There are many different types of puzzles that are appropriate for children at different ages and stages of development. Playing with and solving puzzles can support a child’s development of both mathematical concepts and learning dispositions. Working on a puzzle, whether it’s a jigsaw, or a Rubik’s cube or a maze, teaches children to be patient and persistent and work in a logical and mindful way. Puzzles, like games, are an engaging and motivating way to encourage children to stick with a task and solve it. The experience of being successful builds confidence. Because of this, it is important to choose puzzles that are challenging but not so difficult that the child gives up.
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