Kids love investigating things and trying to work out how things work and what they do. That’s why their curious minds are just perfect for trying to solve puzzles. From the infant’s first glimmer of curiosity to the pre-schoolers out and out nosiness, all kid love to try and get their heads around things. This curiosity is what helps them learn and digest information, and they can use the wide variety of word, picture and number puzzles available to build upon and enhance their development.
There are all manner of kids’ puzzles available these days, from puzzles for infants right the way through to puzzles for young children. And these activities can help your child to develop and really build upon basic literacy, numeracy and artistic skills. The type of puzzle you invest in will depend upon the age of your child – obviously, putting a jigsaw in front of a six-month-old infant is likely to result in chewed up pieces of jigsaw all over the lounge carpet.
As an infant, your child will only just be beginning to develop, but you can still enjoy baby puzzles such based around shapes and colours. There are some very simple yet effective baby puzzles around, where your infant will learn to identify shapes and slot them into the correct holes. These puzzles are small so as not to confuse the infant, and the bright colours and contrasts used by manufacturers makes these puzzles irresistible to infants.
Once your child reaches toddler age, you can start to look at something a little more complex. Figuring out numbers and letters becomes a fascination at this age, and you can select all kinds of fun puzzles from counting to making words with letter blocks. You can also invest in some very simple jigsaw puzzles at this age, and your toddler will enjoy whiling away the time trying to work out which piece goes where. It is a good idea, particularly at this age, to involve your child in puzzles that involve numbers, letters and pictures as well as sound. This will enable your toddler to develop in all areas at this important developmental time.
As your children grow, you can start to enjoy more difficult puzzles with them. Start looking at progressively difficult jigsaw puzzles, which will teach them the art of patience as well as solving problems. You can also enjoy a wide range of number and word puzzles that can help your young child to develop both problem solving skills and stamina. The advancement in technology means that you can now get some great kids’ puzzles for computers as well. Software advancements make the puzzles fun and realistic, and you child will enjoy stimulating the mind as well as learning the basics of computers, an important aspect of most school curriculum these days. And you might want to invite one of your child’s friends over so that they can work on the puzzle together, teaching them how to solve problems together and how to share information to help one another.
The wide range of puzzles on the market today can really help your child, from infancy to pre-school, in a number of ways. These activities can help to stimulate your child’s mind, help her to develop problem solving skills, help her to learn the virtues of patience and enable her to think things through.
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