48-Piece Puzzles At Age 3?

Monday, April 23, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

I'm not usually a fan of parents bragging endlessly about their kids. But I am a blogger. With kids. It's bound to happen every now and then :)

Yes, it's true! That charming little son of mine has seem to have taken a liking to puzzles. :) In fact, the Easter Bunny brought him three that he's had a blast putting together. He blew through a larger farm-themed puzzle with 24 pieces completely on his own, which was suggested to be for age 5. He also put together two more difficult puzzles with very minimal help - a small Winnie The Pooh puzzle with 24-pieces, and a Cars 2 puzzle with 48 pieces.

Is a 3-year-old putting together a 48-piece puzzle almost completely on his own normal? I have no idea. I simply noticed that Phoenix was interested in puzzles at the library, so I decided to get a few different ones to see how he did at home. Before this, his puzzles were the kind where you match the shapes of the pieces, not the interlocking jigsaw puzzles. He hasn't played with them in a while, and I just assumed it wasn't an activity he was interested in.

Now, that we have puzzles that challenge him at home, he loves to put them together, and prefers to do them on his own. I think that the act of finding interlocking pieces that match gives him a major confidence boost, a sense of accomplishment, and the ability to work autonomously.  

Whether your children enjoys coloring, counting, crafts, or something else, encourage them! Children become interested in different activities at different times. Take note of what interests your children, and guide them along whatever path they are interested in. 

Your comments are always welcome and appreciated. I love reading what you have to say! :)

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