Written by Tom Holdcroft
It's a puzzling time of year and we don’t just mean the weather. It’s chilly outside, making it the perfect time to snuggle up indoors as a family, and crack open a good puzzle in the warm. Puzzles are a great activity to do together as a family, but did you know that they also have a range of substantial educational benefits as well!
Having fun is one of the best ways to learn through play, and even the simplest of puzzles can have a whole host of educational benefits for your child.
Problem solving is a key cornerstone in a child’s developmental journey, and jigsaws with large pieces that can be manipulated into place, can be tremendously beneficial in building these skill sets.
What’s more, puzzles with vivid, engaging colours, shapes and letters stimulate the brain. When you pair these attributes with the matching and analyzing skills associated with puzzles, the results can lead to notable advances in cognitive development.
Toddlers are in the critical period of their development, taking in so much of the world around them, and learning so many new skills. Sensory puzzles can contribute a huge amount to this process. Sensory toys, such as puzzles, are key in building nerve connections to the brain. These nerve connections pave the way for more complex learning tasks.
The benefits of sensory play, and this type of puzzle in particular, can be seen in all kinds of areas; from developing fine and gross motor skills, to improvements in your child’s social interaction skills, they can even contribute to developments in speech and language.
Once your child has completed a puzzle, you can’t miss the joy and satisfaction is brings them.
We have a wonderful variety of puzzles in our local Kidstuff stores, pop in today, speak to one of our knowledgeable team members and choose the perfect puzzle to start your child’s learning journey in these frosty winter months.
FOR AGES 4+ YEARS
Ravensburger Rainbow Horses 2 x 24 Piece Puzzle
FOR AGES 3+ YEARS
Bello Touch & Feel Farm Puzzle
FOR AGES 6+ YEARS
Sassi Travel Learn Explore The Body Puzzle