Everyone from babies to grown ups can have fun with puzzles. Some people find them frustrating, whilst others love the challenge! In a world of fast responses, instant satisfaction and technology to grant it, there is something really nice about slowing down to complete a puzzle. Kids can develop a range of skills when working on puzzles and they can have fun in the process!
Babies will typically start with large knob wooden inset (or insert) puzzles. Often the picture of the puzzle is printed in the inset section, the knob is large and easy to hold for little hands.
Toddlers will enjoy slightly harder inset puzzles with more options and bright colourful pictures. They will also start to put two, three and maybe four piece interlocking puzzles together.
Preschoolers will enjoy layered inset puzzles and more complicated interlocking puzzles (approximately 20-50 pieces). They might be more confident with interlocking puzzles that are within a wooden frame which have the picture underneath to match. Preschoolers also love really large floor puzzles (that are bigger than themselves)!
School age children (and adults) will progressively accomplish very complicated interlocking pieces (50+ pieces). The speed of progression will be different for each child, however, your school age child will develop interest in non-traditional puzzles too. This may include 3D models, Tangrams and games (such as Rubik's cubes and Q Twist).
There are so many benefits in encouraging your kids with puzzles:
I'm working on a 1000 piece puzzle whilst Miss 8 works on her first 500 piece puzzle. Whilst there have already been cries of frustration followed by moments of triumph (for both of us), I think she might finish first! Bring on the summer holidays!
Do your kids like puzzles? Do you?
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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