Benefits of Wooden Puzzles
Wooden puzzles are great gift to give children of all ages. Puzzles help children develop fine motor skills, problem solving skills and social skills. Wooden puzzles are great because they will stand up to the rough and tough play that young children exhibit. Jigsaw Puzzles exercise spatial awareness, problem solving, critical thinking, and fine motor skills!
There are many different types of wooden puzzles on the markets. For babies they consist more of matching the wooden puzzle piece into a cutout shape on a board. This can help babies to learn what the image is by repeating over and over what the the puzzle piece is. Babies need to be exposed to verbal language throughout their infancy to develop language and this is just an alternative to reading books. The puzzles geared for infants are usually basic shapes, letters, animal or food.
As the child becomes older, images are made into 6-12 piece wooden puzzles. The toddler age can really enjoy a sense of accomplishment completing a small puzzle like this. It is also a great time to spend with your child and helping him figure out the puzzle. Wooden pieces at this age really stand up to the many attempts of fitting the piece into the wrong one. Toddlers need hands on time with toys to help develop their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills and putting together a puzzle allows them this developmental skill.
Puzzles are also a great opportunity for children to learn social play and taking turns. Getting a larger puzzle and letting several kids work on it together can be a great activity. Parents can also get involved in the puzzling for more quality time with their children. The many different wooden learning puzzles available can help teach the child how to spell their name with wood piece that fit into a cutout. There are also some that when the puzzle piece is a match the animal or vehicle will make a sound to give instant gratification that the child is correct.