How to Introduce Puzzles to Toddlers? – Our way of doing it.
You know puzzles are good, but have no idea which one to pick from the umpteen options amazon shows?
Are you clueless on how to introduce puzzles to your little toddler?
I was once there too and I needed help in picking up the right ones for my little peanut 🙂
Did you know that puzzles help the child in so many aspects from logical thinking, hand eye coordination, decision making skills, grasping skills, pincer grasp and most of all PATIENCE ?
So, we as parents have a huge responsibility of introducing the appropriate ones, easy yet challenging enough for the child’s age.
When I decided to introduce jigsaw puzzles to my boy- we started with this 9 piece jigsaw puzzle which is like a copy puzzle.
I call it a copy puzzle because it has the same image below and the little peanut has to match each piece with its objects.
On the first day, he and I sat through as we spoke about various objects we found in the picture and matched with the jigsaw pieces.
Once he cracked the way of doing it, we finished another 4 different picture puzzles in one go 🙂
This morning we revisited our first puzzles and I thought I should share our puzzle journey with you guys. And my search for complex puzzles began from here. 🙂
P.S: It is okay if your little candy doesn’t get to crack his first puzzle in the first go. In that case, pull it back from the play shelf and introduce later 🙂
In my next post in this series, I will share my best puzzle finds from Indian stores.
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Why should children get bored? My thoughts
As a parent we think it is important to keep the child active and busy, for we have been told an idle mind is devil’s workshop. In pursuit of keeping the child busy are we limiting their natural inclination to access simple things available around them and find the ‘fun ‘ in it.
Yes it is important for me to keep my child busy with different activities, it is equally important for him to be bored and try his hands out on unstructured play. This thought was a revelation to me through my firsthand experience.
There are days I am too tired to engage myself in creating activities, on one such days my son was done with the activities that were on the shelf. I had energy only to sit and watch him. But watch him do what? I was clueless. It didn’t seem to be a concern for my son, he casually picked up old decoration balls lined them up color coordinated, then he decided to experiment those balls by removing the glitter.
He was excited to see the texture changing, the curiosity reached the next level when he scratched the surface and saw there was something else inside. I let him do what he wanted, the next thing I saw was a thermocol ball waved in front of my face between those little fingers.
Gleaming with excitement with the discovery, he now wanted to see play float or sink. And the game went on for some time.
In all the tiredness I found the energy to smile and get excited that a simple decoration ball lying in one corner of his toy box kept him busy. More importantly it gave me time to sit back relax and enjoy, plan something for the next day.
I wasn’t able to capture those moments to share. All I could do was to happily watch him play.
After that instance we have been having many such moments of free play where he uses whatever is available at his disposal
A glimpse of it below in which he tries to balance his cars in the basketball net.
Now you tell me, how much of free play do you encourage? How long does the free play happen?
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I must have been 10 or 12 years when I cracked the first egg for my omelets.
As a child I always thought that eggs were to be handled by adults.
Oh boy, how wrong was I.
My little ones tryst with eggs began when he was 18 months old and he is more of a pro now.
We do have our hit and misses, nevertheless he generally does a clean job 🙂
I decided to take it to the next level and introduce an egg slicer to him.
This egg slicer from amazon is pretty sturdy and the wires line up charmingly with the base.
It is a simple to use one which is safe for those little fingers 🙂
The best thing is that the eggs don’t get smashed when the child cuts it.
So I got the boiled egg, two bowls-one to put in the peeled shell and the other one for the sliced eggs.
I presented him the trick of breaking the eggs the good old fashioned way- by slightly cracking it on the kitchen counter 🙂
He then carefully peeled the egg shells manipulating the egg on all angles.
He had a deep concentration while his fingers worked and I and my husband observed it in silently.
I could very well say that this could be the best fine motor work that you can practice in the kitchen 🙂
He was told to place the egg in the slicer and gently press the top to the base 🙂
Voila, he was extremely amused to see how the slices came out from it.
Anything for that smile 🙂
I asked him if he wanted to make a quick egg sandwich for his dad.
But we finally had a meltdown and he ended up eating that sandwich 🙂
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