- 'He puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore' Dr Zeuss - The grinch
- Puzzles are incredibly valuable for children to understand shape and develop their spatial awareness, fine motor skills and problem solving skills.
- Where children seem to be frustrated with a puzzle or ask for help by all means guide them however do not implore your adult interpretation of how a puzzle ‘SHOULD’ be done on a child.
- The work of childhood is exploration. A child will gain as much from placing a puzzle piece incorrectly as they will from ‘getting it right’ Allow children to gain their own sense of puzzling in their own time.
- Often they will hold pieces and feel the shapes with their fingers exploring the curves and edges. Young children are especially sensory, this is how they learn. It is also how a good scientist operates, using all 5 senses.
- Proper storage of puzzles makes putting them away easier and finding them easier and minimises the risk of pieces getting lost.
- Where puzzles do not have boxes or if cardboard boxes have become too damaged consider either zip lock bags or transparent plastic boxes. Tape a picture of the completed puzzle to the bag or box.
Put the puzzle together before putting it away to ensure all the pieces are there. Once a puzzle is put away incomplete you are far less likely to find that piece than if you get your children to help you find that piece It won’t have gone far.
- Minimise the chance of puzzle pieces getting lost by having a dedicated puzzle area or table-somewhere removed from active play. It should be a clutter free calm, reasonably quiet area.
- Try to have only 1-3 puzzles out at a time and rotate them, with other puzzles. This will limit the risk of ‘cross contamination’ of puzzles where different puzzle pieces get mixed up with the wrong puzzle.
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