Tips on Teaching Little ones to complete a puzzle:
The idea is to help children move from a trial and error approach to a problem-solving approach
- Make sure they see the completed puzzle before breaking it up
- Teach children to match colors, patterns etc (they don’t always realize this strategy)
- If it’s too difficult, give them 2 pieces at a time to match up
- With larger puzzles I like teaching children to create the frame first and then fill in the rest of the puzzle. I also like puzzles that have the sky and the ground when teaching larger puzzles as this is a strategy too to figure out where pieces go.
- I also give hints ex: if the pick up a piece of an airplane I say: Does it go in the sky or in the water? Give hints by asking questions.
- Use verbal cueing for instance, when the correct piece doesn’t fit, I encourage children by saying: turn it and try another side. I have them try and encourage them to turn the puzzle piece till it makes a fit.
- Remind children to refer to the picture on the box.
- For children that don’t like puzzles, use it as part of an obstacle course! It helps them comply and focus!
You can purchase this cute puzzle as part of Miss Mancy’s Summer Days Activity Kit!
Puzzles help children work on visual perceptual skills. It also teaches them problem-solving, organization and focused attention. I find that many children do not like puzzles but it’s because they can be overwhelming. However if you walk them through it, they actually love the satisfaction of finding connecting pieces.