Everything you need to know about toddler jigsaw puzzles
When it comes to brain-teasing games, toddler jigsaw puzzles usually come in handy. These puzzles commonly involve a series of tessellating and interlocking puzzles where a kid has to arrange them in order until a complete or desired picture is obtained. For advanced types of jigsaw puzzles, they involve spherical jigsaws and some optical illusions.
The original toddler puzzles involved kids painting pictures on either rectangular or flat piece of wood and finally cutting that picture using a jigsaw. The famous person recognized for commercializing jigsaw puzzles is John Spilsbury in 1960s. Today most jigsaw puzzles are made of cardboard and sometimes frames, cases, and roll-up mats.
Most toddler jigsaw puzzles consist of ordinary objects such as buildings, animals, plants, nature, and other repetitive designs. Initially, jigsaw puzzles were of mountains and castles where kids were to fix the pieces until the whole picture comes into reality. However, any picture can be, and some custom companies use photographs when coming up with these puzzles.
Jigsaw puzzles construction
Most of the jigsaw puzzles are made of wood, but some companies have incorporated the use of paperboard since they are relatively cheaper and easier during the construction. For toddler wooden puzzles they are relatively easier since they use simple pictures and design that kids can solve with ease. The puzzle should be interlocking in such a way that if you move one piece horizontally, the whole adjacent pieces should also move.
Conventional jigsaw puzzles are either rectangular, square or round. One edge of the piece should be straight or curved smoothly to create a definite shape. For the shapes of plants or animals, the edges of pieces usually vary in most cases.
Importance of toddler jigsaw puzzles
No matter how basic they are, jigsaw puzzles give quantifiable benefits to kids. These include:
- Developing cognitive skills- when kids play such puzzles, they get to learn more skills that include making choices, knowing the first moves first and solving problem skills. The pieces are placed at random and toddlers usually have to search and place them in a specific order. Through this kids also learn how to exercise patience.
- Enhances learning skills- jigsaw puzzles introduce kids to the world around them. These include different animals, castles, buildings et cetera. They also get to learn shapes and colors that are important as far as learning is concerned.
- Improves social skills- when kids solve the puzzles with other kids they enhance their social skills that are important for general well-being.