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
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.
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.
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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