Does your child love sitting on the floor and piecing together a McDonald’s Farm or a fairytale landscape? If yes, consider yourself blessed, for according to recent psychometric analysis conducted on children, jigsaw puzzles can indeed challenge thought processes of a child and help them exercise their minds better, along with their motor responses.
We, at KLAY, love to use puzzles to introduce toddlers to the alphabet, numbers, colours, vegetables and fruits, animals and modes of transport to enhance their logical capabilities. Large floor puzzles are great for pre-school children working in groups or individually. Their multi-coloured shapes and sizes attract children and enhance their spatial awareness. Games like Alphabet Express Floor Puzzle, Bugs Puzzle, Under the Sea Puzzle, Very Hungry Caterpillar Floor (featuring the popular Eric Carle character), Tuzzle Turtles Floor Puzzle, Farm Animals Floor Jigsaw Puzzle, Vegetables in a Row Table Puzzle or the Wild Animal Floor Puzzle are some of the most popular floor puzzle games for toddlers.
Often KLAY co-ordinators have detected hand-eye coordination anomaly in a child through puzzles. Such early detection helps in identifying a developmental problem. In such cases, parents can seek professional help to address the problem. Early detection increases the chance of finding a solution.
Puzzles help to develop spatial and cognitive skills in young children. Researchers working with children say those between the age of 2 and 4 that solve puzzles regularly perform much better when executing tasks that involve translating or rotating shapes. Playing with puzzles enhances social skills too. Accomplishing a goal and solving intricate puzzles boosts self-esteem and self-confidence of a child. If your toddler has a short attention span there is every possibility that he or she will get hooked to any engrossing puzzle and play for hours without complaining.
KLAY recommends a 4-10-piece puzzle for children up to 4 years, for 5-10 years, give them a 10-20 piece puzzle and then go up to a 50 piece puzzle depending on your child’s interest. Word games like crossword puzzles, sudoku, scrabble, letter mix, and letter scramble can help develop the vocabulary of children.
With children out of school, physical distancing as the new norm, and children’s rights under threat, the new world order has “turned back the clock” on years of progress made on children’s well-being. However, it’s not all bad. As a human race, we’ve been built to adapt: we’ve seen a tipping point in technology-enabled education and the promise of a new education policy in our country.