Did you know that January 29 is National Puzzle Day? Who knew!?
Puzzles are fun, but they are also educational. Have you thought about how puzzles can benefit kids in these ways?
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Kids have to use their coordination in order to get the pieces to fit together.
- Language Skills
- By working with others, kids discuss shapes and ask for certain pieces.
- Fine Motor Development
- Maneuvering puzzle pieces around can really build up the tiny muscles!
- Cognitive Skills
- Children practice their memory skills while completing puzzles. They are also working on following directions.
- Problem Solving Skills
- Every puzzle allows a kid to solve a problem, one piece at a time.
- Math Skills
- Kids identify patterns and shapes while working on puzzles.
- Spatial Skills
- Many studies have found kids who work on puzzles at a young age do better on spatial reasoning as they grow older. It shouldn’t be a big surprise since puzzles have kids flipping, sliding, and turning to find the right fit.
- Social Skills
- Puzzles often bring groups together. Kids can talk, ask questions, and share with each other while working as a group.
- Maybe most importantly, finishing a puzzle can bring a kid a great sense of accomplishment and something they can be proud of themselves for!
These benefits are for any puzzle. Imagine how much the educational benefit soars when you bring a specific topic to the puzzle you are having the kids work on! Here are a few of my favorite EDUCATIONAL puzzles that we love!
This Melissa and Doug Human Body Puzzle was SO much fun that even my husband jumped in to help us build it! The kids used the numbered body parts to help them figure out where the pieces went and we talked about what the parts did as we were building. Win-win!
Build the USA on your floor! This floor puzzle includes all 50 states. BONUS–It includes icons for each state too to show something that is popular in that state!
If you live on the East Coast, you may have all the snow you could ever want right now, but there is always room for some FROZEN fun, right!? Plus, working on a puzzle inside means staying warm!
I love these wooden animal puzzles! Not only do they have letters and/or numbers on them, but they are so cute!
To help celebrate National Puzzle week, my Math and CVC puzzle packs are back on sale! The CVC version has a set of puzzles for each short vowel and the math set includes puzzles for skills like numbers, shapes, coins, and telling time. Each set includes differentiated recording sheets if you want to use them at centers.
So, what are you waiting on!? Go get your puzzle on!! And, don’t worry! They aren’t just fun, they are EDUCATIONAL!