• Raffi Bandarian

4 Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles

Updated: Jul 11, 2019

It’s no surprise that kids are all about their hand-held devices. They offer immediate reinforcement and engage the pleasure centers of the brain. However, it’s important for children to get away from their devices and engage their brains in other ways. Research supports the benefits of working on jigsaw puzzles to support brain maximization.

Here are some ways jigsaw puzzles helps children:

1. Visual-Spatial Reasoning

Educators believe that solving puzzles strengthens the brain's visual-spatial reasoning centers. This helps them strengthen math skills as well as decipher visuals in diagrams, charts, or maps.

2. Fine Motor Control

Jigsaw puzzles develop the small, specialized muscles in a child's fingers. By picking, rotating, and slotting the pieces in place, they stimulate the muscles.

3. Problem Solving

Kids engaged with jigsaw puzzles equip their minds to problem solve. By moving the pieces and discovering the right match, puzzles prepare the brain to handle complex situations.

4. Family Bonding

Working on a puzzle is a fun way to get in some family time.

Whether it's helping a toddler figure out how four pieces create a larger picture or putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle, training the brain with puzzles is relevant for children of all ages.

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