Puzzles that feature maps, animals and numbers for example are a great way of arousing interest in various subjects.
Solving a jigsaw is not easy, so the accomplishment of the task requires a degree of critical thinking on behalf of the child. Re-doing the puzzle teaches strategy and time awareness.
Children adopt strategies to solve puzzles such as memory and recall on how different pieces fit together. This boosts memory and improves their ability to focus for long periods of time.
Solving a puzzle is a challenge which requires time and patience. By working through the puzzle children also learn perseverance.
Using basic skills of recognition of such things as patterns and colour, children learn problem solving skills, strategic thinking and logical reasoning.