The Educational value of puzzles
There cannot be many amongst us parents who don’t enjoy time spent doing a good quality jigsaw puzzle with our child and many companies promote their children’s puzzles to us by suggesting that they have a special educational value. So what exactly do our children gain from time spent doing a good old fashioned jigsaw?
Well the skills acquired and practiced in completing jigsaw puzzles are actually a fundamental part of your child’s learning and development and what’s more, completing a jigsaw involves more than one type of learning aptitude, so they’re great for children with different ways of learning.
Cognitive thinking about puzzles.
Doing a puzzle helps your child develop the ability to reason, to deduce, to analyze and to develop logical thought and problem solving skills. They can even help increase visual awareness and comprehension of relationships.
Doing a jigsaw will also help develop your child’s shape recognition (a necessary pre-reading skill) and for those children with an auditory learning preference (rather than a hands on practical approach) conversation about the puzzle and its subject, is a great way to help and improve learning.
Piecing it together
Eye-hand coordination, spatial awareness and motor skills are also required and improved when your child completes a jigsaw or puzzle and they are a great source of opportunity for “kinaesthetic learners” too (kinaesthetic learners learn best by practical, hands on activities).
Social and Emotional Skills
Doing a puzzle can be frustrating for your child but it teaches them patience, determination as well as delivering a sense of achievement. What’s more when done together as a family, your child has to learn how to share, cooperate and take part as a team.
Overall learning experience
However the greatest educational benefit comes when a jigsaw puzzle is done as part of a bigger pattern of learning, in other words along side conversation, reading or drawing about a particular subject. A good quality puzzle can introduce a new subject as well as reinforce learning about something your child already knows about.
Get puzzling with one of our jigsaws and get your child off to a great start.
Any time spent doing a jigsaw puzzle with your child will be meaningful and memorable and they’re a great gift, packed full of learning and potential. So if you’re thinking of buying a kid’s jigsaw, have a look at our extensive range of Crocodile Creek, Haba, Janod and Plus Plus puzzles.
Our selection is carefully chosen so that we bring you the very best value and quality children’s puzzles, so that you can give your children a great start to their learning and development and yourself some great memories of time spent together. Browse our range of puzzles and look out for our next blog on how to get the most of puzzle time with your children.