Why puzzles are so good for kids?

Puzzles have long been a favorite learning toy of kids, moms, and educators. From a very early age, toddlers are fascinated with placing wooden puzzle pieces in their correct slots.  Giving children a variety of puzzles enhances their early childhood educational experience both at home and in school.
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There are several reasons why kids are drawn to puzzles, here are some of the skills that are enhanced by playing with puzzles:

  • Cognitive skills: Puzzles are great tools for improving a child’s memory. The more they play with puzzles, the better the memory improvement! The process of self-correction that occurs when a kid attempt to complete a puzzle also enhances their problem solving and critical thinking skills. Puzzles for kids improve a child’s problem solving and reasoning skills. It helps them to see whole-part relationships, increases their visual spacial awareness and depending on the subject matter can teach them a variety of topics like the alphabet, numbers, color recognition, shape recognition, categories like pets or transportation vehicles, and more.

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  • Fine motor skills: Puzzles develop motor skills, Toddler puzzles are a fun way to improve fine motor skills. From the time a baby can start eating solid food parents give their children cheerios to help a child with their pincher grasp.  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: As a child places each piece in the puzzle they are manipulating it so see if it fits. Their hand-eye coordination is enhanced through this trial and error process.

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  • Social skills: Puzzles can be done alone but are also a great tool for fostering cooperative play. As kids ask for a piece to be passed to them or discuss where a piece should go they are sharing the task and learning to cooperate. It can also help a child learn how to handle frustration when a piece does not fit.  When kids do successfully complete a puzzle, they experience the satisfaction of success, which over time builds confidence and self-esteem.

Published by MDTECH7

MDTECH7 specializes in consultation, entrepreneurship and international business development, especially in Central and South America. The firm provides its clients with a service package that includes business development services, marketing consultation and professional guidance by leading Israeli and Latin American experts

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