzzles will ensure you and your family can experience this learning process and satisfaction for years to come! For an extra challenge look for the more difficult jigsaw puzzles.
Puzzles even go beyond teaching problem solving, coordination, and social skills. Because the basic idea of a puzzle is a simple flat board the theme of your puzzle has endless possibilities. Puzzles which feature letters of the alphabet, numbers, counting, or maps are very popular educational tools. While your children make their way through solving a puzzle, they can also benefit from exposure to these important images. Puzzles can be math aids, language arts toys, introductions to geography, and more! Geography and map puzzles: sounds great, doesn’t it? The flexibility in theme will also keep your child interested in puzzles for years to come. Whether he or she loves fairies, puppies, batman, or fire trucks there’s a puzzle out there for every interest.
Unique puzzles widen the educational value of this toy even more. “See Inside” puzzles, for example, are frame puzzles which show behind the scenes images. The sturdy cardboard frame depicts the same picture the puzzle makes with an inside view.
Match-it puzzles are another puzzle type which offers a great way to combine multiple types of learning. These puzzles feature linking together pieces with coordinating pieces. The wide variety of match-it puzzles feature fractions, rhyming, letters, patterns, spelling, addition, and even basic anatomy! Tying skills to images is a wonderful way to approach learning situations.
Another classic way to have fun with puzzles is through the wide variety of globe and map puzzles. Teaching your child about his or her country is filled with difficult concepts to visualize. Map puzzles make basic geography learning fun, engaging, and easier to understand. Globe puzzles take this style of learning to new levels. Teach your child about the whole world and introduce him or her to the expansive geography of Earth!
Overall, the wide variety of puzzle types, styles, themes, sizes, and levels make this toy the perfect toy for anyone. Babies can learn the most important basic mental and physical skills. As your child ages, new mental and social skills thrive and an interest is always maintained. For families, puzzles can offer unique bonding experiences full of educational value and great satisfaction.
So share this classic learning tool and prepare for a lifetime of wonderful thought and enhanced social and academic skills. Play, laugh, challenge, and solve! Most importantly, get ready to “puzzle” your child!