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7 Reasons Why Children Need Puzzles

7 reasons why children need puzzle

Do you and your kids love to play puzzles? If not, you might want to start! You may have heard that puzzles are good for your child’s development but do you know why? Here are 7 reasons why children need puzzles, even at an early age.

Hand eye coordination

Playing with puzzles requires processing skills often referred to as “trial and error”. It’s one of the main ways that children learn. Children need to flip, turn, and remove pieces of a puzzle to not only learn how things work but to develop vital hand and eye coordination.

If placing a piece of the puzzle that does not fit on the first try, they have to try all over again until they are able to begin to understand the process. The brain, eyes, and hands work together to find the piece, manipulate it accordingly, and fit it into the puzzle accurately. Even if they are not able to complete the puzzle, the process helps build vital connections in the brain.

Fine motor skills

Puzzles are a fun way for children to develop their fine motor skills. These skills are

important for future handwriting and self-care activities. While playing puzzles, children are required to pick up, pinch and grasp pieces (some with small knobs, pegs or chunky pieces) and move them around, manipulating them into slots, sorting them and fitting them into the correct places. This process helps the hands and fingers understand how to use buttons, zippers and pencils in the future.

Setting small goals & problem solving

Completing a puzzle, even the most simplest of puzzles sets a single goal to achieve.

Kids have to think and develop strategies on how to approach in achieving this goal such as they may do all the edge pieces first, for instance, or sort all the pieces into piles according to colors or shapes. This helps a child learn to achieve small goals as a means toward a larger goal.

This process involves problem solving, reasoning skills and developing solutions which they can later be transferred into vital skill in adult life. Plus when they do a puzzle they instantly realize that sometimes they won’t get the answer right on the first try. This is valuable because it shows us we always have to keep moving forward.

Shape Recognition

For young children, even babies, learning to recognize and sort shapes is an important part of their development. Puzzles can help little ones with this, since the pieces need to be recognized and sorted before they can be assembled. It’s important that they not only see the shapes but also that they feel them with their fingers.

Memory

Simple jigsaw puzzles and other types of puzzles may help enhance a child’s memory. For example, a child will need to recall the size, color and shape of various pieces as he or she works through the puzzle. If a piece doesn’t fit, the child sets it aside; but he or she will need to remember that piece when it is needed.

Social skills

Puzzles are a great educational tool to enhance and promote cooperative play.  As kids work together to complete a puzzle, they will discuss where a piece should go and why, take turns and share and support each other when handling frustration, then sharing the joy of finishing the puzzle.

Self esteem

The accomplishment of achieving a goal brings so much satisfaction to a child.  Overcoming the challenges involved in solving a puzzle really gives them a sense of achievement and pride within themselves.  It provides a boost to their self-confidence and self-esteem as this prepares them for other challenges in life.

Puzzles are such a fantastic learning tool for hand eye coordination and logical thinking. Some may think that their children are too young for that, but you will be surprised how quickly they will master the skills. The ability to work on puzzles is a skill that needs to be taught, so the earlier they start the better.

Find a wide selection of puzzles right here on Jolly B!  Here’s our favorite one’s for your toddler and preschooler:
MiDeer Geometry and Animal
Multi Layer Puzzle – Body Structure
MiDeer Colorful Tangram
Masterkidz Wooden Alphabet Learning Puzzle 
Masterkidz Wooden Numbers Learning Puzzle 

Play Matters! An Essential Ingredient for a Early Learning

masterkidz wooden baby toy car

It has been said over and over again, play is important. In a world that expects children to learn faster and do more, play is often left behind. The reason why early learning is so important is that, 90% of all brain development takes place by the age of five. Children also gain enough personality and intellectual skills to successfully begin to navigate in an educational setting.

Educator, Dr. Maria Montessori said that “Play is a child’s work.” She emphasized that the need for play and hands on experiences for toddlers will make them more open to experiencing things for themselves. They also gain a sense of accomplishment that goes along with completing tasks independently.

