7 Benefits of Playing with Puzzles

 

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Puzzles can be so much fun for children and adults, they come in all shapes and colors, with many different themes. It is no wonder children absolutely love playing with puzzles. Not only do they provide hours of entertainment they are also a valuable source for educational development.

1. Sharpen Cognitive Skills 

Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. When playing with puzzles a person needs to utilize these skills, practicing and sharpening them, all while having fun.

Playing with puzzles increases their visual spatial awareness and develops a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.

2. Develop Fine Motor Skills

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When children play with puzzles, they are required to pick up, grasp, pinch and move pieces around, sorting them into the correct places.

3. Hand-eye Coordination 

Along with developing fine motor skills puzzles are a great way to help in developing hand-eye coordination. Often puzzles require a lot of trial and error, requiring a child to move and manipulate the piece into place. This requires a lot of hand-eye coordination.

4. Problem Solving

What is the point of doing a puzzle? To complete it of course! Whether it be a 12 piece puzzle or thousands of pieces puzzles are all about trial and error.

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When children are playing with puzzles, they must think and develop strategies on how they will complete the puzzle. This process requires cognitive skills such as reasoning and problem-solving skills, developing solutions. These are life skills they will take with them to their adulthood.

5. Persistence & Patients 

Puzzles can take a lot of time, effort and concentration. With some puzzles being over a thousand pieces and very complicated, being able to push through and complete the puzzle teaches a child that with persistence and patients they can achieve any goal.

6. Social

Puzzles are a great way to bring people together. Working together to develop a strategy, and cooperating together to complete a puzzle helps to develop many social skills. Nothing brings people together more than completing a common goal.

7. Self Esteem

Nothing boost self-esteem and self-worth more than accomplishing a goal. For children having something tangle-able to look back and say “Hey I did that” provides such a great sense of pride and achievement within themselves.  Working around issues and overcoming challenges boost their self-confidence and self-esteem, preparing them for other challenges in life.

Puzzles are not only a great source of fun but provide so many educational benefits! Have fun puzzling! 

 

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Free Educational App Forests for Children!

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Raining outside? Enjoy the wonders of the forest from the warm comforts of home.     In this fun-filled adventure, your child will explore the virtual forests of  W5Go! They will discover what creates a forest, who lives in a forest, the sounds of a forest and the basics of photosynthesis.

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KEY FEATURES:
 

VR iSpy game
VR footprints to animals
Discover species
Basics of Photosynthesis
Learn English
Ad-free, no in-app purchases
Real life-based visuals

 

After playing through the Forest Episode your child will be able to identify the four seasons, various trees and plants and where trees and plants get their food.  Enjoy a virtual reality interactive game of iSPY, look for the different animals in the forest and watch as they scurry away when you find them!

In a virtual reality simulation, you will stumble upon footprints left behind by various creatures of the forest. Interact with these footprints to get a closer look and watch as the animal who left them comes to life through animation.

Using augmented reality, a globe will appear and visually show the four seasons around the world. Explaining the basics of northern and southern hemispheres and how when it is winter in one hemisphere is it summer in the other.

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Learn English while venturing through the forest, several words will appear on the screen, and are featured in the voice-over. This will improve spelling, pronunciation,  vocabulary, listening skills, and overall communication.

Ask and discover the 5W’s of the Forest! What is the forest? Who lives in the forest? Why are they so important? Where do plants and trees find their food? When can we visit the forest?

 

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Greetings! Free Educational App for Kids

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This episode teaches the who, what, where, when and whys of greetings. In a virtual playground, your child will be able to interact with children from cultures around the world.  They will say hello to your child in their native language, teaching them the pronunciation, and spelling.

Saying a Hello is only one part of greeting someone. The way you approach people in different cultures can very different compared to your own. Shown through fun animations, we demonstrate how some cultures say hello with a handshake, nose bump, high-fives and so on. Learn various formal and informal greetings from world leaders such as Obama and the Queen.

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Throughout an Augmented Reality (AR) simulation, an animated globe will appear where you will learn “Where in the World” do they say that. Accompanied by music from the specific area, a postcard will appear explaining how the people of that region greet each other.  This is a visual display of where the country is located, helping with geography.  By using visual aids a child will be able to identify the country on the globe, know what language they speak, how to say hello and what gestures they use to say hello and goodbye. This opens your child up to a would of cultural understanding and

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Your child will also learn the time of day greetings such as “good morning” “good afternoon” and “good night”. In this scene, AR (Augmented Reality) bubbles with an image of a flag that will appear. Once they click on the bubbles it will say how to pronounce the word, what language and what it means.

 

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Look! Listen! Learn! Song for Children

 

What is the best way to learn? By looking and listening to the world around you! This fun educational song focuses on the importance of keeping an open mind and looking at the big picture! Look around in all seven directions to see the world from all perspectives to see the big picture.

Talk to others and engage in discussions, everyone views things differently! That doesn’t mean that your wrong or they’re wrong, every observation is slightly different and we can learn from all views.

The song makes reference to two short stories about how only seeing one point of view makes you miss the big picture and the dangers of being ignorant. An old parable from India The Blind men and the Elephant and an ancient fable from China The Frog of The Well (stories below) feature characters that only have one point of view and refuse to believe or listen to others.

          “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t” – Bill Nye 

We believe this is a very important lesson to teach a child because so often as adults we miss the big picture and assume our views are always right. We need to have an open mind, hear others perspectives, learn to be present in order to see the big picture!


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Look! To the right! To the left! Look to the front! Look to the back!  

Look up! Look down! and look inward!  In all 7 directions.

And then listen and you will learn.

