I could still remember my first jigsaw puzzle. It has a small cardboard backing and has the image of one of my favorite cartoon characters. I did the jigsaw puzzle because I like to see how the image will look like. Although I can see it on the box, it is still a challenge to see it on the cardboard.
As a kid, my mother encourages me to use my mind. Aside from reading children’s books and memorizing names and letters, I am also given jigsaw puzzles to solve. I can’t really remember what kind of magic they had on me. All I know is that once I sat on the floor to solve a jigsaw puzzle, I cannot stop until I finish it. I am sure that other kids feel the same.
True enough, there seem to be some reasons why kids continue to love jigsaw puzzles. Here are three of them.
Kids Find Them Entertaining
Kids are quite receptive to colors and shapes. Show them a vibrant mix of colors or some weird shapes and you will most likely get their attention. Their mind functions like a sponge that is ready to absorb information. They are curious on what their world is made of and they find it entertaining to see different images.
With jigsaw puzzles, children are able to focus on a certain image and remember every detail of it. They get to remember the shapes and colors as well as the color hues and shadows. They remember the image in its entirety. Believe it or not, absorbing this kind of information is quite entertaining for children. You can also make Jigsaws a bit more personal by having a personal photo puzzle created from your own digital images. Children love doing puzzles and seeing a picture of themselves coming together.
Kids Find Them Mentally Challenging
Do you remember the first time that you left your toy because it is too boring for you? This comes with a child’s age. When a child’s brain has developed, simple games or toys are not enough anymore. They need more stimulation. You will know if the time has come when you give your child some puzzle blocks and they left it because it is too easy.
When your child leaves your puzzle blocks on the floor, it is time to introduce a more challenging game – solving a jigsaw puzzle. Sure, they may not get how it works at first but the more they understand how pieces fit together, the more confident they will be in solving more puzzles.
Kids Enjoy Solving Them With Their Parents
Most of all, kids simply enjoy solving puzzles with their parents. They enjoy it because they get to do three things at the same time – playing, learning and having some quality time with their parents. While most kids enjoy the act of playing all day, they enjoy any type of activity as long as it is spent with their mother or father. Kids have this constant need to connect and that can be done with some quality ‘jigsaw puzzle’ time.
With the rise of game consoles like Xbox, PlayStation and Wii, it seems like old toys have no more space in a modern child’s bedroom. But there is one traditional toy that has persists through the decades. Nothing can beat the mental stimulation and entertainment of jigsaw puzzles.