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Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018

Core benefits of puzzles for children

Puzzles for adults are considerably different compared to those designed primarily for kids. Why is that? Well, the fact of the matter is that most of those you’ll find available for children have a very important learning aspect, which means that they can assist the young ones to develop social skills, and many others.

Let’s have a look at why it might be a good idea for you to use puzzles as a learning tool to enhance children development. If you’re a parent or you’re in the market for a new present for a kid, this one might just be the best option.

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They help develop social skills and fine motor skills

Many psychologists have shown that the brain development of a child can be influenced in a significant manner by the things and people that interact with him and her. Puzzles, especially those that call for several participants instead of just one, manage to offer the right opportunity for social interaction.

On top of that, through puzzles, kids can see how their environment can change its appearance and shape.

As for fine motor skills, they are somewhat similar to the ways that solving puzzles can improve the hand to eye coordination of a young one.

But what are fine motor skills, really? Unlike gross motor skills, which consists of activities such as walking, for example, fine motor skills call for a lot of detail and attention, and are, in a nutshell, the individual ability to handle more delicate objects. The specialized movements provided by puzzles can improve the fine motor skills of kids of all ages, but even more so of the very young ones.

Problem-solving and shape recognition

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of solving a puzzle after working on it for several hours (or even days) on end, right? The various figures and pieces that fit or not can assist a child in developing a very important skill. The young one will have to rely on his or her own mind to figure out the issue, solve it, and then bask in the satisfaction that they have managed to raise up to par and have thought of in a logical way.

Shape recognition is essential for a wide array of reasons, but the fact is that it is an integral part of the development of babies, as well as young kids. To match the rest of the puzzle, some pieces have to be recognized and matched with others so that they can create an image that makes sense.

Healthy goals and memory development

Some studies suggest that even simple jigsaws can make the difference when it comes to enhancing a child’s memory. The color and the shape of some pieces will have to be recalled so that the kid works through the puzzle. The act of trying and then setting a piece aside only to have another one tested means that the child will learn a bit more about having patience.

Since it takes a bit of effort to solve a puzzle, the young one will learn to set goals so that he or she is capable of working through it in a more efficient and faster way.

Author: Daniel J.

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