Puzzles are a great way for children to exercise their finger muscles and develop their fine motor development. They are also great to encourage and support problem solving skills; children will have to problem solve when looking at where the different pieces go. You can support your child with positive and encouraging language. Instead of showing them where the piece goes if they can’t figure it out, use language such as ‘Why don’t you try and turn it around’ or ‘How about you try another piece’ it is really important for children to think for themselves and be creative in their thinking. Children can also use the same puzzle again and again, they will begin to master the puzzle but continue to learn new skills.
If you do not have any jigsaws in your home - that’s not a problem. You can make your own jigsaws. Here, our teachers have made a jigsaw out of a cereal packet.
- Fine motor skills and finger muscle development. Develop your child’s fine motor skills and finger muscles as they manipulate the jigsaw pieces with their fingers.
- By using their hands to control how they complete the jigsaw, they’re developing their hand-eye coordination
- Jigsaws require an element of problem solving- something that children can improve on with practice.
- Students will also be able to develop their creativity and imagination skills as well.
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Ask your child
- Can you find where this piece goes?
- Does it fit in another space?
- What can you see on the puzzle?
- Do you need help?