How to Encourage Learning Through Play

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Apart from some fun family activities for kids, you can also find educational toy and learning games for your toddler to explore! Children learn most from the world around them so let them explore and engage with it! Children don’t need hundreds of dollars in automated toys to learn. They just need a faithful guide.

Why Do We Need To Play?

Play not only helps create opportunities for learning but it increases the levels of happiness in our lives. It’s been shown that the more you play (even as an adult) vital things happen to the body.

  • You become happier.
  • You are more relaxed which makes learning easier.
  • Confidence is built as you learn new things.
  • You become more comfortable and take ownership in your environment.
  • New experiences help create even more opportunities to learn.

If you really want your child to be prepare for life, encourage them to play. There’s no reason for textbooks and worksheets to get prepared for kindergarten. Everything they need is already in their world!
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Why Children Need Wooden Toys

wooden toys

It seems plastic toys are the norm nowadays and it’s such a shame. Many don’t remember the days of wooden toys!  There are so many reasons to invest in wooden toys. Although they are not what you normally see on the shelves of the toy store, they are amazing for your child’s development.

Here are just a few reasons why you should invest in wooden toys for your child.

1. Wooden toys are safer.

You might ask “why” when it comes to this point. For the most part wooden toys tend to be larger, designed without small pieces that can easily go missing or get broken, and most of all they are often created without the use of toxic chemicals that can be damaging to young minds and bodies.

Even better, they have no batteries! So if you are looking for a peg puzzle or possibly looking for your child’s next favorite toy truck, choosing wood as the material for your kids’ toys is the best way to make sure they’re getting the safest toys and most sturdy toy on the market.

2. Wooden toys for kids of all ages.

Many wooden toys, like this wooden block set or this set of wooden play food are timeless and will keep your kids playing with them for years. Plus these toys are often so well made that they can be handed down from child to child.

montessori materials geometric column stacking set wooden toys

3. Wooden toys are long-lasting.
Wooden toys that you purchase for just a little more than their plastic counterparts are durable and tough enough to stand up to multiple children to enjoy. Plus they may still be around if you want to keep them for your grandchildren!

Plastic toys are crafted with sometimes toxic and very cheap materials that break soon after you bring them home. If you have a high-energy child who is who is tough on toys you might find plastic toys are broken minutes later.

Wooden toys, however, are designed to be tough. These days you can get everything from wooden dolls to wooden food sets that are adorable!

4. Wooden toys encourage kids to be creative.

Creativity is a vital life skill for kids. Most kids don’t get enough time to be creative. Being creative when playing can help to teach kids to think outside the box later in life and to develop problem-solving skills. Plus with no flashing lights or noises to distract them, kids are free to create play that comes from their imagination.

wooden toy montessori materials 1to4 number stacking blocks

5. Wooden toys help teach problem-solving skills.

Wooden puzzles, shapes and stacking toys not only are fun to play with, they vital to helping children build problem-solving skills. The sooner children work on this skill, the better they can become at it when they become older.  

Choosing wooden toys for your child is such a wonderful way to bring play into their lives. Most parents think that a child needs a huge variety of toys to hold their interest but that’s not true. In many cases, that variety just results in frustration or worse toys that are purchased and never played with.

Instead, invest your money and your children’s future into great wooden toys that will enable them to enjoy creative play for a lifetime to come!

Age-appropriate Play for Early Childhood Development

kid playing wooden toys

“Play Is The Work of the Child.”-  Maria Montessori.

Play is such an important part of any child’s development. However in the “hurry up and learn” culture of many in society, play simply gets lost.

People must remember that through play, children build the foundation for later learning. This is because the basis of play is learning to solve problems. It also helps to increase a sense of understanding of themselves, people around them, and the world around them.

Although it sounds simple “play” includes a variety of activities that are fun and interesting but have hidden skill building processes. These activities can include quiet play, creative play, active play, dramatic play, games, and manipulative play. How a child uses these types of play evolve as they get older.

