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Educational Benefits


Fox Puzzles of London, create unique mosaic wooden layer puzzles, that bring with many benefits

 

Listed below are what the experts think!!

 

The Benefits of Puzzles

Puzzles – Benefits to Psychological Development
The simplicity of our layered puzzles are deceptive. While the concept is very straightforward – find the pieces and fix them together – Studies have identified that solving puzzles is a great work out for the brain and can actually have therapeutic benefits. These benefits include:

Problem-Solving Skills

Resolving the shapes and coloured patterns that make up the overall pictures, including the revolving of the pieces, relates to the kind of basic problem-solving evolution has equipped us to deal with on a subconscious level.   Fox Puzzles of London puzzles taps into the same fundamental processes but in a calm and controlled environment.

 

Enhances Self Evaluation

Trying to see how pieces fit and re-assessing where they might go when they don’t fit is a good exercise in checking and re-evaluating choices. Each piece can only go into one place so there is none of the compromising and trading-off that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life.

 

Improves Learning Abilities

The more a child plays with our mosaic wooden layered puzzles, the better they get at recognising shape, form and colour and the quicker they become. This is a basic learning structure that then passes into other aspects of their lives. In effect, the brain is like a muscle, and the more it works, the stronger it becomes.

 

Helps with Overall Perception and Understanding

Learning to assemble each layer of our puzzles from partial pieces when only part of the image is in place, is a skill that translates in too many areas of life. Often, only a certain amount of information about a situation is available and being able to make judgements and draw conclusions is a fundamental practice in coping successfully with the world around us.

 

Fulfilment

Our modern lives can often seem a whirlwind of activity. Completing our puzzles provides a tonic to this hectic pace, where a period of quiet problem solving ends with the satisfaction of seeing the finished puzzle. This reduces stress and provides a feeling of well-being.

 

Dementia Treatment

Dementia patients are suffering from a disease where the brain tissue is deteriorating and the functions that reside in those areas are lost. All of the above benefits amount to a workout for the brain, causing the brain cells to work hard. This type of mental activity slows down the onset of dementia by keeping more parts of the brain active for longer.

 

 (Published by Mental Health Guide, May 18, 2013)

Why puzzles are good for the brain

 


The human mind has two separate hemispheres or lobes called right and left-brain with each one dealing with different functions. Right brain deals with emotions and performs tasks holistically while the left-brain functions in the linear fashion. When you are able to use both the sides of the brain, you will find that your mind power is harnessed to its best and gets better.  Our mosaic puzzle helps you exercise both the parts of your brain.

Left-brain thinks logically and follows sequence while the right brain is creative, intuitive and emotional. When you try to put together one of our layered puzzles, you will harness both the brainpower.

While working on puzzles, it has been studied that there exists continuous activity thought the brain involving all the cells and parts of the brain. This intense activity works to exercise the brain cells and thereby activate them and increase their efficiency and capacity too. 

There have been several studies like the MacArthur Study, that has found that people who have been used to doing puzzles and  were fully active stood to gain a longer life span and also lesser chances of falling prey to Alzheimer’s, memory loss, dementia and other old age problems. The brain produces a chemical known as dopamine that is chiefly responsible for learning and memory. The production of this chemical increases in the brain at the time when it is engaged in solving the puzzles. 

Working on puzzles and solving them provides us with very many helpful benefits. First of all, it makes us alert, increases our concentration and expands our creativity. On the other hand, looking at the images constantly helps us practice visualisation, which is again good aid for any physical activity that succeeds mental activity. It also affects our physical health by lowering our breath rate, reducing heart rate and blood pressure too. 

You can get long lasting benefits out of doing puzzles on daily basis. It not only sharpens your memory, improves your brain function, but the clarity of mind and thought helps you clear out the clutter in your mind and the cobwebs accumulating over years. You then begin to see things around you in a new light are able to appreciate your life a lot better. You not only start finding solutions to your problems but also begin to look forward to every day in your life.

(Published by http://social-psychiatry.com/jigsaw-puzzles-good-brain/)



The McArthur Study

 “The MacArthur researchers described a study in a nursing home in which residents were asked to do a simple jigsaw puzzle. During a practice session, one group was given verbal encouragement by one of the experimenters as they practised doing the puzzles. The second group was told how to do the jigsaw puzzle. The third group got no social support or how-to advice. Later, when they took a test in which they did a puzzle on their own, those in the group given encouragement did better than they had during the practice session. The people who had been told what to do had more trouble during the test than they’d had in the practice session. And those who had received neither encouragement nor advice did neither better nor worse.” –

(Published by Harvard Health Publications 2016)

 

 

What are the benefits of children playing with puzzles

 

Cognitive Skills
Puzzles increase visual spatial awareness and develop a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.  All children learn differently and puzzles may be their medium for grasping an understanding of certain themes such as alphabet letters.
 

Problem Solving
Toddlers and children must think and develop strategies on how to approach in achieving this goal.  This process involves problem-solving, reasoning skills and developing solutions which they can later be transferred into their personal/adult life.
 

Fine Motor Development
Children are required to pick up, pinch and grasp pieces and move them around, manipulating them into slots, sorting them and fitting them into the correct places.
 

Hand and Eye Coordination
Playing with puzzles requires a trial and error process which involves a lot of hand and eye manipulation.
 

Social
Puzzles are a great educational tool to enhance and promote cooperative play.  As kids work together to complete a puzzle, they will discuss where a piece should go and why, take turns and share and support each other when handling frustration, then sharing the joy of finishing the puzzle.
 

Self Esteem
The accomplishment of achieving a goal brings so much satisfaction to a child.  Overcoming the challenges involved in solving a puzzle really gives them a sense of achievement and pride within themselves. 

(Published by Janice Davis February 2012)


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