Puzzles are more than just a fun thing to play with, but they also can teach so many important skills. Not only can they be educational and teach things like numbers, colors, and letters, but they also help develop physical motor skills that toddlers are still trying to master.
Puzzles Help Develop Physical Skills In Toddlers
It takes eye hand coordination for a toddler to put a puzzle together. This is still a skill they are learning to master and puzzles can definitely help when they are done on a regular basis.
Putting together a puzzle also takes fine motor skills to be able to grab the puzzle piece and manipulate it into the correct space. Developing these skills as a toddler helps a child as they get older with such things as handwriting, coloring, and using scissors.
Puzzles Help Toddlers Learn About Lots of Things
If you have a toddler who is interested in dinosaurs you can buy him a dinosaur puzzle that helps him learn the names of all the different dinosaurs. If you have a toddler interested in butterflies you can find puzzles that explain the lifecycles of butterflies. These are great ways to sneak in learning with puzzles when your toddler is already interested in a subject.
Most parents realize that repetitive actions like putting puzzles together are one of the best ways to learn. So, when you buy your toddler a 1-10 counting puzzle over time they will start to count easily and it will be fun. This is the best way to teach young kids when you makes things easy and fun then they are eager to learn more.
There are all kinds of educational puzzles for toddlers such as counting, ABCs, shapes, colors, science subjects, and animals.
What Puzzles Are the Best to Buy for a Toddler?
If you look at just about every puzzle that is sold they will have an age recommendation for the item. Your best bet is starting out following those recommendations and going from there to see how well your child does with the puzzles.
Chunky wood puzzles are a great starting point for most toddlers. Look for ones that have pegs if you want to make it really easy on your little one or if you have an older toddler you can find ones that are free-form and don’t have the marked spots were the puzzles pieces are to go.
A good recommendation is to start off with about 10-12 piece puzzles first for younger toddlers around age 2 and then once they get older they will work up to the 24 or more piece puzzles.
At first your toddler is going to need parental help with just about any puzzle until they get done how to do the puzzle. Once they get older don’t be surprised when they tell you they can do it themselves.
For children ages 3 and younger you want to stick with chunkier, wood or wood-like pieces rather than flimsy cardboard. It’s just easier for them to manipulate and you don’t have to worry about them choking on the pieces as well.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to buy a puzzle that may look a little challenging because your toddler may just surprise you. Plus it can be fun to do a challenge with mom and dad helping you out.
Puzzles are great for toddlers because they really can help develop physical skills and teach the child so many new things from counting to animals on a farm.