Play also must be structured or unstructured to maximize opportunities for learning. So why are these types of play so important? Simply put, structured play has rules or a specific process to get from start to finish and unstructured play does not. Here are some specific examples:

Games—active games, card games, board games—are examples of structured play.

Unstructured play includes activities like playing house or free art.

What is age appropriate for my child?

Infants (birth to 18 months)

Infants learn to interact with the world around them very quickly. Babies interact with adult that talk, sing, laugh and expose them to sights, sounds and scents that entertain them. People can be the most favorite “play thing” that they have! This is why you should sing, dance, play peek-a-boo and cuddle often!

As muscles are built and babies begin to roll over and crawl, introducing toys that can be rolled and pushed helps further their skill set. Babies need to spend lots of time on the floor having tummy time too!

  • Brightly colored, toys with texture (no small pieces) encourage baby to touch and explore.
  • Mobiles, safety mirrors, musical or chime toys, crib gyms, busy boxes, nesting and stacking toys, simple pop-up toys, bathtub toys, simple rattles, and teethers all promote baby’s learning and development.
  • Soft, squeezable toys help baby practice grasping and reaching.
  • Push-pull toys strengthen muscles.
  • Dolls encourage baby to imitate what he sees adults doing and to make sense of his world
  • Simple press-together bricks, blocks, or pop beads develop eye-hand coordination.
  • Children’s books – cloth, vinyl, and cardboard – enhance language development.
  • Different types of music invite baby to experience different rhythms and sounds.

Toddlers (18 months – 36 months)

Toddlers spend many hours working to develop both small and large motor skills. Manipulating objects is a favorite pass time.  This could include putting things into a container and then dumping them out.

They can also learn from more messy play that includes water, sand,  soft clay or play dough.  Don’t forget toddlers require close supervision and safe play materials in case they decide to give them a taste! At this young age children are still using their sense of taste to explore their world.

Children’s interest in music often increases at this age too. Toddlers can sing songs, make their own music or even dance to music.

Toddlers also enjoy bouncing, rolling around, and throwing balls of different sizes. They also may like jumping on pillows, or making a house or fort out of a cardboard box. Play is much for involved and active at this age.

Although they are busy exploring what’s around them, toddlers also show an increasing interest in looking at books, themselves (in a mirror) or having someone read to them (often the same book over and over again).

Here are some of the basics you might want to include:

  • Pegboards with large pegs encourage the development of gross motor skills and strengthen the pincer grasp.
  • Play sets with people, animals, and cars can expand language skills.
  • Objects that pop up or have dials, switches, levers and knobs teach cause and effect and often hold their attention for a long time.
  • Simple puzzles with knobs or chunky pieces help develop eye-hand coordination and help toddlers understand how things fit together.
  • Push-pull items encourage walking while giving children the opportunity to imitate adults.
  • Children’s music allows toddlers to experiment with different sounds, rhythms, and patterns which will increase their body awareness.
  • Large items for stringing and lacing develop eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills such as grasping.
  • Children’s books with simple, colorful plots and pictures expose toddlers to different speech patterns and new vocabulary.
Preschooler (3-5 years old)

Preschool children’s play activities often build on things that they enjoy like princesses or favorite characters.  With stronger developed motor and social skills, preschoolers enjoy very active play.

Preschool-age children have better developed fine motor skills so using crayons, pencils and paints, safety scissors, and paste or glue are great activities. They also need lots of chances to play on playground, explore nature and use their large muscles, both indoors and outdoors.

Preschool children continue to build with blocks and building toys. Having a large supply of open-ended play materials that rely more on a child’s imagination are better learning tools for preschoolers than those that have limited uses (only one way to play with them).

For example, blocks can be used in many ways but a toy that moves or makes noise while a child sits and looks at it is very limited.

They are interested in each other and the world around them, and they enjoy showing off their new number and alphabet skills. Below are suggested products for supporting and encouraging a preschooler’s developing skills.

