If you look in the bottom drawer of our sofa bed, you’ll find a huge collection of boxes, boxes full of jigsaw puzzles that have kept Olly occupied for hours. Olly is a huge jigsaw puzzle fan and we love that he’s interested in completing them.
This Thursday, 3rd November 2016 is National Jigsaw Day and Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, who first started the National Jigsaw Day last year, are celebrating the benefits of jigsaws.
5 reasons why jigsaws are great for children
- They’re great for introducing children to problem solving. Olly loves to get the puzzle pieces all laid out on the floor and he turns them all over so they’re facing picture side up. He loves to figure out which pieces go where and with a little bit of help, he’s always manages to finish the puzzles.
- Jigsaw puzzles are brilliant to help develop hand and eye coordination skills. Puzzle pieces are all different shapes and sizes and it often takes time for children to work out which way round a puzzle piece needs to be inserted.
- Completing puzzle jigsaws encourages team work. Olly is a brilliant team player. He loves to join in with activities and will often ask for help or support when completing a puzzle. I love that they help to encourage him to ask questions and to aid communication between us.
- They keep children quiet for ages! We all love a bit of quiet time and getting out a puzzle to complete on the floor is a brilliant way for children to focus on an activity and to relax without being distracted by electronic games and additional noise.
- They can help contribute to build self esteem. Once Olly has found his stride with a puzzle and he completes it on his own, he has the biggest smile on his face. It’s so lovely to see. The sense of achievement he has is outstanding and he believes he can do anything if he puts his mind to it.
We were sent the limited edition National Jigsaw Day puzzle to complete and it was completed successfully at the weekend.
We love Wentworth Wooden Puzzles as they’re great fun to complete. We love the whimsy pieces that the jigsaws are made up with; if you look closely in the photograph above, you’ll spot puzzle pieces in the shape of a dog and a cat!
Do you love puzzles? Join in with the fun over on Twitter tomorrow with the hashtag #NationalJigsawDay
Disclosure: We were sent the puzzle for the purpose of this post. All words and images are my own.