I love puzzles! I have since I was a child. Growing up in the country, many weekend nights were spent cosying up with my cat and a 500 or 1000 piece puzzle. As a busy mom, I have recently reacquainted myself with puzzles for my own enjoyment. I love the quiet and sense of accomplishment it brings me, as well as focusing on it so much that all my daily stresses leave my mind.
My oldest has acquired my fondness for puzzles and we often work on them together after the youngest has gone to bed (although she has become an excellent side / middle piece sorter, she hasn’t yet developed the patience / focus to sit through longer sessions).
There are many reasons I love puzzles as part of our homeschool: problem solving, cognitive skills, fine motor development, and a sense of accomplishment are a few. Also, we have had several informative puzzles come our way that the kids have really enjoyed – a map of Canada, flags of the world, floor sized puzzles with information sheets on sea creatures and the human body (this one is extra cool as it is double sided – one side bones, other side organs).
Do you use puzzles in your homeschool / family life? What do you enjoy the most about them? Follow along all month for my 31 Days of our Favorite Homeschooling Activities.