If you have a child in nursery school or early primary, you have probably had their teacher advise that you encourage them to do more puzzles at home?! This activity comes easier and is more enjoyable for some kids than others, but it's necessary to get every child proficient in this activity( whether they like it or not) because puzzles are so important for developing many skills!
I started doing puzzles with my daughter when she was three. She is six now, and she can comfortably build a 100-120peice puzzle. Puzzles were never her favourite thing (and still aren't) but the skills she has developed through this exercise are benefiting her immensely in this foundational stage of building her numeracy and literacy skills.
The following are some of the benefits brought about by puzzle making:
2) Problem solving
4) Pre-reading skills
5)Matching and colour recognition
6) Fine motor control
7) Hand/eye coordination
8) Background/Foreground discrimination
All these skills are so vital for a child to grasp in their early stages in order for them to competently engage and excel at the higher levels of intellectual development. If you want your child to be confident and competent in school and beyond, invest well in these foundational disciplines!
What other benefits of puzzle making can you share with us? What puzzle making benefits have you noticed in your own kids? Does your child enjoy puzzles? What challenges have you faced in this area of puzzle making?