Often when we think of puzzles, we consider them a simple toy or source of amusement. But did you know that the benefits of puzzles extend far beyond enjoyment?
Benefits of Puzzles for Children
Educational Benefits of Puzzles
We easily recognize that puzzles benefit children. Mostly they are seen as an educational tool used to teach concepts such as the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and more. Puzzles are great for teaching these concepts because they are a self-correcting learning tool. Children start to see and understand that only one piece will fit in each spot. They also learn the letter or shape associated with that space. Problem solving and spacial recognition skills are built when children manipulate the pieces to see how they fit together. Memory is also strengthened when children work the puzzle repeatedly. They begin to remember which piece fits where and the concept associated with that piece.
Children also gain benefits from puzzles that are for entertainment purposes. A puzzle with their favorite cartoon character is as beneficial as an educational puzzle. An entertaining puzzle still builds+ their cognitive skills. Skills such as problem solving and paying attention are practiced as children sort the puzzle pieces and place them together. Fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination are also improved as they manipulate the puzzle pieces. Puzzles give kids an activity that require concentration and focus. This benefits you! Now you can get stuff done while your child is happily engaged with their puzzle!
Choosing the Best Puzzle for the Most Benefit
Choose a puzzle that engages and challenges your child. If a puzzle is too easy they may become bored, but if it is too hard they may give up. When the puzzle is at their level or just a little bit beyond the puzzle will also help build their patience and perseverance. It is a good idea to start children with wooden puzzles with larger pieces and then progress to jigsaw puzzles with 24 – 48 pieces. After they have mastered these they can move onto larger jigsaw puzzles. We carry puzzles for all skill levels.
Benefits of Puzzles for Adults
As adults we aren't usually still concerned with developing our fine motor skills or learning certain concepts. But puzzles still benefit adults as well. Think about the skills that are used in working puzzles that we use in our jobs or homes. Working a larger puzzle with 500 – 1000 pieces is not usually a task that can be completed in one sitting. Completing a large puzzle requires project management and goal setting skills. Putting a puzzle together may not help you in your job, but it can help you strengthen the skills you use in your job.
Puzzles are also a great way to relax. Putting a puzzle together requires that you focus. Focusing on the picture in the puzzle can help relieve stress.
Working on puzzles daily such as suduko, crossword puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles have all been shown to help combat degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Dementia. Even among adults who have already developed these conditions puzzles are being used as a therapy, both because the activity is calming and they improve memory and cognitive function.
Benefits of Puzzles for the Family
Puzzles are a wonderful family activity. We have already seen that puzzles benefit both the young, old, and everywhere in between, but puzzles also benefit you as a family. When you work on a puzzle as a family it helps you work together toward a common goal. Cooperation helps build family unity. Puzzles are also a great conversation piece. Working together fosters communication and the pictures on the puzzle spurs conversation. We carry several collage puzzles that are sure to get you reminiscing and talking.