Puzzles are a great way to create a fun learning opportunity for children.
Puzzles help children develop finger strength, perseverance and problem solving skills.
Ask your child to turn, flip and slide pieces into position. Picking up, moving and twisting the pieces of a puzzle helps children to develop finger strength and eye-hand coordination.
As your child picks up and positions pieces, they also develop small muscle control in the fingers.
Playing with puzzles encourages children to look at pictures more carefully, going over them from top to bottom and from left to right. Through this children may begin to notice visual similarities and differences.
Puzzles develop memory skills as well as an ability to plan, test ideas and solve problems. While completing a puzzle children need to remember shapes, colours and positions.
The experience of completing a puzzle can also help your child to learn to accept challenges, overcome problems and deal with frustration. However once the task is completed the feeling of achievement sends their sense of self esteem soaring.