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By Vipasha

Benefits of introducing puzzles at an early age.

Children of all age groups love puzzles. But what about the pre-schoolers? They too love putting the pieces together to complete it but only if it is given as per their age. For a one-year-old, 20-piece puzzle or any other puzzle is of no use. For them it’s good to offer a 2-piece puzzle which they can learn by trial and error method. For that matter Early Puzzles are a great option. As they are the self-correcting puzzles. Being self-correcting, toddlers can solve them by matching edges. They provide a foundation towards arousing curiosity to know more. Once solved, these puzzles improve self-esteem and confidence in the child. During the preschool years, children should be doing them regularly and should be able to complete more difficult puzzles with smaller pieces as they get older.

Puzzles are interesting, mind-bending and packed with colorful fun. They are quite simple; all you have to do is put pieces together to make a whole. Besides puzzles being a fun part it is an important learning tool for toddlers as they provide many skills and cognitive learning benefits and opportunities. From improving upon their memory and fine motor skills to sharpening problem-solving skills or polishing shape recognition techniques, puzzles for kids do it all. Puzzles are a great tool for the overall development of your child.

Here are some of the top benefits of puzzles to early childhood development:

Fine motor skills: For toddlers it’s not easy to hold things. They are quite clumsy and often drop things after banging it on the floor. This is because they are too young and are still building motor skills. Puzzles help in developing fine motor skills in which they could put together small pieces on their own allowing the movement of their wrists, fingers, hands, feet and toes.

Cognitive skills: Puzzles come in a whole range of themes and topics such as shapes, colours, fruits, numbers, alphabets etc. It increases their visual awareness and develops deeper understanding of those themes and topics.

Vocabulary: Puzzles help in development of vocabulary skills. Each time your child completes a puzzle, he gets to know a new word and since he has solved the puzzle, he can remember the word and its meaning lifelong.

Able to recognize shapes: While putting together the pieces of puzzles, toddlers get to learn and recognize different shapes. First parents introduce them to the basic shapes such as square, circle, rectangle and triangle. Then these puzzles master them in recognizing shapes.

Sense of accomplishment: We often see when toddlers are done completing their work. They begin to say done! Come and see! The same happens when they have put together the last piece of their puzzle and it’s completed. There is a feeling of satisfaction. They feel happy and excited to show that to everyone.

Memory: Puzzles keep the kid’s mind active and working. It is quite helpful in memorising. This may often happen that your kid might have seen that object or colour somewhere and they remember it. Thus, they are able to put together the two pieces to complete it.

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