Research shows that children can and should engage in STEAM learning, even in the earliest years of life. We now know that very young children are more capable of learning about STEM concepts and practices than originally thought. In fact, a growing number of studies show a correlation between early experiences in early achievement skills, attention skills, and STEM subjects - and later success in those subjects or in school, generally.?
Puzzles are a fun, educational toy that challenge young minds, teaching and preparing them early in life with some very important STEAM skills.
Puzzles are highly important learning tools for toddlers and young children, challenging young minds, teaching and preparing them early in life with numerous and very important STEAM skills.including:
- Cognitive Skills
Puzzles with a variety of themes and topics increase a child?s visual and spatial awareness, helping develop a deeper understanding of these themes and topics. All children learn differently, and puzzles may be their medium for grasping an understanding of certain themes, such as alphabet letters.
- Problem-Solving Skills
Completing a puzzle engages children to think and develop strategies on how to achieving a completion goal. This goal involves problem-solving, reasoning, and developing solutions which are necessary throughout life.
- Fine Motor Development
Puzzles are a fun way for children to develop and refine their fine motor skills. When engaged in playing with puzzles, children are required to pick up, pinch and grasp pieces and move them around, manipulating them into slots, sorting them and fitting them into the correct places.
- Hand-Eye Coordination
Playing with puzzles requires a trial-and-error process which involves a lot of hand and eye manipulation. As a toddler or child places a piece of the puzzle that does not fit, they will try all over again until they find the proper placement for the puzzle piece.
- Social Skills
Puzzles are a great educational tool to enhance and promote cooperative play. As kids work together to complete a puzzle, they will discover where a piece should go and why, take turns and share and support each other when handling frustration, then sharing the joy of finishing the puzzle.
The accomplishment of achieving a goal brings much satisfaction to a child. Overcoming the challenges involved in solving a puzzle really gives them a sense of achievement and pride within themselves. It provides a boost to their self-confidence, self-esteem and prepares them for other challenges in life.
HamiltonBuhl's Print-A-Puzzle is a pack of blank pre-perforated, printable puzzles paper! Specially-made for inkjet printers, this pack comes with 50 heavy-duty printer papers pre-perforated with 24 jigsaw puzzle shapes.
Simply place the Print-A-Puzzle pre-perforated sheet in the printer?s paper tray, select the image to print and print!
No ironing, no transferring, nothing extra to do other than to print an image and then separate the puzzle pieces for kids to solve. Create hours of puzzle fun! Help them develop important life skills, setting them up for success in the future!