Benefits of puzzles in early childhood development
Children intelligence depend on the activities the get indulged in. From their birth to age five, is the most critical stage of children mind development. Almost 85% of their core brain structure by the time they are five years old. The things they learn at this age remain with them all their life.
So you have to be very careful in choosing activities for your kids. Because parents play the main role in forming their child’s brain. Indulge your toddlers in healthy activities that help their mind and body.
What better way to stimulate the brain by solving puzzles, it doesn’t only help in making kid’s mind sharp but has so many other benefits. In this article, I am going to talk about the benefits of puzzles in early childhood development.
solving a puzzle is an intellectual activity. There are different types of puzzles, some come in shapes, colours, pictures, fruits, vegetable, numbers and alphabets to solve any puzzle children have to think, remember, learn, reason, and pay attention to the detail of puzzle. That’s how puzzles improve cognitive skills.
solving a puzzle is physical activity. There is a different kind of puzzles but each puzzle requires the physical movement of the child. The hold the piece and fit in the board. For a toddler even fitting the puzzle piece in the box requires physical skills and puzzle games enhances such skills.
Puzzles games are also very effective when it comes to teaching your child socializing. If a group of children starts solving a puzzle, they start talking and helping each other in order to solve the puzzle. They take their turns that teaches the child how the group play works. This is a great way to promote cooperative play.
puzzle takes time to solve, children are not only required to use their mind in solving it but they have to be patient also. So by solving puzzle children learn patience to get rewarded when they complete the puzzle.
The most valuable and important skill for a child is the skill of solving the problem. Puzzles are very effective for developing these skills. All types of puzzle, easy or difficult, set a goal to achieve. And children think about strategies to solve the puzzle, they look at different boxes and think which box will fit in and which not. But to develop this skill, parents should let the children solve it, whether they do it fast or takes some time. Because every step in solving the puzzle brings the understanding of how to achieve the goal.
Boost the confidence
The accomplishment of achieving the goal develops so much confidence to a child. And this confidence helps the child to indulge in more difficult activities. Puzzles are very helpful in boosting the confidence of a child. Puzzles challenge the mind of a child and by accomplishing the challenge children feel a sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. It also prepares them for other challenges in life.
Puzzles provide the opportunity to make the child’s memory crisp and sharp. To solve the puzzle they try to remember the actual picture of the puzzle in the mind and keep it in their mind until the solve it. And that act as a mental exercise for the brain which enhances the child’s memory.
Puzzles can enhance motor skills of the child, both gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills are required in large actions like running, walking, swimming, etc. whereas fine motor skills are involved in small and precise movements like handwriting and typing. So the large puzzle pieces and stacking puzzle games improve the gross motor skills. And the small puzzles where children wrist, finger get involved in to get puzzled pieces in exactly the right spot, that type of puzzles help in developing fine motor skills.
Both types of motor skills are extremely important for a child, so parents should pick a different type of puzzles for their kids according to their child’s age.
Puzzle improves the coordination between eye brain and hand. In order to solve the puzzle children see the puzzle pieces, try to understand how the puzzle needs to look or what piece needs to be found and placed, they make strategies to solve it and then finally use their hands to fit the puzzle pieces together accurately. For young toddlers it is a very healthy and effective activity they learn the coordination between their eyes-brain and hands. They learn the steps to solve the problems. First, they have to observe, then think and then finally act accordingly.
In the different age group, you should give your child different type of puzzles, you can start with the simplest one and then keep giving them more complex puzzles according to their age. Which type of puzzles you should give to your child in a different age, you can read about it in my other article.