Fine motor skills
When kids start doing puzzles, their motor skills begin to develop – and research suggests that kids who start puzzling early are better are spatial transformation tasks. Playing with puzzles can very young kids develop their gross motor skills, while smaller puzzle pieces can help older kids develop their fine motor skills. It’s even been suggested that kids who develop fine motor skills early on having an easier time learning to write and draw.
Problem solving skills
Sitting down with a puzzle is a great way for children to develop problem-solving skills. Playing with puzzles encourages children to find the correct piece for each space and look for solutions to their problems, either by matching colours or patterns together. Then as they delve deeper into puzzling and start playing with more challenging jigsaws, kids build on previous experiences to get the image put together even more quickly.
Pick the right puzzle and you can introduce kids to a whole new hobby or passion. Puzzles can also help to make talking about school projects a bit more fun. If your child struggles with their geography, why not find a puzzle that features a map of the world? Or how about sneaking some maths into some puzzling sessions, by introducing ideas like Geometry and Symmetry? Older kids will love learning about the signs of the zodiac with this Celestial puzzle!
If the children are really small, most parents help them with their puzzles. They provide assistance and instructions throughout the process by explaining the different parts of the puzzles. They may use terms or words that the children haven’t heard before, and this gives parents the opportunity to build their child’s language skills while broadening their vocabulary.