Playing with and solving puzzles is paramount in human development. From the simplest of peg-in-the-hole type games to the mysteries of science and technology, puzzles not only help us develop cognitive skills, such as reasoning, logic, deduction and sequencing, but also improve fine motor skills and hand to eye coordination. Moreover, they improve social and communication skills if solved in a group. Success in problem solving also boosts self esteem and gives confidence to take on more and more complex problems.
For the smallest kids, peg-in-the-hole type games and 3-50 piece puzzles activate the brain, improve the ability to focus and use reason to figure out what is possible, probable and impossible.