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Why are Jigsaw Puzzles Important for Preschoolers

Why are Jigsaw Puzzles Important for Preschoolers

I always remember reading “Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles,” in an articles about teaching preschoolers. We have all heard that jigsaws are good educational toys for young children, but why?

Jigsaw puzzles are great for reading readiness. Children who are good at puzzles are generally quicker at reading. This is because of the brain skills developed by doing puzzles. These skills involve spatial recognition, spatial co-ordination, and matching.

When a child learns to read he must firstly decipher the letters, letters are no more than complex shapes. A jigsaw is a selection of complex shapes, which the child has to work with to build a picture. The child is also looking for the relationships between the different pieces to work out which bit goes where. Therefore by doing a puzzle the child is giving his brain a workout, developing those skills he will employ later when he starts to read.

so if you’re stuck for ideas for your preschooler: Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles…

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