Increased intelligence? – The benefits of jigsaw puzzles for young children

2016.06.30

Jigsaw puzzles are a popular hobby for people of all ages because they are fun and have interesting designs.

In addition to being fun, jigsaw puzzles have many positive effects on a child’s development.
We will introduce some of these benefits below.

Strengthen the right brain

The right brain is said to be best at expressive and creative tasks and the use of jigsaw puzzles improves the functioning of the right brain.
The feel of the puzzle pieces, their design and how they fit with the other pieces all stimulate one’s brain development.
Playing with puzzles can improve a child’s potential.

Develop one’s feeling of self-affirmation

After finishing a puzzle and seeing the whole design, one has a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
These feelings help children develop their sense of self-affirmation and improve motivation and self-confidence.
In other words, puzzles can help your child develop his feelings.

Improve concentration and memory

Puzzles, which require one to put together many detailed pieces, are a great way to improve one’s concentration skills.

For example, jigsaw puzzles are often used in astronaut training.
By putting together white pieces of a puzzle, they are able to visualize the extreme state of outer space and improve their concentration skills.

In addition to concentration skills, jigsaw puzzles also improve one’s memory.
To improve one’s memory, it is effective to complete the same puzzle more than once.
By doing the puzzle more than once, your brain and body begin to remember the completed picture.
Remembering how the completed puzzle looks in your mind stimulates the frontal lobe of the brain which is an important factor in determining one’s cognitive skills.

Deepen personal relationships

Many people think jigsaw puzzles are a quiet, individual activity.
However, jigsaw puzzles can also be a communication tool.

Working on them with parents, siblings and friends is a great way to communicate and strengthen relationships.
It is fun to cooperate and work on the same puzzle or to compete with each other to see who finishes the puzzle first.

Improve perceptual integration skills

In order to complete a jigsaw puzzle, one needs to take into consideration the shape of the pieces and where they belong as part of the whole.
Combining the visual data and how we can complete the puzzle, will encourage your child’s perceptual integration by forcing him/her to see the whole picture but also take into consideration the individual parts.

Working on jigsaw puzzles also teaches children that it is important to think before they act and the important linkage between logic and hands-on tasks.

Please keep in mind that it is not effective to force children who do not like doing jigsaw puzzles to do them just because they are good for the brain.
Let’s try to choose puzzles with pictures they like and puzzles that are at the right level for them.
Once they find them interesting, children will enjoy working them on their own.
Why don’t you try doing a jigsaw puzzle with your child this weekend?

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