Puzzling Petite Section

The Butterfly Class Are Fascinated By Puzzles!

The Butterfly Class have recently had an obsession with puzzles, they can’t get enough of them!

How do puzzles help your child’s development?

  1. Cognitive Development – When children play with puzzles, they learn the power of choice and strategy as they begin to recognize and thoughtfully understand how pieces fit together to complete a larger picture. Puzzles can also be used thematically to deepen children’s understanding of themes and situate them in the world around them.
  2. Fine Motor Development – Playing with puzzles requires children to grasp pieces of all shapes and sizes and manipulate them to fit exactly into a cutout shape or slot.
  3. Hand-Eye Coordination – Playing with puzzles requires children to learn to make their eyes and hands work together to find the right piece. They also develop spatial awareness and visual acuity as they use trial and error to solve the problem.
  4. Memory – When working to complete a puzzle, children have to rely heavily on their ability to remember which shapes work together to complete the picture.

There is a clear progression for children, from puzzles with wooden cutouts to constructing an image from the pieces presented. The Petite Section children are capable of creating puzzles that form the shape of animals at the moment and will be able to progress to more traditional rectangular puzzles soon.