The satisfaction of putting the final piece of a puzzle into place is timeless. From children embarking on their first puzzles right up to adults working on their latest 5,000 piece project, puzzles are something that all the family can enjoy.

Most of us think of Jigsaw puzzles, we usually think of a pastime, a way to pass time and relax and its mostly erroneously believe its for children alone. 

The truth is that, in addition to having fun for a while, they also have numerous  health benefit. From helping children in their  mental skills development, through improving memory and mood, to preventing loss of memory in the elderly.


Below are surprising benefits of doing jigsaw  puzzles for young and old people. 


Playing with puzzles has significant impacts on a child’s physical skills, developing fine motor skills through the coordination of small muscles. Children who have developed fine motor skills tend to find it easier to write, draw and learn to play instruments. Through grasping pieces and matching jigsaw pieces together, children also improve their spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination. 


Development of Cognitive  Skills is another  benefits  jigsaw puzzles can have on children. One of those is that it allows children to develop their reasoning and decision making skills, both of which are  extremely neccessary throughout the life of the children.


Jigsaw puzzles also helps children to become more confident and determined by seeing their persistence pay off, giving them a sense of achievement once the puzzle is complete. 


It also help children to use their reasoning skills by weighing up which piece to put where and working out which piece to use next to help them get one step closer to completing their puzzle!


Playing with jigsaw puzzles also helps with the acquisition of knowledge through subliminal learning. 


Themed puzzles allow parents to make a selection of which puzzle will benefit their child the most in different areas for development. This might be learning shapes, colours, letters or numbers which can be beneficial in preparation for school. 


Studies have shown that hands-on, playful learning experiences not only build interest in the subject but set off a preschooler’s experiences in learning as positive, joy-filled ones which they will want to continue for years to come, highlighting the importance of learning through play for young children.


Puzzles not only encourage independent learning and decision making but can also be used to promote social interaction. 


Parents or teacher might use puzzles as a focal point for discussion, or as a means for encouraging children to ask questions or use their observation skills. 


They help in delaying dementia and alzheimar disease commonly experience by older people.  Keeping your brain active can delay symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Medical studies  have shown that keeping the mind active through puzzles and other problem-solving activities can reduce the amount of brain cell damage that occurs in Alzheimer’s patients. 


Ultimately, the most important thing is the fun involved in playing with puzzles! 


Children enjoy learning the most when they are having fun, and playing with puzzles that are engaging is just one example of ‘learning made fun’!


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