As with all developmental milestones, parents often like to have a bit of guidance on how their child’s development compares with the ‘relative norm’.
If one takes walking for example, most children start walking around their first birthdays. However, some children walk as early as 8 months, while others as late as 18 months. When a child walks is not an indication of how intelligent he or she is.
Puzzles are much the same. Some children develop quicker than others and puzzle building is more closely related to the type of stimulation a child has received as opposed to intelligence. Some children may display more enjoyment in building puzzles and some less. Some children may show certain intellectual strengths by grasping puzzles easier than others but as with all milestones, children develop differently. Ultimately, they will grow to have different strengths. It is okay. The important thing is that puzzles teach children valuable skills.
While a child’s walking may not impact his/her academic performance, building puzzles may. Here are a few benefits of puzzle building:
- Improves memory. Younger children tend to build puzzles from memory
- Helps to develop problem solving skills. While children start building puzzles from memory, they start to transition and develop valuable problem solving skills.
- Improve and develop visual-spatial reasoning
- Development of Fine Motor Skills
- Improved confidence
- Development of Hand eye co-ordination
The benefits of building puzzles are huge. It is more important that your children build puzzles than it is important that they build bigger puzzles than the child next door. With that in mind, we working with the following guideline:
Age 18 months to 2 years: 4 -6 Piece Puzzless
Age 2 – 3: 9 -12 Piece Puzzles
Age 3+: 20 -24 Piece Puzzles
Age 4 + : 36 – 48 Piece Puzzles
Age 5 + : 54, 60, 96 Piece Puzzles
Age 7 + : 200 Piece Puzzles
With that in mind, as Mom, I have noticed that not all puzzles are created equally. The more detailed the image is, the more complex the puzzle is to build. Equally, puzzles that aren’t exactly square or where the pieces are shaped differently could be more challenging than a simple rectangle.
Puzzles are a fantastic way to spend quality time with your children. They are relaxing. Puzzles are much like little books and, because one wants to develop your child’s problem solving skills, you also want to avoid them building from memory. As such it is a great idea to regularly update your selection of puzzles.
It is for this reason that I stock affordable puzzles, making it easier for moms and dads to keep their little ones mind’s engaged.
I hope this post has been helpful to parents wanting to know more about puzzles and how many piece puzzles their children should be building.