January 29th is National Puzzle Day! Whether it is a jigsaw, crossword, word searches, brain teasers or Soduku (a number puzzle which is the most recent puzzle rage), puzzles put our minds to work! They range from easy to hard, satisfying the need of every person and every skill level. Today, Adrian is exercising his brains with a 48-piece Solar System jigsaw puzzle (buy here). This was the first time Adrian was working with so many pieces, and the first time he was assembling this particular puzzle. It was challenging, but after 18 minutes of brain stimulation, he did it!
Studies have found that when children work on jigsaw puzzles, they use both sides of their brain, and spending time daily working on puzzles improves memory, cognitive function and problem-solving skills. Puzzles stimulate the brain, promote hand-eye coordination, keeping the brain active and functional! Can we ask for more from a fun activity?
We also talked about the Moon in light of a recent Lunar New Year (read a post here).
I purchased this amazing hand-made Solar System set from wool and organic cotton here.
Some people like being mindful while doing a puzzle. Others like the challenge of completing it, graduating to evermore complex and difficult puzzle solving levels. While others do puzzles to keep their mind sharp, or to learn new things. Whatever the cause for your interest, doing puzzles is fun, so spend National Puzzle Day doing puzzles!
See here Adrian at 34 months putting together a 25-piece puzzle, where I also wrote about the importance of jigsaw puzzles for a toddler.