In this time of the Covid-19 virus spread, social isolation is at its peak. If you have a toddler in your house, you are probably thinking of ways to divert your child’s attention to things that may help them learn something specifically on child development. As much as possible, you avoid smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets to occupy your children’s attention throughout the day. Classic wooden Jigsaw puzzles might be the solution you need as an old-fashioned approach to entertainment.
Since the 1760s, initially maps printed on hardwood sheets, jigsaw puzzles have existed. It comes in an infinite assemblage of shapes, patterns, and extent of difficulty. A great deal of research shows that solving puzzles impact a child’s physical and emotional, and cognitive development positively. Here’s why wooden jigsaw puzzles are better than gadgets and any other entertainment for your toddler.
Trying to put a puzzle together, manipulating, testing, and turning each piece to see if it fits, is how your child develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Self-correction raises one’s awareness of their errors and correcting them right away, and becoming responsible for their learning. In addition, jigsaw puzzles help create foundations of vital skills needed to overcome problems in later life.
Fine Motor Control
By manipulating, grasping, and placing each piece of the puzzle, your children will develop fine-motor abilities that develop finger muscles’ strength. Fine motor ability will help your child hold a pencil and improve their writing and drawing abilities.
The visuospatial ability refers to the capacity to understand visual and spatial relationships among objects. For instance, in solving the puzzle, your child will form a mental understanding of how each piece fits together to form a whole. This skill is essentially related to math and writing ability in school.
By grasping and placing puzzle pieces together, your child develops hand-eye harmony. However, the ability to coordinate what hand and mind want to do and what eyes see takes a lot of practice. The Jigsaw puzzle is a great way to enhance this skill.
One of the struggles of having a toddler in your home is not knowing what you can do to have your child’s attention focused on one thing. A jigsaw puzzle might help you. Completing a puzzle requires distinct and focused contemplation, an analytical component of grown-up complex critical thinking ability.
When your child is working on completing a puzzle with the help of others, they can develop social skills and abilities. In addition, it creates engagement in conversation with others that expands their abilities.
A sense of persistence is developed while working on a jigsaw puzzle until it is complete. After completing the puzzle, your child also gains a sense of accomplishment for solving the puzzle. In addition, it can boost their self-esteem and independence.
Wooden jigsaw puzzles provide outstanding early childhood development benefits. But, aside from that, it offers an opportunity for family interaction with the toddler. So, while most of the benefits of playing wooden jigsaw puzzles are offered to kids, it is equally beneficial to adults. You will find yourself enjoying completing the puzzle while unconsciously taking off all your worries and stresses for a little while. Ergo, playing jigsaw puzzles can bring the family together.