Review of "Jigsaw Puzzles For Children"

published 22/03/2006 | workangel
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Pro Can be the first stimulating, coordinating problem solving a child does
Cons Level of difficulty must fit a chlids ability level
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"A satisfying mind stretching hobby for life"

Jig saw puzzles are probably the first problem solving a very young child gets to do.

The baby level puzzles of perhaps two pieces which lift out of a solid wood, or very deep dense cardboard base with a little lifting handle on them can be bashed about until the baby realises that the piece can actually fit the hole. The amazement on their faces is incrdible, and after that they will always want to make the piece fit the hole.

You can then graduate to very large piece puzzles - there are a good range of large piece floor puzzles available now for the 2-5 age range. The alphabet and number train puzzles are excellent as they fulfil two functions - helping to improve dexterity and hand to eye coordination and learn their ABC/numbers. The child is learning while they are having fun with the puzzle.

I have always found the 6-9 age range the hardest to get decent puzzles for - they are either too easy or too many pieces and enthusiasm wanes. I was delighted when I discovered Orchard and KSG puzzles. Their ranges have suggested child age ranges on them and have really interesting ( to children) subject matters. I was particularly pleased with the glow in the dark ones from KSG - my grandson absolutely loved them.

I have also been lucky enough to come across the puzzles in a tin - thes eare 500 pieces, and are made of wood and are packed into a tin in the shape of an oversized soft drinks tin which doubles up as a money box. They are inexpensive, have lovely designs, and because they are made of wood, can be picked up in one piece when finished. My granddaughter of 14 has made several and she and her friends really rate them.

Puzzles are absorbing and make you think; they can be done as a solitary pursuit ( single child) or as a social multi person activity. They improve dexterity and shape recognition and can help a child learn about the advantages of perserverance. The feeling of satisfaction that they feel when they finish a puzzle is plain to see and a joy to watch.

As a family activity it can be great fun and makes a change from television or board games and literally everyone can join in.

Buying puzzles for a child can develop into a hobby that can continue literally throughout their entire life.

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  • pollipocket published 02/04/2006
    I loved puzzles as a kid - should take it up again!
  • HotBabes published 23/03/2006
    I used to spend hours sitting with my Nan doing puzzles when was little. x
  • Moogiekupo published 22/03/2006
    Something I think I will be good at - Kupo x
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Product Information : Jigsaw Puzzles For Children

Manufacturer's product description

Jigsaw

Product Details

Long Name: Jigsaw Puzzles For Children

Type: Jigsaw

Type: Educational Toy

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