Why are puzzles good tools for children?

Why are puzzles good tools for children?

Our wooden puzzles are ideal for classroom use – they will last for years, and our board puzzles are priced to suit every pocket – they are ideal for home or class use, and of course they make wonderful gifts for children of all ages. Teachers and therapists all over...

Pre-Writing Skills

Pre-Writing Skills

Every parent understands that when their child reaches ‘big school’ much of their learning will depend on their reading and writing ability. With this in mind, it makes sense for parents to equip their children with strong pre-reading and pre-writing skills. This can...

Number Development 

Number Development 

Number development comes naturally Children develop number sense in the most incidental and natural way during their formative years. Each child will develop number skills at their own rate. This will also be influenced by their environment, pre-school attendance and...

Crossing the Midline

Crossing the Midline

Crossing the Midline What is meant by crossing the body’s mid-line? The body’s mid-line is an imaginary line down the centre of the body that divides the body into left and right. Crossing the body’s mid-line is the ability to reach across the middle of the body with...

Peg & Chunky Puzzles

Peg & Chunky Puzzles

BenefitsChunky puzzles teach children to pick up and grasp pieces.They also aid in the development of:* hand-eye coordination – is enhanced through the ‘trial and error’ process as the child manipulates each piece to fit in the puzzle.* fine-motor skills – are the key...

Learning Benefits of Puzzles

Learning Benefits of Puzzles

Toddlers 18 months to 2 years start off with basic knob puzzles. Fine motor control and spatial planning required to place the different puzzle pieces into the matching space. In addition, knob puzzles exercise the pincer grip – the same grip that will be used for...

How do puzzles vary in difficulty?

How do puzzles vary in difficulty?

Puzzles can vary in difficulty in a number of ways: the size of the puzzle piecesthe number of piecesthe simplicity or complexity of the picture (see the difference between this zoo puzzle and the Princess on the Horse)the detail in the picture (it is easier to match...

Puzzle Age Guide

Puzzle Age Guide

One of the most common questions asked is, “What size puzzle should I buy for my child?” This puzzle age-ability guideline will help you determine what style and number of pieces your child should be eager to build, whether you have a toddler, a preschooler or a child...

School readiness

School readiness

What is school readiness? School readiness refers to whether a child is ready to make an easy and successful transition into ‘big’ school. School readiness can be actively facilitated with a little pre-planning to ensure that children regularly participate in...

Getting ready for preschool

Getting ready for preschool

I love how each day is like a new adventure for my almost three year-old son, Cab. Sure, like most of us he isn’t a fan of getting out of bed in the morning – most of the time I am greeted with “one more minute mommy,” but once he’s ready to go it’s on! Recently, a...

Teach young children about giving back

Teach young children about giving back

Doing good for others can start as early as two years as a child can see a picture of another child without a smile and hear, “This little girl is sad because she doesn’t have any food. We are going to give her some of our food to make her tummy feel full and...

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