How puzzles help sharpen your brain?

Right from our childhood to our adulthood puzzles are always fun. Puzzles  challenge the way we think and provide an exercise to our brain.

Puzzles are also an important educational learning tool for students as they provide many skills and mental learning benefits and opportunities.

Puzzles help in improving the following skills:

COGNITIVE SKILLS: 

Puzzles come in a whole range of themes and topics such as alphabet letters, shapes, vegetables, numbers, pets, transport and colors.  It increases visual spacial awareness and develops a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.  All students learn differently and puzzles may be their medium for grasping an understanding of certain themes.

PROBLEM SOLVING: 

Completing a puzzle, even the most simplest of puzzles sets a single goal to achieve. Students must think and develop strategies on how to approach in achieving this goal.  This process involves problem solving, reasoning skills and developing solutions.

FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT:

 Puzzles are a fun way for students to develop and refine their fine motor skills.  When engaged in playing with puzzles, students are required to pick up, pinch and grasp pieces (some with small knobs, pegs or chunky pieces) and move them around, manipulating them into slots, sorting them and fitting them into the correct places.

HAND AND EYE COORDINATION:

Playing with puzzles requires a trial and error process which involves a lot of hand and eye manipulation.  For example, if a student places a piece of the puzzle that does not fit, they will try all over again where their actions involve doing what they actually see.

SOCIAL: 

Puzzles are a great educational tool to enhance and promote cooperative play.  As students work together to complete a puzzle, they will discuss where a piece should go and why, take turns and share and support each other when handling frustration, then sharing the joy of finishing the puzzle.

SELF ESTEEM: 

The accomplishment of achieving a goal brings so much satisfaction to a student.  Overcoming the challenges involved in solving a puzzle really gives them a sense of achievement and pride within themselves.  It provides a boost to their self-confidence and self-esteem as this prepares them for other challenges in life.

Puzzles are a fun educational toy that challenges young minds, teaching and preparing them early in life some very important life skills.

Here is an interesting puzzle for which the solution would be provided in the next article “Train your BRAIN”

A FAMILY I KNOW HAS SEVERAL CHILDREN. EACH BOY IN THIS FAMILY HAS AS MANY SISTERS AS BROTHERS BUT EACH GIRL HAS TWICE AS MANY BROTHERS AS SISTERS.

HOW MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE THERE?

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