If you have a small child, you realize how much he does like puzzles.
Oftentimes, you see him enjoys it more compared other toy he has.
You are thinking why he can concentrate and excited with these puzzles.
While puzzles are usually recognized as fun toys, they actually have many educational benefits for your child.
How important are puzzles to your child’s mind.
Puzzle games are favorite past time for young children.
Children spend a lot of time playing with them.
Even you are not aware of it, actually puzzle has many benefit to our brain especially to young child.
Here are some of the benefits it can give to your child.
1. Helps your child’s memory and cognitive skills
When your boy plays with jigsaw puzzles, he’s thinking unconsciously about the size, color and shape of different pieces that he is trying to fit.
If one piece doesn’t fit, he will put it down and will pick up other pieces that will fit as he tries to remember.
Without knowing, when he play with puzzles he is using his brain especially working memory.
As he answer more puzzles, his memory and thinking skills are all improved.
Using puzzles as one of the tool to improve child’s memory and brain development is easy and very effective.
2. Increases child’s concentration power
When you saw your child that he can concentrate with one puzzle, you will find out how long he can.
Once he enjoys working with one puzzle, his concentration power increases and he can focus more.
As you give more puzzles, you will see how fast he can pick up the answer.
Because of his concentration power and focus. Better concentration will help your child to catch up especially school lessons.
3. Boosts child’s creativity and imagination
For a child to complete one puzzle, he automatically sees the whole picture of the puzzle in his mind.
His imagination helps him to figure out how he can solve and fit each pieces.
Once he finishes the puzzle, he can see the outcome of his imagined picture.
On the other hand, some puzzles give your child a chance to make figures from their own mind.
He can make shapes and even combine puzzle pieces to make figures of animals or anything that he wants to make.
In this moment, your child’s creative mind is practised and enhanced.
When your child works with different types of puzzle, his creativity and imagination are boosted in fun ways.
4. Makes child a better thinker and with reasoning skills
By the time that your child starts solving the puzzles, he will naturally learn to think deeper whenever he is finding ways to solve the problem.
Unconsciously, your child is making his own strategies to find solution. He will also try and test his strategies if it will work with the puzzles.
As your child continues to solve many puzzles, his deep thinking and logical mind are exercised.
It is important for a child’s growing mind so he can make decisions properly and apply to everyday life.
5. Helps in strengthening child’s hand muscles and flexibility
Your child’s hand muscles are best to develop while he’s still young.
Puzzle is a proper tool to strengthen child’s hand muscles.
When holding, picking and even turning puzzle pieces, your child’s hand dexterity are improved.
Practising hand muscles (fine motor skills) not only helps the child to prepare for future tasks such as writing and cutting.
Developing fine motor skills is also good to develop brain function and thinking.
What kind of Puzzle suitable for your child? What Puzzle Should I Get My Child?
You have already known the benefits of puzzle for your child and maybe you are so excited to get one for him.
But, you may be thinking which kind of puzzle is suitable for him.
To help you pick up the suitable puzzle for him, we listed below some of the recommended puzzle for different ages.
1. Jigsaw Puzzles
Recommended age: 18 month to all
From very young age and even adults, jigsaw puzzles are suitable for everyone.
The number of pieces from as few as four up to a thousand.
Completing these simple puzzles not only benefits hand-eye coordination but also very useful to help develop a child’s memory,critical thinking and focus.
In addition, jigsaw puzzles allow the child understand idea of parts and whole.
Your child can know that one piece is important to make the whole puzzle.
This concept will help the child to understand the parts and whole of numbers in maths.
Recommended age: from 3 years old
Tangram has 7 different sizes of shapes such as triangles (big, medium and small), square and rhombus.
This puzzle has effective way not only to familiarize with shapes but to understand that we can combine more than two shapes to make many shapes.
Two small triangles can make one rhombus, square or even a bigger triangle.
Combination of shapes, more than a thousand kinds of figure can be created.
When you give to your child, this puzzle can improve his concentration, critical mathematical thinking skills, also memory and fine motor skills.
-besides very popular Puzzles for children, we will introduce some other puzzles which we use for our lessons.
Recommended age: 2 to 6 years old
By using same size and shapes of triangles, to form figures-big triangles, squares…
Seeing combination of triangles, your child can understand how to build many shapes.
This puzzles are helpful for your child to build mathematical thinking.
Also, your child’s fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination are enhanced by this puzzle.
4. Shapes Puzzle
Recommended age:3 to 7 years old
Shapes puzzle has many shapes such as triangles, half circle, rhombus and other quadrilaterals.
With this puzzle, your child can make many figures or he can also be challenge to think how to form a given figure for this puzzle.
The puzzle helps to develop your child’s math skills by knowing the basic shapes from it.
This supports in enhancing child’s critical thinking by combining two or more shapes to form new figure.
It also helps in developing child’s memory, imagination and creativity.
What are the things to consider before you give the puzzles to your child?
Now that you have idea what Puzzle can do for your child, here are some tips for getting your child to play with and engage in puzzles:
1. Make sure they are age appropriate.
While it shouldn’t be so easy that your child get board, being too challenging could frustrate him and giving up.
2. Work with them on a more difficult puzzle.
While they still shouldn’t be too incredibly hard to put together, the difficulty level can be slightly increased if you work on completing a puzzle with them.
Not only will their minds have to work a little harder but you’ll get in some quality time with your child.
3. Keep an eye with the small pieces.
Before you settle with the perfect puzzle for your child, make sure that there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards especially for very young child. Keep an eye for the small pieces of puzzle that can be a choking hazard for your child.
Small children might tend to swallow small parts so, try to avoid this kind of puzzles for them.
Find out the most suitable puzzle for him to enjoy and play with
Puzzles are best choice if you are thinking on how to help enhance and develop your child’s critical thinking and math skills.
Child will learn best when they enjoy puzzles and feel no pressure at all.
Even you pick up the age appropriate puzzle for him, sometimes it will be too difficult or he doesn’t even want to play with it.
On the other hand, if some puzzles are too easy for him, he might feel bored and will not feel motivated to play anymore.
Every child has different strengths and needs. We need to carefully observe what your child feels towards one kind puzzle.
If he will like or enjoy it, you do not need to worry about recommended age of puzzles.
If he won’t enjoy, find the reason why and think of new puzzle to give him a try.
In the beginning, it might be difficult to know which puzzle is really good for him.
Just continue to give and try different kinds of puzzle. Don’t force him if he doesn’t like and just let him enjoy the puzzle.
Choosing the good puzzles will allow learning and will expand child’s creativity, knowledge and critical thinking.
Let’s now begin to find the suitable puzzle for your child and start to enjoy the benefits of puzzle.