When I came across the colorful wooden puzzles and toys from The Puzzled One on Etsy, I knew I had to share them with you here at B-Inspired Mama. I am thrilled that Jeannette from The Puzzled One signed on as a sponsor of B-Inspired Mama and am honored to share her thoughts about the benefits of puzzles for children…
The Benefits of Wooden Puzzles for Children
Wooden Puzzles are an important learning tool that can be used with children to enhance child development. The following are just a few of the many benefits that can be gained when using this incredibly well rounded learning tool.
1. Puzzles are a Self Correcting Learning Tool
When Children attempt to place a puzzle piece in it’s place it will only fit if it is placed properly in the right space. The act of manipulating each piece, turning it and testing the fit, is the way children learn to problem solve and develop critical thinking.
2. Language Skills
Puzzles offer children an opportunity to develop many language skills. When a child asks for a certain piece they will often describe what they are looking for. For example, the round piece, the blue bumpy piece, etc. Puzzles are often used when working with Autistic children who have delayed speech ability as a playful tool to encourage speech.
3. Math Skills
Puzzles teach children several basic math concepts as well. While working with a puzzle children learn to categorize and organize pieces while doing that they are able to classify and label the pieces as well.
4. Eye-Hand Coordination
Wooden puzzles build eye-hand coordination. The ability to coordinate what the eye sees, the mind wants to do, and what the hands can accomplish takes a lot of practice. Puzzles offer an enjoyable way to practice this skill while encouraging independence.
5. Fine Motor Ability
Puzzles offer a fun way to develop fine motor ability. Children need to develop strength in the muscles in their fingers so that they can grasp things and hold onto them. This will later give them the ability to hold a pencil.
6. Social Skills
Wooden Puzzles offer opportunities to expand social skills as well. When children work cooperatively to complete a puzzle they engage in conversation. They develop a plan to solve the puzzle, they take turns and help each other solve problems as they arise.
7. Developing Persistence
When a child works on a puzzle until completion the child is developing persistence. Once the puzzle is solved the child can feel a sense of accomplishment which boosts his independence and self esteem.
8. Adaptable and Abstract Thinking
Children use adaptable thinking and deductive reasoning skills when they find different ways to put the pieces together. They gain the ability to think abstractly when they are able to see negative space, like the space where a puzzle piece may fit, and figure out what type of shape would be needed to fill that space.
9. Spur Imagination and Creativity
Playing with mosaic puzzles encourages imagination and creativity. The colors and shapes of the mosaic pieces serve to stimulate brain cells and encourage prolonged interest when arranging the pieces in endless designs.
In conclusion, wooden puzzles like the ones offered at www.puzzled1.com are an incredible learning tools. I believe that of all the educational toys, wooden puzzles are the most versatile and well rounded learning tool you can purchase for your child because they offer a host of valuable educational benefits that support child development.
About the Author
Jeannette Aragon is a former early childhood education teacher of 16 years. She Worked with children from 6 months to 7 years of age. She is certified in early childhood education and child development as well as administration of an early childhood center.
Jeannette is also the owner of Puzzled – Handcrafted Wooden Puzzles and Toys and the web site www.puzzled1.com where she sells wooden puzzles that she has handmade. All of her wooden puzzles available for purchase at www.puzzled1.com were designed to aid in the development of children as discussed in the above article.
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Shannon Colclough says
I love puzzles I like to use them in my tutoring sessions when working with my kiddos.
Baby Blessings Playgroup Lonehill says
Children at our playgroup and preschool love playing with puzzles, a great way of learning through play!
Puzzles game it very good for chldrens. it incresess catching power and sharp the brain..
Victor Figo says
Awesome post! this things are not noticeable by parents that is why in giving such information like this is significant for them. it will help those parents who look for advantages of playing puzzle games for childre.
you have chosen great way to describe about the puzzles. i never know these different angles about puzzles. thanks for the great post
maryanne @ mama smiles says
I love identifying the learning potential of everyday play activities like this! Puzzles can teach a LOT!
Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory 🙂
Jennifer Fischer says
We love puzzles and this is a great reminder of how much learning happens through using them.
Sarah @ Stay at Home Eductaor says
I think that everyone knows puzzles are good for kids, but this is the first time I've actually read as explanation as to why. Thank you!
andie jaye says
some great points i never thought of! thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!
WE LOVE puzzles here at our playschool. The children do several daily!
Barbara Allisen says
Puzzles are super for learning and for fun! They can also help with prereading skills, like part-to-whole relationships and “reading” shapes. At http://www.123kindergarten.com I've blogged about puzzles too.
Krissy Sherman Bonning says
Oh – I'll go check it out!
Great article, will be referencing it often! thanks!
Krissy Sherman Bonning says
Yes – Jeannette did a great job! Thanks for visiting. 🙂