Reporting: Rabbit Zielke
Saturday January 29th is National Puzzle Day. This is the first in a four-part series on the impact of puzzles in our lives. Gayle Coleman, Director of the Early Learning Center at the Siskin Children’s Institute downtown Chattanooga discusses puzzles and early childhood development. Children love to explore the world around them and every activity presents a puzzle to the developing mind. Working with puzzle pieces and manipulatives encourages eye to hand coordination while learning to fit items into their places supports emerging critical thinking skills. Simple games and playground equipment also develops skills that help solve puzzles as the child grows and develops.
Kid Source Online provides some simple tips to include puzzles in your child’s life that can help develop math and language skills as well as fine tuning social interaction to achieve common goals.
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