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10 Benefits of Puzzles for Children

10 Benefits of Puzzles for Children

Puzzles not only help to keep children involved but also improve their memory and vocabulary. Know more about the top 10 benefits of playing with puzzles for children.

Many parents buy puzzles for their children just to make them sit quiet for some time and let them relax too. On the other hand, experts are of the opinion that puzzles are an important means of learning that can help enhance overall development of the child. Read on to learn how playing with puzzles can aid in child development.

Advantages of Puzzles for Children

Let us have a look at the top 10 benefits of puzzles for children.

  1. Develop Eye and Hand Coordination

    Initially children use trial and error method to solve the puzzle and this needs lot of concentration and right coordination of eye and hand. The child will have to try and remove one or more parts of the puzzle when trying to solve the puzzle and this requires eye and hand manipulation.
  2. Problem Solving

    Puzzles are in pieces that have to be joined properly. This shows a clear problem that needs to be carefully solved. Unlike others, puzzles have only one solution and so the child keeps trying till he succeeds. This is worthwhile and meaningful and so the children should be provided with many experiences.
  3. Cognitive Skills

    Puzzles help develop reasoning skills and problem solving capability of the child. It also helps increase their visual special awareness and depending on the subject matter on which the puzzles are based, they happen to learn varieties of topics like vocabulary, colours, alphabet, numbers, shapes, vehicles, animals and many more.
  4. Sorting and Classifying

    Puzzles have to be sorted out before solving. Some children like to sort and classify parts of the puzzles through colours while some sort them on the basis of designs.
  5. Vocabulary Skills

    One of the most significant advantages of offering puzzles to children is development of vocabulary skills which remain unobserved. Each time your child completes a puzzle, he is introduced to a new word and since he has solved the puzzle, he can remember the word and its meaning for his entire life.
  6. Improve Memory Skills

    Children like to repeat solving same puzzle over and over again and this makes his memory sharp. They stop and think and recall how to solve a specific puzzle and this helps sharpen their brains also.
  7. Fine Motor Skills

    Solving puzzles help children develop fine motor skills which are very important in day to day life. They learn to grasp big and small pieces of puzzles and concentrate to make them fit in the space provided in order to complete the puzzle. Some puzzles even require twisting knobs to make the parts fit in or needs to be pressed to fit in the space. All these activities help the child develop strength in his fingers and use them to grasp things and hold onto them as well.
  8. Best Learning Tool

    Puzzles are the best learning tools for small children. Children need to place the puzzles on exact place because they fit in only when placed properly. Kids have to place each puzzle, turn them and make sure they fit in properly before proceeding to another piece of the puzzle.
  9. Social Skills

    Puzzles can be worked on cooperatively to get completed and this helps develop social skills in children.
  10. Confidence Building

    Since children solve the puzzles independently, their self confidence gets boosted up.

The benefits of puzzles are not limited to the above mentioned 10 benefits. There are also many other benefits of puzzles for children. Puzzles are open-ended and imaginative. A little bit of one part and a little bit of another part of the puzzle fits in making your child rounded, creative and happy as well. The best thing about puzzles is that children love to play with them and the puzzles help them develop their educational skills not only at home but also in school as well.

Which are the different types of puzzles for children? What are the benefits of puzzles for children? How can puzzles aid in development of memory and motor skills? Discuss here.

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Priya.8 years ago
puzzles are also fun to do! And let me spend quality time with my child. Many times he shares our puzzles at Orchids with his friends.
Varsha.8 years ago
My husband and I play with my daughter with my daughter "Hide and Seek". We see a lot of improvement in her cognitive skills. We are also going to try puzzles. Thanks! :)
Prajakta.8 years ago
Yaa, I agree with you...even my daughter gets very busy when she plays with puzzles.
Kirti.8 years ago
Puzzles are very good. My child spends lot of time playing with puzzles.
Riddhi.8 years ago
Very Nice Article...I did not know that puzzles can be so good for the development of children.
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