Jigsaw Puzzle Memories
Sep 27, 2013
One of my favorite things about creating personalized puzzles is creating not just a jigsaw puzzle, but creating a jigsaw puzzle memory. For instance.
We have a 100-piece puzzle of my daughter, Abby, and her two friends on a bike ride. I was interested to see how long they stayed engaged, how it held their attention. What I learned was that a huge part of their engagement was because the subject of the puzzle was THEM! The entire time that they were delighting in finding and completing images — like the bike helmet, a handlebar or a face — they were unwittingly strengthening their eye-hand coordination, learning to work together, and developing their memory.
There’s more good stuff going on: Did you know that successfully piecing a puzzle together, even placing just one piece successfully, encourages the production of dopamine, a brain chemical that improves learning and memory? And that working to match shape, color and design gives your occipital lobe a work out? As you search through all of the pieces to find the correct ones, you are strengthening your visual scanning abilities. It’s also great for spatial reasoning.
As Abby and her buddies worked to complete the puzzle, we had to hunt on the floor for a few of the missing pieces — with six little hands working together, things often tend to fall on the floor! Handling those pieces with their small hands is also working their fine motor skills and dexterity. As far as the girls are concerned, however, dopamine levels, memory development, spatial reasoning and fine motor skills are not even on their radar. They’re busy reliving the memory of their bike ride, now that the picture is complete. (Bonus: Abby reminded me that “You always have to wear your helmet, Mom.” All that good brain development, and a safety tip to boot!)
No matter your age, working puzzles is good for the brain, visual perception, coordination, critical thinking, memory, focus and concentration. Working puzzles of favorite photos keeps the fun stories alive and real. You can bring family and friends together and share the memories while deriving the many benefits of working puzzles! Create your own at My Personal Puzzle* and let the fun begin.
*Helmets are optional while working puzzles. You know your own family best.
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