Let’s do a ‘Jig’saw
With the current trend of trying to make every toy that passes under your child’s nose ‘educational’; nothing beats a good old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle. I looked this up and according to experts, doing jigsaw puzzles develops several functions of the brain. Your child is basically
enhancing his or her ability to reason, deduce, analyze, sequence, and develop logical thought and problem solving skills. Physically too, the eye-hand coordination and spatial awareness are also used and developed in doing a jigsaw. Whew!
So with that established, let me come to the ones my son loves, Frank Jigsaw Puzzles. They are durable (very important, I am even passing them down to my niece), well made and available in a variety at your local toy store. Their ‘First Puzzles’ range have 4-6 jigsaw pieces and are aimed for 3 years and above, though I got it for my son when he was 2, so don’t go strictly by what they recommend. There are naughty monkeys, chubby elephants and cute lions. The number of pieces and the subjects increase with the age bracket. You’ve got lots to choose from; ‘Opposites’, ‘What Animals Eat’, ‘Jungle Book’ and my son’s current favorite ‘Dinosaurs’.
I know that all kids will love them cause I’ve seen them fighting over which one they are going to do! Once done, you can see the sense of accomplishment evident in their proud and beaming faces. I buy myself a lot of time with each puzzle.
Do a jig, try them out.
They are available everywhere. Really!