Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids

While it might not be something that a lot of parents think of, doing jigsaw puzzles with your kids has a lot of benefits for them.

The main benefit of doing jigsaw puzzles with your kids, or when your kids do them together without you or another parent, is the talking that goes on. Doing a jigsaw puzzle is one of those things people can do together and talk at the same time; and in fact, they actually go very well together. And the best part of it is that the conversation is able to ebb and flow naturally because no one gets up and leaves when a conversation ends; and also, because if a thought occurs, the other person is right there to share it with. The end result is a lot of talking goes on that is informal but very informative. Doing a jigsaw puzzle with your kids opens the door to communication and leaves it open for as long as you are all together working on that jigsaw puzzle. And what’s more, because a lot of jigsaw puzzles are pretty big with an awful lot of pieces, there lies the opportunity for conversations that can go on for days, or even over a period of weeks. In short, doing jigsaw puzzles with your kids helps to create an easy environment where kids and adults can talk without there needing to be anything specific to talk about.

Another benefit of jigsaw puzzles for kids is that doing them helps them develop dexterity, coordination, pattern matching and logic skills and perhaps above all, patience. Jigsaw puzzles, especially the larger ones take some degree of commitment and over time, kids who learn to work them, learn that working on something for a long time can produce results, a skill that will likely prove valuable in almost any field after they are grown. And learning to detect patterns in the puzzle helps in seeing patterns in real life which is the basis for a lot of the things we learn; things like social and math skills and might even be considered to be the fundamental building blocks for acquiring wisdom.

And finally, working on jigsaw puzzles to completion teaches kids about discipline and how it can pay off in the end. And as part of that it teaches them the importance of sticking with something until it pays off; again skills that will help them in many endeavors throughout the rest of their lives.