Jigsaw puzzles are most useful for developing multiple skills in your child. Want to know more about their benefits for children? Read on.
Children of all ages love jigsaw puzzles. Even in these technology-driven times of computer and mobile games, these puzzles continue to be popular among children.
Jigsaw puzzles are created by cutting a picture printed on either cardboard or wood into multiple pieces of different shapes and sizes. Solving the jigsaw puzzle involves assembling and fitting all these pieces together again.
Jigsaw puzzles are good for children of all ages. Jigsaw puzzles for toddlers usually consist of 2-3 pieces. Your child can handle puzzles with up to 20 pieces by the time she is three years of age. The puzzles are made of wood, plastic, or cardboard and come in 2D and 3D dimensions.
Here are six reasons to introduce jigsaw puzzles to your children:
1. Improves motor and hand-eye coordination: Solving jigsaw puzzles helps children develop fine motor skills as they learn to handle the pieces and place them correctly; hand-eye coordination as they match pieces according to color, shape and pattern.
2. Improves problem-solving skills: Every time children solve a puzzle, they develop different strategies to solve it faster the next time. Puzzles help to hone critical problem-solving, strategic thinking, and logical reasoning skills.
2. Improves concentration and memory: One of the strategies children adopt to solve puzzles is to remember and recall how the different pieces fit. This boosts their memory. It also helps them to improve their ability to stay focused on tasks. Puzzles can hold children's attention and keep them engaged for hours.
3. Improves patience: Solving a puzzle is a challenge, and overcoming any challenge requires time and patience. By learning to slowly work through the puzzle, children develop patience. They also learn to not give up and keep persevering until they complete the puzzle.
4. Stimulates learning: Jigsaw puzzles of maps, animals, plants and maps are a great way of arousing children's interest in different subjects. They are also a great way of learning visual-spatial, collaborative, and social skills. Therefore, puzzles are great for educating children and helping them learn and gain confidence in a range of skills.
5. Affordable and reusable: So, children can play with them again and again. You can also step in and make the activity more interesting for your children. Set a time limit for solving the puzzle. This way, they will learn how to work to achieve their goals within time.
So, now that you know about the several benefits of jigsaw puzzles for children, why wait? Head out to the nearest store and gift your child a challenge that he will love to overcome.
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