Educational And Therapeutic Puzzles

Written by Charles Peacock
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Puzzles are good for the soul--and for the mind. While there is no distinct proof that puzzles make you either healthier or more intelligent, those who spend a lot of time doing them know all about their educational and therapeutic effects. Puzzles are the perfect pastime for a rainy day: they're relaxing and fun, but they're still mentally challenging.

Educational and Therapeutic Puzzles

Doing jigsaw puzzles can help in the recovery of stroke victims. Many of these individuals may be frail, and wooden pieces are much easier to handle than cheap cardboard varieties that can be difficult to pick up. Another benefit of doing puzzles is exercising your cognitive skills. Puzzles are mentally demanding: they require good memory, problem solving skills and patience. Somehow, they still always manage to be simultaneously fun and relaxing. For someone who's under the weather and needs something to help pass the time, puzzles are a fantastic solution.

Children's puzzles can take puzzles' educational properties to a whole new level. They usually do this by combining the traditional mind-exercising properties of a puzzle with a unique, informative theme. For instance, you can find puzzles that feature each letter of the alphabet, which can help children in the early stages of reading.

Another common type of educational puzzle is the animal or plant species puzzle. This type of puzzle shows a bunch of different animals or plants, sometimes even with the name below each one. As children spend time focusing on putting the puzzle together, they can familiarize themselves with the different animals or plants.

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