Grabbing and placing the pieces into kids’ puzzles helps develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity while improving fine motor skills. As they successfully complete these tasks, they gain self-assurance and confidence. Kids develop an “I can do it” attitude when they successfully complete a puzzle.
Another benefit of wooden puzzles is they last a long time. Parents do not have to worry about the puzzle wearing out, because they are made of wood, which is hard for kids to destroy. Some families give this type of puzzle to their children as young as 1 year old or even younger because they know these toys are virtually indestructible.
To get the most from wooden puzzles, parents should know that not all kids are willing to play with these toys immediately and require some encouragement. In some cases, children might want to play with the puzzle but they are hindered because they do not know what to do. The remedy for both of these problems is parental involvement, playing with the child and showing them what they can do with the puzzle including showing them colors, shapes and interacting when them as they discover the new toy and its capabilities.