Enhance Your Child’s Development with Puzzles
Puzzles are available for different ages, and the trick is to pick your child age-appropriate ones to help them avoid them getting frustrated trying to put together a puzzle that is too difficult for their ability. Start with some easy-to-solve puzzles and advance to more complex ones as they grow.
Here are some of the ways jigsaw puzzles help in your child’s development:
Body parts need to coordinate to handle daily tasks effectively. Jigsaw puzzles help your child from the early stages to develop their hand-eye coordination.
The ability for a child to coordinate what the eyes see, the action the mind needs to take, and the hand movement your child needs to achieve it requires practice.
Puzzles help your child create and develop a relationship between the eyes, brain, and hands. Your child also visualises how the result of the puzzle will be, so these body parts work together to achieve the goal of completing the puzzle.
Improved Concentration and Patience
It takes a lot of focus for your child to figure out how to coordinate the eyes, brain, and hands. It also takes a lot of concentration, time, and patience to read puzzle pieces and see how they fit with each other.
These tasks help develop your child’s ability to exercise patience and concentration skills, both of which are useful life skills.
However, you need to encourage and remind them that completing the puzzle may not be easy, but practice will help them succeed. Make it more interesting by designing custom puzzles or buying ones with themes that interest your child.
Memory and Cognitive Skills
Jigsaw puzzles encourage your child to use reasoning, deduction and adaptive thinking as they try to understand how to complete the puzzle. Your child needs to remember what the complete picture looks like to put it back together. Since your child needs to remember the patterns and shapes and where they need to go, it’ll help develop their memory skills.
You can help your child improve their cognitive ability and develop abstract thinking by encouraging them to complete the jigsaw puzzle. That’s what makes them see an empty space and develop the need to find a puzzle shape and size that fits in it. For a child with special needs, puzzles are a great way to encourage cognitive and speech development.
Fine Motor Skills
Doing puzzles, your child will develop strength in finger and hand muscles, which helps them grasp things and hold on to them.
Later, these fine motor skills will be helpful when it’s time to hold and use crayons and pencils. This makes doing a jigsaw puzzle a way to practice fine motor and gross skills in a fun way while encouraging independence.