The origins of jigsaw puzzles go back to the 1760s when European map makers pasted maps onto wood and cut them into small pieces. The "dissected map" has been a successful educational toy ever since. American children still learn geography by playing with puzzle maps of the United States or the world. The eighteenth century inventors of jigsaw puzzles would be amazed to see the transformations of the last 230 years. Children's puzzles have moved from lessons to entertainment, showing diverse subjects like animals, nursery rhymes, and modern tales of super heroes and Disney characters.
"Die-cut" cardboard jigsaw puzzles began to appear around 1890.
Most of the floor puzzles' pieces are above average in size, each piece being about 2 to 5 square inches in size. This cut is a great learning tool for young people, teaching and assisting them with Shape recognition, Spatial Skills, Memory Skills, Solving Skills and helps with creative thinking.
- Young Children ages 3-7 for early Spatial Skills Development and Dexterity.
- Autistic Children and Young Adults, Helpful in interacting with, and entertaining an autistic child.
- Senior Citizens who suffer from a variety of vision or dexterity issues. These larger puzzle pieces enable them to still enjoy a jigsaw puzzle. Perfectly sized pieces for senior puzzlers with poor or failing vision, yet keeps their mind alive.
- Alzheimer's disease patients. Jigsaw puzzles help with image recognition, memory, and exercising of the brain to help prolong thinking activity and stimulation of the mind.
Puzzles are not just fun to play with, they also build pre-reading skills, too! The skills that are used to select a puzzle piece to fit a specific hole, are the same skills that are used to detect the difference between the letters "b" and "d". Imagine that? A learning toy that is fun to play with.
Are you having trouble breaking the ice with your toddler and their babysitter? Well, go ahead and try a giant floor puzzle. Buy a "special" floor puzzle to build only when the babysitter visits. Try a fun puzzle, one that has a topic of interest to your little one. Then bring it out on those occasions when needed. Your child will remember how much fun they had with their babysitter.
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MOST IMPORTANT... puzzles are a lot of fun for any age. Grandparents and Toddlers alike, have fun putting together a floor puzzle.
The interesting topics of most floor puzzles make a good conversation starter.