Solving puzzles can be interesting as well as a stress-buster for all of us.
A restless child can become calm and attentive, if given a picture or a block puzzle to solve. Puzzling helps the child to be more attentive for minute details and teaches them the importance of patience. In addition, there are many other benefits of solving PUZZLES like
- Physical skills – Puzzle solving helps in developing the Hand- Eye coordination and Fine Motor skills.
- Hand- Eye coordination – Solving puzzles helps the child to make a better connection between the eye and the hand. A keen relationship is developed between what their eyes see, what their hands do and what their brain relate to the information.
- Fine-motor skill – While looking for the solution to a block or a jigsaw puzzle, the child performs small and precise movements with fingers to put the block or the piece of picture puzzle at the right spot. Developing fine-motor skill at an early age will assist them in drawing skills, handwriting, playing musical instrument in later stages.
- Cognitive Skills – Puzzles are available in different topicslike alphabets, colours, numbers, pictures etc. Solving such puzzles increases the child’s visual spatial awareness skills and helps them to understand how following step by step directions assist to achieve the desired goals in life.
- Self-esteem – Solving the puzzles step-by-step by trial and error method and achieving the result boost the confidence of the child. They get a sense of a pride and achievement in the end. This prepares them mentally for the other challenges they may face in latter stages of life.
- Problem-solving skills – Puzzle solving requires the child to take different approaches to try and get a solution. In this way the child learns the value of formulating theories and changing perspectives when things are not working as planned. Developing this skill will help the child to adapt to different working environment with different people in the latter part of life.
- Improves memory – Solving puzzles helps the child to remember shapes, colours and make them visualize the bigger picture to figure out which pieces will fit together. This improves their short-term memory along with their mental speed and thought process. Puzzles also helps in improving vocabulary and overall reasoning skills. It is also said to relieve stress and motive the child to continue working on solving the puzzle till the result is achieved.
We can conclude by promising ourself that we would make it a habit to do some puzzling on a day-to day basis, so that our brain also gets the required exercise and it works to its full potential till the end.