Do you want your child to be an engineer or mathematician? Make puzzles with them. USA researchers published a study proving that children who spend time putting together puzzles had more spatial skills than those who played other sorts of games. “Participation of children in this type of game is a relatively easy and economic way to enhance the development of a type of cognition that will imply success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics”, the researchers stated.
We have listed the 6 principal benefits of puzzles in the cognitive development of children. We also present some of the Aplikids educational puzzles you can use to stimulate all these skills:
Fine motor skills: The stage in which the skill of holding and handling objects with their hands develops most quickly is from the age of 18 months to 3 years. The stimulation of this skill can be strengthened, by having the child grow up surrounded by all sorts of materials that they can handle. Puzzles are perfect materials to develop this skill at an early age. It is recommended to begin with puzzles that have only a few large pieces and then increase the number of pieces and make them thinner.
Concentration: Puzzles make the child aware, to solve a challenge at that specific moment and therefore the child must concentrate, which is indispensable for their educational development.
Visual memory: Remembering the illustration, the situation of the elements in it and how they are located in space exercises the visual memory of your children.
Spatial skills and mathematics: There are lots of different puzzles, puzzles in layers, in 3D, with pieces that are superimposed on each other or that have to pass through holes in space. The drawings or images are divided into a specific number of pieces, so the number of pieces that comprise the puzzle or the pieces left to finish it can be counted or subtracted, so kids can practice mathematical language.
Developing logic: A piece matches another because they share a color or similarity. The children’s logic will show them if the pieces are correctly or incorrectly placed, without needing the supervision of an adult.
Visual-spatial intelligence: The skill of perceiving the world in images is important for developing activities such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.