Most parents will agree that jigsaw puzzle is truly an educational toy for toddlers and preschoolers. It has been around for a long time and its superiority lies in the fact that it offers a range of educational values for a minimum cost.
Besides improving hand-eye coordination, develop matching ability and logical thinking, it can helps to develop language and reading skills too. Recently, I stumbled upon a very interesting classifying puzzle set from Scholastic that I want to share with all of you.
This classifying puzzle kit contains 10 colorful, two-sided classifying puzzles that is designed to meet these key instructional goals:
– developing Vocabulary
– classifying animals and objects
– using words in speech
How I play this puzzle with Little Edison?
First of all, I show him two sets of completely assembled puzzles (1 set = 4 puzzles). Each set features a different category. I explain to him the meaning of each category and the differences between them.
Then, I disassemble the two puzzles and scramble the puzzle pieces in the middle of a table. I randomly pick up a puzzle and read out the word to him. Then, I read out the two categories again and I ask him which category does the puzzle represents. He will attach the puzzles one by one according to their categories.
Using our creativity, we can derive many other fun ways to learn and play with this classifying puzzle. Understanding how words are related in general and learning to classify the words are beneficial to preschoolers like Little Edison.
I bought this puzzle from Big Tree.