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6 Benefits of Doing Puzzles with Your Children

You’ve probably heard that having your child do puzzles will help to improve their cognitive development and so on. While that’s definitely true, there are many other factors that doing puzzles can improve, including memory, hand-eye coordination and more. Here are the six benefits of having your child start doing puzzles early in life.

Hand-Eye Coordination

The act of having your child turn, flip and remove puzzle pieces will help them improve the connection between their eyes and their hands. As their eyes see the puzzle, their brain can process what the puzzle should look like when completed, or what pieces they need in order to finish the puzzle. Then their eyes, brain, and hands can work together to find the right piece, turn it accordingly and fit it into place.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Puzzles are the perfect tool to help your child develop their fine and gross motor skills. When giving them puzzles with smaller pieces as they get older, they’ll be able to better control the small, specialized movements that are needed to pick up and place the puzzle piece. The development of fine motor skills is also necessary when learning to write. In terms of gross motor skills, babies and young children can enhance their walking skills by playing with larger puzzles that require more movement.

Problem Solving

Learning how to solve problems is a crucial skill your child needs to learn, and one of the best ways to do so is through putting together puzzles. Piecing together a puzzle effectively means that your child is looking through the various possibilities to determine where they do and don’t fit. Because you can’t complete a puzzle by cheating or finding a loophole, it will teach your child how to use their mind to solve the puzzle logically.

Memory

Whether they’re doing a simple jigsaw puzzle or something more intense, the act of working through a puzzle, in general, will help in improving your child’s memory. Children will recall the colours, shapes, and sizes of various pieces that will aid them in finishing their puzzle. Any pieces that don’t fit will be set aside and returned to later when something triggers their memory throughout the process.

Shape Recognition

It’s essential that children, both young and old, learn how to recognize and sort through shapes. As puzzles are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, utilizing them will do wonders in developing this skill. Because puzzle pieces need to be recognized and sorted to help complete the puzzle efficiently, this will be good practice to improve your child’s recognition skills.

Goal Setting

The main goal when starting a puzzle is to complete it, leaving zero pieces left behind at the end of the task. As your child works on piecing together a puzzle, they’re simultaneously developing a strategy that will help them to both finish the puzzle quickly and with more efficiency. For example, they might learn that completing the edges first or grouping similar colours together might help them in their larger task. They’ll learn that breaking goals down into smaller tasks will aid them in the long run.

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