About your situation and about yourself!

And you’ll become smart! And you’ll become wise!

In time, you will be able to hear what you see, and see what you hear.

Blind people can’t see but they can look all around them,

And then listen and learn!

It’s very important to see the whole scene,

The big picture!

You can get it very wrong if all you see is a small part.

Like the frog sitting at the bottom of a dry well looking up to the sky. 

Like the blind man feeling the limb of an elephant.  

Is it a tree

Or stroking the tail of the elephant.  

Is it a broom?

Look! Listen! And Learn!

And you’ll become smart! And you’ll become wise!

Thank Goodness

We can Look, Listen and Learn! Even when we may not be able to see.


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Once a turtle lost its way in the ocean and found himself in a tiny well.

Inside the well, the turtle found a frog and they started talking.

The turtle asked, “Have you ever seen an ocean? Do you know how big it is?”

The frog said, “No. How big is it?”

“It’s very, very big”, the turtle replied.

The frog stretches its arms wide and asks, “This big?”

“No, bigger than this.”

The frog stretches its arms wider and asks, “This big?”

“No no, a lot bigger than this”

“Then it must be from there,” the frog said while pointing to one wall of the well, “to there”, pointing to the opposite wall. “After all, this is how big the world is.”

The turtle said, “No, the ocean is a lot bigger than this.”

“You’re lying. How can anything be bigger than this? This is the whole world after all.”

Neither the turtle nor frog is lying. It’s just that the frog is too narrow-minded to believe that there may be a bigger picture than what he sees and thinks.

The Frog of the Well ~ Zhuāng Zǐ


 

The Blind Men and the Elephant ~ John Godfrey Saxe

 It was six men of Indostan
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Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant, 
And happening to fall

Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me!—but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried: “Ho!—what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ‘t is mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:

“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he;
“‘T is clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

MORAL.

So, oft in theologic wars
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

4 Ways to Make Eating Fun for Children

Children can often be picky eaters and when it comes to dinner time things can sometimes get messy. You want the best for your child obviously, and ensuring they get all their vitamins and nutrients, but sometimes those good vitamins come from fruits and veggies your children just don’t like.

How can we make food fun and exciting for children?

Colour! Colour! Colour! 

Children love colours! Naturally colourful foods are naturally more appealing for children and often provide more vitamin and nutrients than boring dull coloured foods.

EataRainbowHave you heard of Eating a Rainbow?  Fruits and veggies come in a variety of colours, each colour has its own unique vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural plant chemicals that give them their distinct colours.

You can judge the number of nutrients on your plate just by looking at the colours. Making food that is very colourfull not only makes it more appealing for children but also more nutritional. Create a rainbow of colour on your plate!


Make it Interesting! 

What is your child currently interested in?  Math, Art, Geography, or maybe a movie like frozen? Try creating meals according to themes.
In my household, we like to explore cultures and will have greek night, Mexican night and so on.

This not will not only make your child interested in the food their eating but can act like a little lesson learning about foods and cultures. Introduce them to food items you might not normally find in your homes such as naan bread or maple syrup (depending on where you live of course).

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The presentation is key! If your child doesn’t think it looks appealing it will be a struggle to get them to even try it. This is where you can get creative!
Ideas: 
Fun Shaped Food
Fruit Kebabs
Happy Burgers or Pancakes!

Make a happy face out of your ingredients

Dip it! Children love to dip their food. Use healthy dip options for vegetables like yogurt.

Get them involved! 

There are so many benefits by getting your child involved in the kitchen, not only does this provide precious family bonding time but it also allows children to learn new skills.

From farm to table get your children involved meal preparations and they will have a lifetime love and appreciation for their food.

Start at the store, take them to the grocery store or market and show them where we gather our foods from. Give them the option to pick you a couple fruits, veggies or full meal they would like for dinner. We all feel more connected to something we have contributed to. Help them make good choices at the store explain to them the difference between good nutritious food and junk food.

Take them on a field trip! Taking them to the farm to see where their food comes from, meet the farmers who grow it will not only help them develop an appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing food but also gets them excited about food!

 

W5Go Healthy Kids Seasons! 

This app features three episodes; Food Groups, 5 Senses, and Personal Hygiene.

This app is the perfect combination of education and entertainment, it includes child safe Augmented and Virtual reality simulations bringing a fun new element to learning!

Explore how we take care of our bodies to keep us happy and healthy!

Healthy Kids is a collection of apps exploring how our bodies work and the many ways we need to take care of our bodies. Designed for children in preschool and kindergarten, these fun learning games get children excited to learn how they take care of their bodies.

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Mind & Body App for Children

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Mind and body is an episode within W5Go’s Healthy Bodies mobile app. The app is free to download, no in-app purchases, no ads and does not require wi-fi making it a perfect education app for road trips. 

Having a healthy body means taking care of your body inside and out! This episode covers the importance of Stretching, Aerobics, Strength & Mental Health. Learn how each topic helps the body stay healthy and strong. Join the W5Go kids in simple bodyweight exercises, learn body parts, play a sports memory game and more!  

Having a healthy mind is equally as important as having a strong body. We want to help break the stigma of Mental Health by introducing children to the basics of having a positive mind. We talk about feeling sad and what to do when you feel sad, with simple breathing exercises, how to help feelings, a song about bullying and a simple quiz. Upon completing this episode, a child will have a basic understanding of mental health and how to cope with situations.   

Key Features:

  • Simple body weight exercises for children to follow along
  • Fun animations, games, quizzes 
  • Breathing exercises 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over  
  • 20+ Fun Mind & Body Facts 

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