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Puzzles top the charts

 In 2 – 4 years, 4 – 6 years, 6 - 10 years, Blog, Eye-hand co-ordination

Puzzles top the charts as one of the finest educational toys available. Just think of the planning, organising and problem-solving skills your child learns by building anything from a six piece to a 500-piece puzzle.

Perceptual skills in puzzle building

There are so many perceptual skills that are developed in puzzle building. Here are just a few:

  • Matching (colour, shape, line which required good observation skills)
  • Part-whole relationships (many small pieces put together make up a whole picture)
  • Position and direction (Is the rabbit in front of the tree? What is in the bottom right hand corner? Is the sky at the top or bottom of the puzzle? Etc.)
  • Counting (How many birds can you count?)
  • Problem solving
  • Eye-hand co-odination and fine motor control

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