Puzzles, we have loved them since we were little kids. We love them because they challenge us and make us exercise our minds while we are playing. It is a way to exercise our mind and our motor skills, and it’s still fun! Most importantly, it has a goal that brings us joy and a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment at the end.
Puzzles are great for all children of all ages, they help them in their development from the time they are babies and evolve with them and get more complex as they learn more skills. They begin playing with them as babies with bigger shapes, to moving pieces, to tiny little pieces to create a big complex image.
As parents, we want to help them to get the best tools to grow to the best of their abilities. These are the reasons why we definitely do that when we introduce the world of puzzles in their lives:
Puzzles for children: why are so fun!
Puzzles increase their visual spatial awareness, and develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of different topics. Each child learns in his or her own way, because each child is different. Through puzzles they can get that knowledge in their own way, through colors, order, or memorization simply by repetition. This way they can learn the alphabet, different colors, animals, and shapes.
Problem solving and critical thinking
Completing a puzzle, even the easiest and earliest one, is a problem that children have to focus on to solve. It forces them to take time to observe (What piece is missing here, where does this go?), consider the options (would it fit better here or here?), try and learn from mistakes (It didn’t work with my first option, let me try here), and reach success when they find the solution (Yay! Perfect!).
It’s a wonderful way to learn the scientific method that will stay with them in the future to face and solve any sort of problems and learning process in their lives. It also gives them the freedom to learn on their own paths, because there is no limit of trying and they don’t need an adult on top of them to check if it’s correct; they know by themselves, and they love that.
The persistence needed to go back and try a puzzle that we couldn’t solve is a great lesson for our children. This is because failure will be part of their lives, so it’s important to learn right from the beginning to not quit after a disappointment, but to keep on trying.
Besides, as we mentioned before, learning through repetition is a great way to learn as well. Once you learn the right way to complete a puzzle, there are still challenges that our kid can come up with. “Can I make it faster?”
Fine Motor development and hand eye coordination
As great as it is that our kids work constantly on their motor skills while running, or dancing, it is also important to focus on helping them refine their fine motor skills, and puzzles are a great way to do so.
It requires reaching for small pieces and placing them precisely and moving them around in the trial and error process.
Puzzles also involve a lot of hand and eye manipulation.
When they see it doesn’t fit with the shape or the context they know they have to pick it up, try again and repeat the process until it fits in the right spot.
Although it is easy to disregard the importance of these little things, it’s important to know we are giving our children the right options to enjoy their time being kids and to learn as much as they can.
If you are looking for the right puzzle that would help them learn these skills while having fun, check out our Planets App – Puzzle. It’s designed to help them develop their sense of logic and concentration while they have fun playing.
Pic by: Jelleke Vanooteghem