With the growth of the tablet and smartphone market, traditional, classic puzzles are becoming watered down in to app form. People are starting see the use of traditional wooden puzzles for children as obsolete, as puzzle apps provide a convenient and easily accessible alternative.
People have long known that puzzle present a wonderful learning opportunity to develop cognitive abilities in children. Puzzles do more than entice children with bright colors and interesting shapes – they offer a genuinely fun way for children to learn in an active way.
When children play with puzzles, they’re developing a variety of skill-sets. Wooden puzzles are portable and inexpensive entertainment – no battery required.
Some of the Benefits of Wooden Puzzle Include:
Develop eye hand co-ordination: by picking up, manipulating and placing wooden blocks and pegs. Obviously you cannot develop this style of co-ordination when playing games in app form.
Motor Skills: Stacking puzzle games can improve children’s small and precise movements – which can lead to better handwriting and typing skills. The skills that are developed in stacking games are not utilized when a game is participated on in app form.
Improve Memory Skills: Disentanglement puzzles in particular require a lot of back tracking on your moves, this requires your brain to store patterns, they require a level of thinking that is redundant in most tablet and smartphone based games.
Problem Solving: You can’t cheat a puzzle, either pieces fit or they don’t. Your child has to develop critical thinking skills in order to solve the puzzle, it’s not simple a case of tilting the tablet or sliding your finger around.
Patience: Wooden Puzzles take time and need to be worked through – satisfactions is not instantaneous. Tablet games, are designed for instant satisfaction, keeping you hooked and playing constantly.
Gift giving: They make thoughtful, educational gifts – most of our completed puzzles can actually be used as decorations.
Playing these games in tablet form would not only affect the eyesight of your child but they would miss out on the chance to build their sensory development. Though tablets do provide a wide variety of puzzle options, they do not provide the complete experience unlike having a real puzzle in your hands.