Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
Have you seen the new OjO science extension puzzles? Our fabulous Space Explorers, Underwater Explorers and Dino Explorers puzzles all offer a fun and educational activity for children but sometimes everyone needs a little help to get started, not sure how to get the most from our puzzles?
Here are some tips on how to help your child to be a successful puzzler!
Please note if your child is under 2, then sorting, with shapes and colours is a great way to start before moving on to peg puzzles and very simple 4 pieces puzzles.
• Pick a puzzle that is appropriate for the age and interest of your child.
• Always start by turning over all the pieces and looking carefully at the picture!
• Find the outside edges and corner pieces of your puzzle and build the ‘frame’, encouraging your child to look for distinct images from the box and blocks of colour, as they go. This uses visual discrimination skills as well as figure - ground perception (looking for a specific piece in a sea of puzzle pieces).
• Sorting and grouping pieces by their predominant colour will help to get them into the right ‘section’, if, for example, Tigger is in your puzzle put together all the orange stripy pieces together.
• Talk to your children whilst you are sorting pieces and use lots of descriptive language as you work together. The lantern ray in our Underwater Explorers puzzle has a very distinct head array which could be a great talking point and a way to develop language skills and broaden vocabulary for your child.
• Be a good role model and demonstrate all the skills you want your child to emulate, even simple things such as showing how two pieces should fit together cleanly, hopefully this will prevent the over enthusiastic putting together of two pieces that just don’t belong!
• Keep things simple to begin with, as not only sometimes can too many pieces just be overwhelming, we also want to foster successful completion of the puzzle when we are starting out. If your child is unsure about where to start, just give them a few pieces that you know go together. As they get start to get pieces together, add some more in that you know will work. This is more likely to result in completing the puzzle confidently.
• Give lots of positive reinforcement - praise your child when they get some pieces together, even if can’t immediately be placed in the puzzle.
• Make puzzles a regular part of family time and enjoy doing them together, everyone will benefit!