Puzzles are very important in assisting the children to develop emotional skills, cognitive skills, and physical skills. Those are the benefits of puzzles in early childhood development.Making a puzzle is all about trying to fit the right pieces into the right place. The main goal for children is to improve their coordination, fine motor skills, language, and cognitive capacities. Solving problems, making decisions, and practising memory skills are activities that are stimulated.
Problem-solving skills Even completing a simple puzzle is critical in achieving a set goal. Children and toddlers must use their imagination and develop strategies on how to achieve this goal. This involves developing solutions, reasoning skills, and solving skills which they can later use in their adult future lives.
Cognitive skills Puzzles can also assist your the child to understand how following step by step directions can help them achieve goals in life. Colour, letter and spatial awareness skills achieved while playing puzzles are very important. Since all children are unique, puzzles may be their main medium of understanding certain themes such as alphabetical letters.
Hand-eye coordination Making the connection between the eye and the hand is better practiced by puzzles. From a jig saw to crossword puzzle, learning what fits and what does not fit is better done by puzzles. Erasing a word or trying out new pieces and writing in new ones assists a lot on developing this skill. As a matter of fact, children will try over and over again until they see what fits well.
Fine motor development Fine motor skills are very important in everyday’s development. Learning these skills at an early stage will eventually assist them in drawing skills, handwriting, and musical instruments. Based on the kind of puzzles, children are asked to move large and small pieces, twist knobs, circle words or make pieces fit into spaces.
Self-esteem Just like an adult, the accomplishment of a set goal often brings so much satisfaction to a child. Overcoming the challenges involved in solving puzzles gives them a sense of pride and self-esteem. This not only boosts their self-confidence but also prepares them for other challenges in life.
Social skills Puzzles are also great learning tools that enhance and promote corporative play. As children work together to complete puzzles they often discuss where a piece will go and why, share, take turns, and assist each other especially when handling frustrations. Finally, they share the joy of completing the puzzle
Patience Practice makes perfect. As we are told through many stages of our lives. The common misconception of the quote is that if you do something over and over again, you'll get it right. This isn't exactly true. Patience is truly the key here. Developing patience can prove to be difficult in a world of instant gratification. Puzzles could make it a little simpler for you as a parent. In the situation of a difficult puzzle, it's easy for your child to get frustrated. This is when you teach them to step back. Take in all the pieces they have and pay close attention to what is needed and what is missing. Soon enough, they should find their missing piece. All in all, puzzles assist in many areas of a child's development. What makes it even better is that they aren't just for kids. There is a puzzle out there for everyone.