There are some age-appropriate puzzles available for your baby. Puzzles and learning puzzles can help with a number of learning areas, including motor skills, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Young children can benefit from puzzle play in many different ways, such as learning and also for entertainment purposes. They are one of the best learning toys you can invest in for young children, and if you take good care of them, you can pass them on to younger siblings, cousins, or family friends. Read on for helpful information on how to do puzzles with your child.
Doing puzzles together with the little ones generates interest in the problem-solving attributes that puzzles bring. Younger children generally enjoy doing new things, such as learning activities, with their parents first. It’s a great individual activity to do with your kids. You can start by teaching your toddler how to put the pieces of a puzzle together, and in no time, your little one can choose to lead the way and eventually do the activity on their own.
There are some simple yet challenging puzzle options for toddlers that include board puzzles in which numbers or letters are placed in the slots. By talking about the puzzle and identifying the pieces, you will help develop early reading skills and letter and number recognition. Some puzzles can help with other areas as well, such as geography, telling time, learning about anatomy, nursery rhymes, letters of the alphabet, numbers, animals, and more.
If your child seems disinterested at first, don’t give up. It may take a few tries before interest builds and / or before the skill is mastered. Once your child has done a puzzle several times, you may want to rotate that activity so he doesn’t get bored too quickly. Many parents will also share puzzles with other families and rotate these educational activities so that others can enjoy a puzzle that has been played many times. Keeping them in their box and encouraging children to put them away quickly after playing minimized the missing pieces and the frustration of dealing with trying to complete a puzzle and realizing that you don’t have all the pieces.
As your child grows, there are more advanced options to develop learning skills or to help promote new skills. And puzzles can also entertain, too, with your child’s favorite hobby or TV character.