  • Dramatic play (dress up) items like dress-up clothes, play food and dishes, and dolls help children learn to cooperate and share with others.
  • Puppets can encourage preschoolers to explore the difference between fantasy and real-life and build language skills.
  • Sand and water toys can allow children to explore size, weight, measurement, and other science and math concepts.
  • Complex construction materials and natural building materials encourage preschoolers to use their creativity as well as math skills.
  • Accessories such as animals, vehicles, and furniture provide opportunities for preschoolers to balance, understand size and weight relations, solve problems, and share materials. It can also be an extension of dramatic play.
  • Children’s music increases self-confidence and body awareness and different rhythm patterns. Plus it helps get the wiggles out!
  • Simple games help preschoolers understand and follow rules.

In the end, don’t forget that young children need to have safe environments that they can explore. It’s also important to keep things simple and limit exposure to electronics and television.

Don’t fall for toys that call themselves “educational”. Not all toys are created equal. Keep only a couple toys out at a time and rotate them often. Don’t forget that this is such an amazing time in your child’s life!  Enjoy it!

 

Selecting Right Educational Toys for Toddlers

jolly b toys

Kids normally love to play with a lot of toys during some of toddler activities. But as a parent, one should be aware of that when they are playing, and seize this opportunity to introduce educational toys to teach them about the important matters which we can equally educate them with. This is why buying educational toys would be of great help to them in improving their knowledge and behavior while at the same time they are still able to enjoy and play.

The first five years of toddler’s existence are extremely important for cognitive development, as well as emotional and social development too. Wanting to enhance and develop the skills of a child, then you should choose the right toys that they should play with. When you do this, you will be able to help that child’s development and you can also ensure that the time that he/she spent playing had been worthwhile.

Importance of right educational toys

There are many kinds of toys that parents can buy for their kids. The market has already manufactured different types of and you can make use of this option to get the best for your child. Most wise parents prefer buying the educational toys over other kinds because; they can be more helpful in enhancing the various skills of their children. You should also consider this option if you aim to make your child more developed mentally and physically; which is easily achieved by providing various educational games for kids.

An educational toddler’s toy should have some special features to separate it from the other toys on the market. This will let the parents get as much value out of the investment that they have made. Nevertheless, there’s no point in spending about $200 or more on a toy if it is just for kids to sit still and have passive learning In fact, the least expensive may be more exciting and educative to the young child. The great importance of toddler’s toys includes:

Physical Development – building little bodies

wooden baby car truck

Mastering physical skills is an important part of childhood and it paves the way to all kinds of learning.

-Sensory: Hearing, seeing, touching and tasting –  these senses are the very first windows for your child to learn

-Fine motor: From grasping a toy to holding a pen, developing fine motor skills brings foundation for school success.

-Gross motor skills: Huge physical development occurs in early years and motor skills keep getting refined as your little one grows.

Cognitive Development – Engaging curious minds

Play is the best way to learn!

preschool learning game wooden toy blocks with pattern cards

-Exploration and Curiosity: Encourage exploration will help your child want to learn more every day!

-Problem Solving: Try to figure things out and solve the challenges are the best parts of play and build self confidence

-Imagination and Creativity: Look for new perspectives to see things. Able to create. These are important for future success!

Sосiаl & Emotional Development – Building self confidence and social skills

Playing is a natural way to encourage your kids to express ideas, willing to share with friends and being a good listener…

masterkiz wooden toy educational toy time teaching board preschool classroom

-Listening: There are so many benefits to be a good listener! : )

-Self confidence: Feeling good about own self and communicating thoughts with others could be naturally developed through play.

-Happiness and emotional health: A happy child learns how to cultivate fun and create happiness who grows into a happy adult!

Now that you are aware of the benefits of having educational toys for your kid, you should proceed to find these kinds of educational toys in the market. There are many stores that sell them but, knowing more about what you are looking for will avail you the knowledge that educational toys are the ones that your children can enjoy most. Although, they are still toys but, your kids are not only playing but, they also learn a lot of things while they do. Your child can acquire things that will benefit them in the nearest future.

We have handpicked and developed some development appropriate educational toys and learning games. They are good learning tools for your kids; and are available at our shop for customer-friendly prices.

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