In addition to traditional jigsaw puzzles, a wide variety of other types will keep things interesting. Look for crossword puzzles, Sudoku, 3D puzzles and more. For group puzzle play, seek out games like Qbits, Jenga, Mastermind, Blokus and others. Or, just grab a bucket of LEGO® Bricks, and start building! The benefits are numerous.
Problem solving: This is such an important benefit. Kids who tackle puzzles, games and building projects and can see them through to completion learn the value in setting a goal and meeting it, even when challenges are encountered. They learn to find alternate ways of looking at things and new ways to overcome mistakes.
Fine motor skills: Kids who manipulate puzzle pieces and building blocks from an early age make connections between what their fingers and hands are doing and what they are seeing. These real experiences with movement and rotation are far superior to anything they might view on a screen.
Spatial awareness: Playing with puzzles and blocks, and having discussions while doing so helps your child gain a better understanding of dimensionality and space. This is not only is good for their understanding of the world, but it can be very beneficial in STEM subjects and careers.
Creativity: Whether children are involved in free play or more structured building, puzzles and blocks spark a creativity like few other activities can. As kids use their imagination to build, they find creative, unexpected ways to meet their goals. This can easily spill over into artistic endeavors and build their confidence as well.
So, incorporate some puzzles into your family game night. Sit down with little ones and build things. Talk and discuss as you do both. Your kids will get some major brain gains!