What are the benefits of playing with jigsaw puzzles?
Jigsaws have been around for about 250 years. They were created by an English cartographer who chopped up a wooden map calling it a dissected puzzle and were used primarily to teach about the geography of the world. Nowadays, puzzles are regarded as an activity to keep people busy with a 1000 piece puzzle taking aprroximately 5 hours to complete.
Did you know that they also have many other benefits which not only challenge minds but also our way of thinking and so jigsaws can play an important part in the development of your child.
Here are just some of the benefits:
- Fine motor development. In order to complete a puzzle children need to move the different sized pieces in different ways in order to make them fit together. This does require quite a lot of manual dexterity to achieve this. Some children struggle with this