Puzzles are a fundamental part of a child's development, and they can come in many forms, each one with its own aim and skillset.
We try to use puzzles in many of our products and so to help you find the right puzzles for your child, we have compiled a list of our favourite types of puzzles and an example of each - plus some free ones for you to download!
Take a look...
1. Observation puzzles: Spot the difference
Observation puzzles are perfect for developing kids attention to detail and their concentration skills. Spot the difference is a great example of an observational puzzle, not only do you have to concentrate really hard, but the images are often fun and exciting.
Click below to download one of our recent creations - it's pretty tricky though!
2. Mechanical Puzzle: Jigsaw
These puzzles present the player with a problem that can be solved by manipulating the pieces and using logic, insight, dexterity, or reasoning. Jigsaw's are a lovely introduction to these types of puzzles, they are available for all ages and at every skill level.
Top tip 1: If your child enjoys a jigsaw but doesn't necessarily want or can't complete it within the time frame available, why not invest in a folding jigsaw mat that allows your child to complete the puzzle in their own time and at their own pace, without the hassle of having to put it away each time?
Take a look at some of these; https://www.bestproductsreviews.co.uk/jigsaw-puzzle-board-mat
Top tip 2: Start easy to gain interest and slowly build up their confidence. We can over estimate the ability of our child with jigsaw puzzles which means they lose interest very quickly. It's best to start a age bracket lower and slowly build up their confidence and interest before moving on to the next age bracket/ability.
If you're concerned regarding which jigsaw puzzle to choose, take a look here - this website page helps you to choose the right jigsaw puzzle...
3. Trivia Puzzle: Quiz
By answering questions and learning, kids are improving their cognitive skills. Retaining information about topics they're interested in is like an exercise for their mind, allowing them to expand their intelligence and improve mental capabilities. This leads to greater creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills - which is why we love this option for kids.
Why not have a go at one of the quizzes we did for kids during lockdown...
Click on the link below to download our Gruffalo Storybook Quiz! Don't forget to let us know how you got on :)
4. Logic Puzzle: Sudoku
Sudoku is an excellent way for kids to develop their logic skills while having fun. No maths is needed to complete the puzzles, and no guessing should be necessary either! PLUS playing Sudoku greatly improves memory skills.
Have a go at these from our Wonder Books - over 100+ ideas and puzzle adventures for creative minds.
5. Pattern Puzzles: Tangram
Like building blocks, tangrams can teach kids about special relationships. They may help kids learn geometric terms, and develop stronger problem solving abilities.
In our Easter edition of the Wonder Adventure we ask kids to help create a number of Bunny shapes out of a Tangram - you can download it for free right here!
Just click on the link below.