Many times during our childhood we have said to our friends or brothers and sisters “Let’s go playing a puzzle!” and all together we ran to take the puzzle box and start to pick up the right piece to solve the image to form. It was funny, indeed.
Now, once adults we get to learn that playing a puzzle is probably one of the most intelligent games ever and we should appreciate the persons (parents, friends, relatives…) who gave us a new box of puzzle for our birthday! They gave us the key to improve our mental skills.
Advantages of solving puzzles
Solving a puzzle is an experience which gives us the chance to develop our strategy skills, that are necessary in life, too. Puzzle pieces are colorful, nice and enhance our self correction skills: when we put a wrong piece in the puzzle, we notice it’s not the right one and we can find another one to replace it. Each piece fits a specific space in the puzzle pattern.
When playing puzzles, children tend to describe the piece or color they are looking for to complete their part, so their language skills can develop much. Autistic children use puzzles for this reason.
Solving a puzzle increases our math skills as well. One can learn to categorize pieces and to classify them. the same skill will be soon helpful in the adult age, too.
Moreover, an important contribute is given to the eye-hand coordination. Playing a puzzle helps coordinate what eyes see and what the hand has to take, so practical skills improve easier, same as playing card games like poker and baccarat. Often times we happen to solve a puzzle together with a friend or so, and we don’t even realize that while solving the game we are improving our social and communication skills.
So many advantages in one simple and traditional game!