Location: Chingford
7th September 2017

The Toddler Blog- Puzzle Play

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Puzzle Play

Our Activity

In Rabbits Room (1-2 years), the children have enjoyed playing with the puzzles. We allowed the children to chose which puzzles they wanted and where they wanted to put them. A small group of children picked up the puzzle they liked the most and put them on the table. There are various puzzles the children could choose from such as animals, shapes, small world; the children were more keen on the animals. Maya picked up the puzzle piece and gave it to one of her peers, her friend then tried fitting the puzzle piece into the puzzle. When Maya saw her peer do this, she copied the action whilst showing enthusiasm. Elijah was more focused on exploring the different puzzle pieces, he was using his hands nose and mouth to explore. At first he picked up the piece and put it in his mouth, he then smelt it and said "wow". When the the children saw Elijah doing this they laughed, and Elijah continued to entertain his peers by repeating himself whilst giggling. Ella managed to fit the puzzle pieces in to the correct holes and seemed very focused on her activity, she showed excitement when she accomplished this. Puzzle play is a very simple activity yet it links to so many areas of the EYFS and helps your child's development in a variety of ways. For example, fitting the puzzle pieces is helping their gross motor skills which would come under Physical Development. They are also engaging in this activity within a small group and communicating with their friends by laughing and sharing the puzzles, this supports their Personal Social Emotional and Communication and Language Development. Fitting the puzzle pieces into the puzzles can relate to Mathematical Development as there are different shapes and sizes. 



Why does puzzle play benefit your child?

  • Hand eye coordination- when children flip, turn, remove pieces of the puzzle, they are learning the connection between their hands and their eyes.
  • Fine motor skills- Similar to the way hand-eye coordination is achieved, puzzles provide the opportunity for children to develop fine motor skills.
  • Shape recognition- Learning to recognise and sort shapes is an important part of their development.
  • Problem Solving- The skill of effective problem solving is a valuable and important one. As a child looks at various pieces and figures out where they fit or don't fit, they are developing this vital skill.
  • Memory Skills- Simple jigsaws and other types of puzzles may help a enhance a child's memory.


Activities to try at home:

Although these activities may seem simple, your child will gain a lot from them

Building Towers- using blocks, you can build a tower with your child. Whilst doing this you can count how many blocks you have used and your child is also strengthening their gross motor skills by placing each block on top of another.

Big Foam Puzzle- In many toy stores they sell big foam puzzles which can be used indoor and outdoors. Sometimes the size of the puzzle interests the child more and gains their attention. They can fit the puzzle pieces in the correct place and if the puzzle has numbers or letters on they can be recognising this at the same time.