Toys seem ideally suited to do that, and they may also help children develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, a capacity for creative, divergent thinking, social skills, and language skills.
The three basics of what puzzles do for your child When your child is alone with a puzzle you can expect three basic skills to be built
1. Physical skills -- from holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit
2. Cognitive skills -- as they solve the problems of a puzzle.
3. Emotional skills -- they learn patience and are rewarded when they complete the puzzle.
In addition to these three basics, doing a puzzle with a friend or family member also allows for the growth of social skills as they work together and communicate about what fits where. This is a minor point as nearly any activity done with more than one person will have this benefit.
1. Hand-Eye Coordination -- your child will develop a keen relationship between what their eyes see, what their hands do and what their brain relates to this information.
2. Gross Motor Skills -- Larger puzzle pieces and stacking puzzle games can enhance the large movements of your child to the point where they can then work on their fine motor skills.
3. Fine Motor Skills -- small and precise movements, such as the movement of fingers to get a puzzle piece in exactly the right spot, are built and can lead to better handwriting and typing skills.
1. Understanding the surrounding world -- there is no better way for your child to gain an understanding of the world around them than by letting them literally manipulate the world around them.
2. Shape recognition -- the first puzzles we use are simple shapes -- triangle, squares and circles. From there more complex shapes are used until the abstract jigsaw puzzles are used.
3. Memory -- Your child has to remember the shape of pieces that don’t fit fir when they will fit later on.
4. Problem solving -- Either the puzzle piece fits or it does not. Your child uses critical thinking skills to solve the puzzle and, best of all, you can’t cheat a puzzle!
1. Setting goals -- The first goal is to solve the puzzle, the next goal will be a series of strategies your child comes up with to solve the puzzle. Such as putting familiar shapes or colours in one pile for future reference.
2. Patience -- Puzzles are not like sports, you can’t just step up to the plate and swing until you knock it out of the park. You must practice patience and slowly work through the puzzle before you reach the ending. So, give your child the opportunity to continue learning from simple shapes, to silhouettes, to jigsaw puzzles, to abstract shapes united by a mathematical concept that include a board game twist.
1. Bonding Time: Board games are the best way for children to bond with their friends and family. We live in an age when everyone is busy with gadgets, therefore it’s important to build a platform for communication that will allow kids to understand their parents and be understood in return. Moreover, it also creates time for some fun.
2. Learning Skills: Playing board games can be more than just fun. These games are a great mechanism to test an individual’s intelligence, strategy and skills. The way a person understands and reacts to different situations is what makes the game interesting and different every time it is played. Younger children will also learn colours, shapes, figures and numbers better and faster while they play these games.
3. Life Lessons: Remember that Snake & Ladders game you grew up playing, it is a great way to teach young kids about numbers. Similarly games like Ludo, Business and Monopoly are a great way to learn strategy skills. Games like Scrabble and Soduku help develop language and math skills.
4. Problem Solving Skills: Problem solving is an important skill that every kid must learn and board games are a stepping stone to acquiring these skills, as they try to recover from a heavy debt in Monopoly or avoid a crisis in the Game of Life.
5. Budget Entertainment: A movie ticket, a visit to the nearest mall or a tour to the park will cost you money. But getting your hands on a board game will only lead to fun moments that you will cherish.
Reading books develops kid’s concept bases learning skill, creativity, vocabulary, listening, reasoning skills. It also helps kids mathematical and problem solving skills. It increases social awareness and encyclopaedic knowledge.
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.