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Puzzle Solving Benefits for Kids

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

For more than 20 years I’ve challenged myself to get kids excited about learning. Whether it’s my own children at home or my students at school, I have searched for the best ways to encourage them to love that feeling when they think deeply and creatively, and ultimately find an answer. I’ve always gravitated toward puzzle-type activities to encourage that thinking because, deep within me, I’ve known it is good for kids’ brains and hearts. Here’s my take on How Puzzles Benefit the Whole Child:

1. Puzzles Are a True Mental Workout. When kids solve puzzles*, they have to use nearly every part of their brains while solving. To be efficient, puzzles require the solvers to read and understand the goal, plan ahead, think critically, think creatively, and remember past experiences that have led to correct answers. If the puzzle is something active, it could also call for motor coordination. When completed in groups, puzzles require support with behavior and social emotional regulation. This is a major workout for our kids’ brains, and a great opportunity to strengthen their ability to become flexible, deep thinkers.

2. Puzzles Can Improve Your Kids’ EQ and IQ. Lots of research has been shared about increasing IQ scores. But with such easy access to information in today’s world, I’m most interested in making sure my kids grow up with skills to interact and collaborate with other people. Solving puzzles in pairs or small groups is a great way for kids to learn better collaboration and teamwork skills. Of course, kids need guidance to learn these skills, but puzzles are a perfect avenue to build them. Solving Fun’s Solving Guide shares some strategies to build lots of skills through puzzle solving.