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Educational jigsaw puzzles a lesson to us all

By Anne Mary Subscribe to RSS | December 17th 2011 | Views:
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One of the most satisfying sights in any walk of life is seeing a young child learning something new for the first time and being able to retain that information to use for themselves. There are countless methods adopted by teachers and parents alike, but it makes sense that to attain the best results, the use of toys, games, pictures, or pretty much anything with a bit of fun attached to it, will have the greatest chance of focusing their attention and achieving the desired goal.

One of the best ways to assist a youngster in his very early years is via the means of educational jigsaw puzzles. These interactive creations are wonderful at arousing interest initially, and then concentrating the mind to complete the task. At such tender ages, children will forever be flicking from one thing to another and will often wander off from a particular activity and return later. That is the beauty of the jigsaw, it can be left incomplete and finished off when the mood takes.

These educational jigsaw puzzles come in a range of sizes, but usually consist of no more than 30 pieces, indeed for the very young there are some of just 12 pieces. This ensures that frustration does not set in, the child can see almost from the very beginning that it is not going to take too long to complete, and in addition the segments are all quite chunky and solid. This means that they are so easy to handle, nothing like some of the monster puzzles, with all those annoying fiddly bits, that adults always seem to manage to lose when attempting one for themselves.

Boredom comes quite rapidly in the early years, but anything interactive will usually help alleviate such a condition, and the educational jigsaw puzzles have a fabulous quality which manages to teach the children information of varying degrees of importance, without them actually realizing that they are taking part in a kind of lesson. Also, because the puzzles come apart and can be put back together again so easily, it means that by doing them over and over again, the facts being portrayed in the picture, scene, or photograph, stick in the mind through repetition and the aim of the exercise is accomplished.

Everybody learns at different paces, so if it requires a certain child to complete the educational jigsaw puzzles 20 times over before the penny drops, it really does not matter. Any pressure is removed, confidence builds and this can be taken forward into other activities that the youngster tackles. These puzzles are truly magical in their beneficial effect, they bring real enjoyment to learning at an early age, providing mental stimulation, whilst in the same time offering genuine fun to the little ones.

There are versions in English and many other languages, each with the ability to completely engross the young subjects on topics such as sea life, alphabets, shapes, colors, numbers, farmyard animals, the school classroom and even Christmas time. The kids will immerse themselves into the puzzles and in the same time improve their basic knowledge.

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The lovely thing about educational jigsaw puzzles is that through their interactiveness, the story they portray sticks in the minds of the young audience. Take a look at www.vividstories.ie for some great jigsaw puzzles ideas.

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