Whether toddlers or adults, we all like to play puzzles. And we especially know that puzzles have great benefits for children’s development. As one of the most popular educational toys, puzzles seem to be very simple. All you have to do is to put the pieces together to make a whole, so why puzzles are considered educational toys? Below, ExploraToy will tell you exactly why:
1.Support the development of children's vision
Most jigsaw puzzle toys are brightly colored and have a variety of patterns, which attract the child's eyes and attention. When the child intensively looks at the brightly colored puzzle to think while playing with this toy it promotes the development of the child's eyesight.
2.Teach children to think logically
Learning can be classified into two categories: observation and judgment, the child want to put together the correct answer (which in this case if the completed puzzle). By playing with puzzles children learn that "one whole" is made up of "many parts" and that many "parts" can be put together to make A "whole". How this happens is as simple as assembling and dissembling puzzles. The connection between the pieces and the finished product is easy to comprehend and children unknowingly develop their imaginative and logical thinking.
When comparing the pieces and planning how to put the puzzle together children learn to use logic to solve problems through a process of assumptions, judgments, and choices, and to develop the ability to overcome difficulties and solve problems. For example, when kids start to work with multi-piece puzzles, many children can deduct that they have to start from the edges, which is the process of learning order, sequence, and logical thinking.
3.Improve your child's concentration, observation, and analytical skills
Children need to sit still to play with puzzles so that they can sit still and do something. It develops the child's patience and concentration. Children have to put pieces together to make a picture, which requires children to observe each piece of the picture carefully. As children play with puzzles, they develop the ability to observe and analyze things. At the same time, they learn to identify colors and shapes by playing with puzzles.
4. Cultivate children's teamwork skills
When children first encounter puzzles, they need adults to guide them. As children grow up, the number and difficulty of puzzles they can play with increases. When a child plays together with another person or in a group to complete a larger puzzle, each person can be responsible for a part of the puzzle, and to bring it all together they need to work together as a group. Especially when the child cannot complete the part of the puzzle he or she is responsible for, he or she needs to ask a partner for help thus letting them learn from others' thinking.
5.Exercise children's hands-on ability
Playing jigsaw puzzles can also exercise children’s hands-on ability. Hands-on ability is a very important ability for people, but not everyone has a strong hands-on ability, and the strength of hands-on skills is not directly proportional to whether or not you have higher education. To have strong hands-on skills, you need to start developing them from a young age.
Educational experts believe that, for children, interesting plays are the best exercise for children's hands-on ability, and for children's hands-on ability, the best period is from 3 to 8 years old. To strengthen the children's hands-on skills for a period of time, then these children will have stronger hands-on skills when they grow up.
6.Good for listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills
Playing with puzzles, not only exercises listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, but also allows children to think about the process of the puzzle to exercise the ability to solve problems, and for children, this exercise is particularly important, from a young age to be trained in this area of people in adulthood, the ability to withstand stress will be stronger, when in the face of learning or work difficulties is often more quickly find a solution.
7.Improve children's interpersonal skills
When more than one child works together on a puzzle, they can exercise their collective division of labor and collaboration ability. When children work together on puzzles, the process of the puzzle can naturally exercise the child's ability to interact with others and divide the work.
8. Exercise children's observation and learning ability
Playing puzzles can also exercise children's observation ability and improve children's learning ability. To gain more knowledge, observation is one of the most important ways. If children can be meticulous in learning and can quickly integrate and understand different aspects of knowledge, it is because they have good observation skills and have a good understanding of the whole concept and the parts that it consists of. The understanding of the relationship between all the parts is strong, so the strength of observation ability has a great impact on children's learning ability and learning efficiency.
In summary, we love the way they challenge our thinking and exercise our minds. There is no doubt that wooden puzzles are an incredible learning tool and the most versatile and comprehensive learning tool you can buy for your child. ExploraToy encourages kids to play with puzzles, provides wooden puzzles for you to choose. Choose the most suitable one for your child!