How Do Puzzles Help with Child Development?
Puzzles help with the different facets of child development. First, children can further develop and practice their problem-solving skills. Second, they can start to build their confidence because they feel they know how to figure things out (as long as they put in some time and effort). This confidence can help them in their overall learning and everyday activities (especially when interacting with other children).
In addition, solving puzzles can help children further develop their fine motor grip. When they work with small objects and put them together, they get to use their hands and fingers more. Several puzzles actually require delicate handling and manipulation. With this practice, children can better grasp different objects and might even help them with their handwriting (holding a pencil, pen or crayon requires a fine motor grip).
A fun learning opportunity for kids
Aside from helping children with their overall development, solving puzzles can also let your children have more fun. They will feel delight and joy whenever they figure things out and accomplish things on their own (especially after some time and hard work in solving a single puzzle).
Through puzzles, children can also learn how to take risks and experiment in a small scale and safe environment. They can also learn that small mistakes are normal and they can just move on and try again. Children can also start to realise that they could try things out first before they know for sure if it works.
Because of these benefits, you might want your child to try and solve more puzzles. Here are some ways to do that or get started:
- Start small (don’t start with a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle)
- Give your child enough unstructured playtime (more time and freedom to try things out)
- Ensure that the place where your child solves the puzzles is safe and well-lit
With enough playtime and with support from parents, children can naturally practice their problem-solving skills and further develop their confidence as they figure things out on their own. This will also give them a sense of accomplishment which can boost their confidence. This is valuable in their preparation for big school and beyond.