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The Power of Play: How Puzzles and Games Will Supercharge Your Child's Skills!

Hello parents, grandparents and puzzle enthusiasts! Today, let’s dive into one of our all-time favourite topics: the magical world of puzzles and games and how they can supercharge your child’s skill development. 🧩🎲

The Happy Puzzle Company was started nearly 32 years ago from my student bedroom. At the core of what we do and will continue to do, is to develop key skills that are essential for every child's development, through hands-on play. 

You know those moments when your child or grandchild is deeply engrossed in a puzzle or a game and you can practically see the gears turning in their head? Well, those moments are not just about having fun (although that is a big part of it!), they are also incredible opportunities for your child to sharpen a whole range of skills without even realising it.

So, grab a cup of tea and let’s explore how puzzles and games work their wondrous magic:

1. Problem Solving Skills:

If you have ever watched your child tackle a tricky puzzle with sheer determination on their face, that is the power of problem solving in action. Puzzles and games present challenges that require logical thinking and creative problem solving. As your children work through these challenges, they learn to analyse, strategise and come up with solutions, all crucial skills for navigating the ups and downs of life.

2. Critical Thinking:

Critical thinking is the superhero of cognitive skills. When children engage with puzzles and games, they are not just mindlessly moving pieces around or rolling dice. They are in fact exercising their critical thinking muscles, whether by figuring out the next move in a game of chess or deciphering a tricky puzzle clue, these activities encourage children to think deeply, evaluate options, and make informed decisions.

3. Spatial Awareness and Motor Skills:

Engaging with puzzles and games isn’t just good for the brain, it’s also a fantastic workout for those little hands and fingers. As children manipulate pieces, they are honing their fine motor skills and developing spatial awareness. Plus, there is of course something oddly satisfying about fitting that last puzzle piece into place.

4. Persistence and Patience:

Sometimes, puzzles and games can be downright frustrating. However, they teach children invaluable lessons of persistence and patience. When faced with a particularly tough challenge, children learn to keep trying and to not give up at the first sign of difficulty. When they finally crack that code or conquer that level, it will provide an important confidence boost.

5. Social Skills:

Puzzles and games provide wonderful opportunities for children to connect with others, practice good sportsmanship, and develop essential social skills. Whether through taking turns, cooperating to solve a puzzle, or engaging in friendly competition, these activities foster communication, empathy, and teamwork.

Conclusion:

So, there you have it, the incredible skill-building power of puzzles and games! From problem solving and critical thinking to spatial awareness and social skills, these fun-filled activities offer a treasure trove of benefits for your child’s development. At The Happy Puzzle Company, we will always be here to support you and help create happiness...one puzzle at a time. 

Published: 14th May 2024