Introduction to puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers
So much learning and play in a puzzle! Going from parts to whole, recognizing the piece in the puzzle picture, the struggle to get the piece to fit. Sharing a puzzle takes a solitary challenge into an interactive and social activity. More information about choosing puzzles and encouraging puzzling here.
Tacy and Nessa do puzzles at home and do many puzzles at school. In this photo on the left, taken in early June 2018, these two are about two years old.  See Nessa looking at the 12-piece puzzle? In the photo on the right, taken in November, Nessa and Tacy are puzzling together on a 24-piece puzzle.
By early December, Tacy and Nessa develop sophisticated skills for putting puzzles together AND the social skills necessary to work together. The three photos show a little of the beginning, then we can watch and listen as they get the last of the African Animals 24-piece puzzle done and celebrate their success.
Tacy and Nessa like puzzles at home and do many puzzles at school. In the photo above, taken in early June 2018, these two are about two years old.  See Nessa looking at the 12-piece puzzle? In the photo below, taken in November, Nessa and Tacy are puzzling together on a 24-piece puzzle.
Sorry about the video quality in the segment, but aren't these little kids amazing? Two-and-a-half years old, yet able to negotiate, solve problems, work together, succeed, and celebrate their competence and independence.

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