Puzzles are another incredible way to foster and develop a large array of skills – problem solving, reasoning, shape recognition, fine motor, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, and can be a social activity when
done with a friend/family member. Melissa and Doug offers a great article on what is an appropriate puzzle for your child based on their age (developmental level). I’d recommend having puzzles available that are easy for your child to complete (helps with their self-esteem) and one that is a bit harder for them. As the adult, talk out loud the process as you do a puzzle so your child can hear you, “Here is a cow. I’m going to look for a cow down here. I found it. I am going to move it until it fits. I got it.” Do it every once in a while to model the “problem solving” process for your child. Tomorrow, I’ll offer a tip on another way you can use those puzzle pieces. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist