When is the last time you sat down to complete a jigsaw puzzle?
Has it been awhile, or are you a puzzle pro?
Have you ever used puzzles in the classroom?
What skills do puzzle teach?
These are my 7 favorite reasons to use jigsaw puzzles in the classroom
- When students work together on puzzles, they learn teamwork, cooperation, and sharing.
- Puzzles help with memory and recall. They are excellent for teaching new concepts and facts.
- Assembling puzzles is a low-stress and fun way to familiarize kids with concepts they need to memorize.
- Jigsaw puzzles are a constructive way to keep kids quiet and focused.
- Children feel a sense of satisfaction when they fit the pieces together, giving a much-needed boost to their confidence.
- Puzzles don’t require instructions or rules. Students can sit down and work on them for a few minutes at a time, any time.
- Puzzles are a productive and meaningful way to fill up free time. Students can tackle puzzles for a few minutes at the beginning or end of class. Those who finish their work early can spend a few minutes fitting pieces together while others catch up.
What are your favorite puzzles for the classroom? Do you use them regularly?
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