PROBLEM SOLVERS: Students at Pozieres have been learning some new skills through puzzling.
PROBLEM SOLVERS: Students at Pozieres have been learning some new skills through puzzling. Contributed

Puzzling teaching new skills

PART of our daily routine at Pozieres is playing with and having fun with puzzles.

But have you ever thought of the many benefits of playing with puzzles?

Cognitive skills

Puzzles come in a whole range of themes and

topics.

It increases their visual spacial awareness and develops a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.

Problem solving

Completing a puzzle sets a single goal to achieve.

Toddlers and children must think and develop strategies on how to approach in achieving this goal.

Fine Motor Development

Puzzles are a fun way for children to develop and refine their fine motor skills.

When engaged in playing with puzzles, children are required to pick up, pinch and grasp pieces and move them around, manipulating them into slots, sorting them and fitting them into the correct places.

Hand and eye coordination

Playing with puzzles requires a trial and error process which involves a lot of hand and eye manipulation.

Social

As kids work together to complete a puzzle, they will discuss where a piece should go and why, take turns and share and support each other when handling frustration.

Self Esteem

The accomplishment of achieving a goal brings so much satisfaction to a child.

Overcoming the challenges involved in solving a puzzle really gives them a sense of achievement and pride within themselves.

Every Friday afternoon from now until the end of term, Mel, from Rawology, will be taking our students through a range of challenging and fun activities to enhance their fitness and fine and gross motor skills.

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