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Child Jigsaw Puzzle , A Toy with Unlimited Benefit

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I think no parent will argue that child jigsaw puzzle is truly an educational toy for toddlers, preschoolers and even preteen kids. It has been around for a long time. Yet, it's often considered to be more superior compared to most recently-developed child educational toys. Its superiority lies in the fact that this toy offers a range of educational value for a minimum cost.

Let's have a look at how a kid jigsaw puzzle enhances your child's development:
• It improves hand-eye coordination since children will have to fit the jigsaw pieces into the board properly.
• It develops shape/size recognition and matching ability.
• It develops logical thinking.
• It enhances spatial relation skills.
• It develops pre-reading skills by enhancing the ability of children to recognize shapes.
• It develops perseverance attitude since children will have to persevere to be able to complete the child jigsaw puzzle.
• It enhances social skills. Who would not enjoy putting jigsaw pieces together with friends and famiy by the way?

And ..... you can always use this toy to develop the language skills by talking about the picture of the child jigsaw puzzle.

So, you see, kid jigsaw puzzle gives a lot of benefit for your children.
The main thing to consider when choosing a jigsaw puzzle is the age-appropriateness. The toy should be challenging but not too complex it frustrates the child.

In this regard there are 3 things which have to be looked at when shopping for child jigsaw puzzles:
• The easiness to match the piece with the hole in the board (for single-piece jigsaw puzzle) or to each other (for more-than-one-piece jigsaw puzzle).
• Number of pieces.
• Durability and ease of handle.

Let me elaborate each point here.

Matching easiness
You can tell the degree of matching easiness by asking these following questions.

• Does the puzzle have pictures on the board as well as on the pieces ?
• Do the pieces have easy-to-distinguished- pictures,for instance, do the jigsaw pieces have pictures of tail, body, head, etc; or do they have pictures of two half body parts ?
• Do the pieces have easy-to-distinguished-shapes ?
• Does the picture of the puzzle contains features which are easily distinguishable ? Kid jigsaw puzzles with a picture of baked beans is very difficult to complete compared to the Winnie-The-Pooh puzzle.
• Does the puzzle have big pieces ?

The more you answer yes to these questions, the easier the degree of matching is.

Number of pieces
Although important, I always think that shape, size and picture of the jigsaw puzzle are more important than the number of pieces per se in determining what kind of puzzle you should buy for your child. Nevertheless, use the followings as a rule of thumb on the number of jigsaw pieces your child can handle:
• Toddler (1-2 years): 1-2 piece.
• Preschooler (3 years): 2-4 pieces.
• Preschooler (4-5 years): 4-10 pieces.
• School-age children: more than 10 pieces.

Durability and ease of handle
The younger your kids are, the more durable the child jigsaw puzzle has to be. For this reason wooden jigsaw puzzle is highly preferable for the young ones. In addition, kid jigsaw puzzles with knobs or pegs are the first choice for young toddlers since these type of jigsaw puzzles are easy to handle.

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