Early Childhood Development with The Multi-Square Puzzle

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When a child plays with a puzzle, three wonderful basic early childhood development skills are built.

When he holds, stacks and rearrange the pieces till they fit perfectly, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination are developed.

When they try to find a solution to fit the puzzle, their cognitive skills arc enhanced. The Multi Square trains the child on divergent thinking – finding the many solutions available to fit the pieces into the Square.

During this whole process, they cultivate emotional skills – patience and a sense of fulfillment when the puzzle is completed.

These 3 basic skills are the foundation for early childhood development.

There are many activities to play to enhance early childhood development skills.

  1. Record the time taken to complete the puzzle
    When the child has completed the puzzle the first round – record the time taken. Encourage them to play again and each time, record the time on a piece of paper. Challenge them to beat the previous time record. This makes it more challenging and also to develop their memory skills.

  2. Shape recognition and classification
    Call out a shape for the child to pick. If he picks a blue rectangle, ask him to find other similar shapes with the same or different colors. Encourage him to sort out all the pieces which has the same color or same shape.
    Congratulations, you have just taught geometry to your child!
    Geometry is the part of mathematics that studies the size, shapes, positions and dimensions of things.

  3. Creative Thinking Skills
    Ask the child to look around the house for things which are 4-sided like the square and the rectangle. Spot other objects with different shapes. You can also try with colors.
    This helps them to associate and relate tithe shapes and colors to real objects.
    Psychologists have determined that a child’s brain development is influenced significantly when a child acts on or manipulates the world around him.

Playing puzzles also helps the children in managing tasks when they are aware that visually complex problems can be solved by breaking to smaller, manageable pieces. Remind the child how the puzzle game was played when he is faced with a complex maths question – the puzzle was solved step by step.

In a nutshell, playing puzzles can assist beneficially in early childhood development as it promotes emotional skills, cognitive skills, and physical skills.

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