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.
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.
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.
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.
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.