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May 30

Maths And Other Puzzles For Better Development Of Your Children

Puzzle is a game, problem, or some other set-up which is designed to entertain by presenting difficulties and confusion and requires patient effort to solve it. It is a kind of fun activity that can help the children to develop their logical skills as well as analytical and co coordinating skills.

From the very early age we all have got various kinds of puzzle games as birthday gifts. Even our parents have bought these games for us like the jigsaw puzzle games, match the alphabet games etc. Through these games we have all learnt the alphabets, numbers, recognized different geometrical shapes etc. Nowadays; children also get to solve jigsaw puzzles, containing their favorite cartoon or comic characters in them. Thus, it can be said that a child should be exposed to these kinds of games for various benefits.

Following are some of the benefits of solving the puzzles for children:

* Cognitive skills: Improves a child’s problem solving, reasoning skills, visual spatial awareness.

* Fine motor skills: Fine motor manipulation is very important for writing but a child starts learning this long before he/she can hold a pencil. Puzzles for children(puslespil til brn)like chunky can help to teach how to pick up and grasp pieces and help in developing their pincher grasp.

* Hand-eye coordination: A child does a lot of manipulation in solving a puzzle through which their hand eye coordination is enhanced.

* Social skills: Many puzzles can be played by more than one player which helps to develop interaction and communication between them.

Following criteria should be kept in mind while selecting puzzles for children:

* Age of the child
* Materials used for making the puzzle
* Types of puzzles

Among various types of puzzles some of the popular puzzles are the Maths Puzzles.
Math toys(matematik legetj)or puzzles can be viewed as a kind of recreational mathematics. Like multiplayer games these also involve specific rules for playing or solving. The player needs to take the help of mathematics for solving them. He or she need to solve the puzzle before everyone else rather, needs to find the solution which will fulfill all the given constraints or conditions. Sudoku is one of the popular maths puzzles.

The other different types of maths puzzles include:
Arithmetic, algebra and numbers, Combinatorial, Analytical, Probability, Tiling and dissection, Chessboard, Topology, graph theory, 0-player puzzles.

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