Updated: Mar 1
Puzzles are perfect for helping preschoolers develop critical skills.
When a child is alone with a puzzle, you can expect three basic skill sets to be developed.
Physical skills: From holding the puzzle pieces and turning them till they fit.
Cognitive skills: From solving the problems of fitting the pieces.
Emotional skills: They learn patience and reward when they successfully complete the puzzle.
Puzzles also help to build memory skills as they learn to recognise, first of all, simple shapes and colours in the simpler toddler puzzles and later, shape recognition, concentration, goal setting, patience and that wonderful sense of achievement when the end goal of completion has been reached.
Children learn to work through a problem as they fit the pieces together and puzzles teach them about the concept of "whole" and that each piece is simply a fraction of the whole as they piece it together.
Children refine their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they manipulate the puzzle pieces.
Challenging their minds is essential and they often strive to push themselves beyond their comfort zones.
All great learning tools!!! Children who love puzzles will probably become adults who love puzzles!!!
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