As the parent of a preschooler, I’ve become aware of how important “puzzle play” in the development of little minds. New research is showing that puzzles can help children improve math skills, among other things (such as science, technology, and engineering). For more information, read this article here.
As a result, I’ve been stocking up on jigsaw puzzles recently and I try to get Shaan to put together a puzzle a day, when possible. Because my goal is to always try and incorporate God into the everyday of what we are learning, I was excited to find Melissa and Doug Bible story puzzles. My sweet aunt gave Shaan the David and Goliath puzzle for his birthday, and he’s just reached the age where he can put it together by himself now (it’s a 48 piece puzzle). As a result, I decided to see if there were any other puzzles like the David and Goliath one available, and I found the 100 piece Noah’s Ark one online. These are beautiful, large floor puzzles and my son LOVES to put them together. Just so you get an idea of how great the quality is (i.e. how large these puzzles are), here’s a picture of him lying beside the David and Goliath puzzle:
Also, here’s a picture of the Noah’s Ark puzzle as well (note: the pic is a little off center as I let Shaan take a picture of it with my phone – ha!):
We’ve had a lot of fun with these puzzles, and I think there are several more of them available online (Jonah and the Whale, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, etc.). I purchased mine on Amazon, but I saw where Christianbook.com has them as well. Check them out!