The Benefits of Puzzles
Studies have identified that solving puzzles is a great work out for the brain and can actually have therapeutic benefits!
By completing one of our puzzles you are using a basic problem solving ability that we have evolved through evolution.
Enhances Self Evaluation
Seeing how pieces fit and re-assessing where they go when they don’t fit, is a good exercise in checking and re-evaluating choices.
Improves Learning Abilities
The more a child plays with a Fox puzzle, the better they get at recognising shapes 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 our puzzles is a skill that translates in to many areas of our lives. Often only a certain amount of information is available about a situation so being able to make judgements and draw conclusions is fundamental in coping successfully with the world around us.
Our modern lives can often seem a whirlwind of activity. Completing our puzzles provides a tonic to this hectic pace. A period of quiet problem solving ends with the satisfaction of seeing a finished puzzle.
This reduces stress and provides a feeling of well-being.
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 Are Puzzles Good For Your Brain?
The human mind has two separate hemispheres or lobes called right and left-brain. Each one deals with different functions. The right side of your brain is creative, intuitive and emotional, performing tasks holistically while your left side thinks logically and follows sequences. When you put together a Fox puzzle you are harnessing both sides of your brain simultanously.
When you use both sides of your brain simultaneously your memory gets quicker.
Doing a Fox puzzle exerts continuous activity though- out the brain. Activity exercises your brain cells increasing their efficiency and capacity.
The brain produces a chemical known as dopamine that is chiefly responsible for learning and memory.
When you are solving a Fox puzzle the production of dopamine increases.
Solving a puzzle provides us with very many helpful benefits:
(Paraphrased from http://social-psychiatry.com/jigsaw-puzzles-good-brain/)
Develop Your Child’s Mind With A Fox Puzzle
Fine Motor Development Children learn to:
Hand and Eye Coordination
Playing with puzzles requires a trial and error process which involves a lot of hand and eye manipulation.
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.
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)
The McArthur Study
The MacArthur Study found that active people who frequently do puzzles stood to gain a longer life span and lessened their chances of developing Alzheimers, memory loss, dementia and other old age problems. “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)