Puzzles are an excellent tool for enhancing your childโs cognitive and mental development, by stimulating intellectual abilities such as critical reasoning through fine-motor manipulation. I encourage Adrian to complete at least one puzzle a day (at his level: 48-60 pieces does not take himโณ long). Julia, on the other hand, works with large quantity piece puzzles (she is currently working on MonaLisa 300 pc puzzle buy here), so we always have a puzzle on the floor that she is working on.

Surely, children have their favorite puzzles to which they go back to and assemble over and over again, but there is nothing like an excitement of assembling a new puzzle for the first time. So, what about making a puzzle! Thisโ๏ธ DIY is very simple, quick and inexpensive. Use a vivid ๐ผpicture from a catalog, calendar or even a large picture of the family/children and cut it in pieces, creating a DIY puzzle.

I am using is a double-sided ๐ Fall picture I found in a catalog. With this type of DIY puzzle, you can adjust the level of  ๐๐difficulty based on your child's age.

I laminated the picture for durability and used paper-cutter for cutting.

With smaller children, ๐choose a bright image with many distinct objects and cut it in fewer pieces (2 or 4 squares) or simply cut the picture vertically, for easier assembly.

๐With older children, the smaller the pieces, the harder it will be to assemble the puzzle, so cut it accordingly to your child's level.
Offer a child to assemble the puzzle.

For more on puzzles, read here "Jigsaw Puzzles Roundup for a Three-Year-Old," and for more on the importance of puzzles read here a post  "National Puzzle Day."

Also, see here "Anatomy Puzzle & DIY Interactive Puppets ๐ฅ (Inside of the BODY Unit Study)."

Adrian really enjoys the Solar System puzzles (see here) a post "๐COSMOS Unit Study."

For logic puzzles, see here a video of Adrian assembling Color Code in a post "Color Code Logic Puzzle Game (Sensorial ๐๏ธ๐๐๐๐ 101 ๐ฅ Series ๐)," and here "Wooden Tangram Puzzle at 41 months."