Wooden Knob Puzzle Wild Animals introduces toddlers to puzzle play. Simple, realistic pictures printed directly on the wood. Large, thick, wooden pieces, and easy to grasp round knobs make removing and placing pieces easier. Helpful to toddlers and preschoolers including those with special needs. Requires better pincer grasp than Giant Knob Puzzles. Six piece puzzle measures 9 1/2″L x 11 5/8″W x 3/8″H.
What Children Learn From Wooden Knob Puzzle Wild Animals
While playing with Wooden Knob Puzzle Wild Animals, children learn basic skills of daily living. And lay the foundation for future learning. Social skills develop when parent and child work together. They communicate, cooperate, take turns. The adult names the animals. Shares information about each one, such as where the animal lives. This builds cognitive and language skills.
Children sometimes become frustrated while playing with puzzles. Parents support emotional development by offering encouragement. And by working with the child to figure out possible solutions. Patience, persistence, and pride in accomplishing a challenging task begin to blossom. When these tactics fail, call a recess. No blame, no shame. The child learns an important life lesson. When overwhelmed by frustration – or any emotion, immediately take a break. Do something else. Then return to the task. Successful problem solving often requires such “re-grouping”.
Puzzle play builds essential fine motor skills. Picking up a puzzle piece involves the small muscles in the fingers, hand, and wrist. Also eye-hand coordination. Practice builds muscle memory so that over time the movements become easy. Fitting pieces in place develops spatial awareness, abstract thinking, and deductive reasoning.
Ways to Extend Play
Further play and learning by introducing wild animal figures. Start with ones from the puzzle: lion, bear, tiger, zebra, elephant, and giraffe. Consider groupings, such as lion, lioness, and cub, Bengal tigress, tiger, and cub, African elephant and calf, Reticulated giraffe and calf. Extend pretend play and storytelling opportunities with additional animal figures, both wild and farm.