Developing your concentration! Introducing the “Puzzle teaching method” which keeps children’s interest!

2021.01.12

Puzzles are simple games that you can enjoy with your child. Although puzzles with many pieces may be too difficult for young children, simple puzzles (3-5 pieces) are perfect for children under 1 years old. Puzzles are a great way to develop children’s cognitive skills and the puzzle difficulty can be chosen based on your child’s age. In this article, we will introduce a variety of puzzle types that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

集中力を養える! 子どもの興味を引き出す「パズルの教え方」とは?

Let’s choose puzzles that are age-appropriate

Children will be able to play with difficult puzzles as they get older. However, when they are young it is important to choose age-appropriate puzzles so that they are challenged but not discouraged when the puzzle is too difficult.
Puzzles with 10 pieces or less are recommended for children 0-1 years old. As children get used to smaller puzzles, it is a good idea to gradually increase the difficulty by choosing puzzles with 10 or more pieces and even up to 30 pieces. Research shows that most children can do puzzles with 30-50 pieces at the age of 3 and 60-100 pieces at the age of 5.

How to introduce puzzles so they keep your child’s interest

If you want to encourage your child to enjoy puzzles, it is important to get them interested first. Let’s look at some teaching methods that often motivate children.

Start by showing them the completed puzzle

At the beginning, I recommend that parents show their child how to put the puzzle together by completing it and showing them the final product. Next, parents can finish most of the puzzle and have their child put in the last piece. This method makes completing puzzles more interesting and lets children see how fun it is to complete them.

Try to watch without saying anything

When your child is working hard on a puzzle, it is important for parents to keep quiet so he/she does not lose his/her concentration or motivation.

Prepare a variety of puzzles

Puzzles for children often contain pictures with cute patterns. Children are more likely to be interested in doing the puzzle if it has a picture that they like.
In addition to picture puzzles, parents can prepare shape-fitting puzzles, 3D puzzles and tangrams for their child to try. Adding a variety of puzzles will keep your child’s interest. When your child is between 4-5 years old, he/she can begin to do puzzles with 100 or more pieces with the whole family.

Doing puzzles helps children cultivate their dexterity, memory and observation skills and improves their concentration skills. Parents should introduce puzzles following the teaching method described and enjoy doing puzzles as a family.
Attending mommy & me and preschool classes, will help your child gain many skills though play.

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