We all love a good puzzle, whether that’s a crossword challenge in the daily paper, a mystery novel, or an old-fashioned jig-saw puzzle. This curiosity and drive to “figure it out” actually develops very early in childhood development – about six months, or when babies begin to explore on their own.
Baby puzzles are great early learning tools. A wooden or plastic jig-saw puzzle can teach infants how shapes fit together, while also honing their hand-eye coordination. These puzzles can also help them recognize common objects like animals, cars, and flowers.
Later, these same puzzles can help with name-recognition as well as color identification. Puzzles are fascinating to babies and they will work on figuring it out for long stretches of time, which helps them to build up their concentration, too.
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