Many of you have long known that puzzles present many benefits for a child's early development, from starting with simple knobbed puzzles outlined in simple shapes fitting into corresponding cut-out boards to more complex still houses of real-world objects that take more brainpower and consideration. 

Puzzles are a great way to keep children entertained while serving as an educational tool. Puzzles challenge children's thinking and exercise their minds. Please find below some of life's benefits of presenting children with puzzles early on in their development. 

1. Concentration

We can't stress enough that puzzles are such an excellent tool to build concentration skills in children. Experts say you can expect your little one to concentrate for 2 to 5 minutes times their age. That means a 3-year-old may be able to concentrate on a task for 6 to 15 minutes while a 4-year-old, 8 to 20 minutes. Paying attention means possessing the ability to focus on one thing for a sustainable period. Working on puzzles until completion gives kids a chance to work on one task uninterrupted. 


2. Cognitive skills 

We have observed that puzzles have increased visual-spatial awareness in children while developing a deeper understanding of themes and topics. These themes and topics may include alphabet letters, shapes, numbers, colors, and more. Moreover, puzzles serve as a tool to help young children understand and memorize concepts.


3. Topic-specific 

Puzzles are often designed to cover different topics, which will help your child learn various life skills from different perspectives. From animals to habitats, parts of the body, and many more interesting subjects, our puzzles will help kids become familiar with just about anything. Name a subject that your child may be interested in; we probably have a puzzle for them to further their understanding and skill. 

Jigsaw Jungle's puzzles for beginners teach children about many topics. There are so many beautiful puzzles to chose from including: animals, flowers, trees, fish, space, solar systems, sports, shapes, building, professions  and many more, making them a perfect learning tool. You may further educate your child by talking to them about the images on the puzzle. This will build your little one's vocabulary and subject area knowledge. 

4. Language

Some children are chatterboxes, and others are quieter. But all kids can benefit from hearing and learning new words. While trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle, children are typically interested to learn about the images they are assembling. They often ask their parents or siblings questions about the puzzle's theme or objects, such as the different types of animals and plants they may be working with. These questions and rising curiosity help them learn new and exciting words while developing their speech.


5. Memory

While puzzles keep your kids' minds active, they are astounding for practicing and enhancing memory. Puzzles increase the brain's speed of connections, making one of the most important organs we have much more efficient. Because kids often assembly the same puzzle over and over again, they might recall which pieces go together. This is another way to boost their memory. 


6. Social Skills

Assembling a jigsaw puzzle with others requires cooperation and communication. While working with a jigsaw puzzle, little ones have the chance to practice their social skills. From asking for help in finding a piece to resolving a mini disagreement, kids learn important lessons as they work with each other. 

7. Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are small movements that use those tinier fingers, toes, and wrists muscles. While playing with puzzles, children must pick up, pinch, and grasp small pieces and then move them around to sort, fit and solve, improving those fine motor skills.


Bottom Line

A puzzle's benefits are vast, from fine motors to language and problem-solving skills to boost one's self-esteem. This educational toy is so important for children to learn cognitive, physical, and emotional skills, which will support them throughout life as they grow into extraordinary human beings. Who knows, your child may be a few puzzles away from being a brain surgeon. Shop now to find the right fit for you and your little puzzle solver.