Once Adrian turned three years old, puzzles have been captivating him, offering countless hours of mindful concentration, while developing his physical, cognitive, and emotional skills. In the process of solving a puzzle, he is also developing fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. He learns to think logically: for example, with larger puzzles he starts with the "corners" and then a "border" before filling in the pieces in the middle. He is also developing problem-solving skills: "Where does this piece fit?" Moreover, puzzles help with shape recognition and assist in enhancing memory. Finally, puzzle-play encourages goal setting and patience—both of which are rewarded when the puzzle is completed!
We are very excited to have come across a new way of puzzle making DIY craft, where a child discovers a new world of artistic possibilities by creating a mosaic art with a prehistoric "Do It Yourself" kit. T-Rex Wooden Mosaic Kid's Wall Art Kit (buy here) comes with 97 different size cylinder-pieces mosaic, and is designed to increase child's hand-eye coordination, awareness of pattern, and logical sequences.
The puzzle board and pieces are made of wood, finished with non-toxic finishes. This puzzle is designed for children three-years of age or older. Once the sticker is removed, the illustrative pattern is exposed on the board.
Art plays an important part in developing individual creativity by engaging child's imagination and artistic capabilities. Here, a child, one colorful piece at a time, would arrange colorful wooden cylinders on a sticky patterned wooden base, creating a mess-free mosaic of the most famous and fearsome prehistoric dinosaur ever - the T.Rex. Unlike regular puzzles, where pieces do not interlock permanently together, with this craft-puzzle, a child gets one chance to create his/her masterpiece since once the cylinder is placed on the board, it is not meant to be removed since the board is super- sticky. (Just like with regular art, once the paint 🎨 is laid on canvas, there are no "do overs".)
This puzzle is perfect to help develop pincher motion, finger strength, dexterity and fine motor skills through precise placement and arrangement of cylinders, some of which are so tiny!
This puzzle is very engaging, offering limitless artistic possibilities.
The inspiration for this puzzle: a vicious T. Rex with movable jaw (buy here).
Once Adrian had completed his design, Julia weaved blue and red strings to complete the frame, and Adrian is eager to hang his "art" on the wall in his room to showcase his mosaic decor. What a fun way to create and be mindful, while incorporating our Dinosaurs friends! FYI these puzzles come with other dinosaur patterns (such as Triceratops, Apatosaurus, etc), as well as non-dinosaur ones such as 🦀 Crabby, Duck, and a 🐔 Rooster.
For our Dino unit study, Adrian also enjoyed a 48-piece Dinosaurs 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle (buy here).
Each 12-piece puzzle features bright and colorful artwork of a different dinosaur: Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, T-Rex, and Triceratops. The set comes in one wooden storage box, and is perfect for children three and older.
The pieces of each of four puzzles are coded with four different shapes on the back for easy sorting, and are stored in a four-compartment wooden box with a sliding lid that doubles as a convenient puzzle board.
Adrian also assembled another puzzle: the North America Water Hole Puzzle (buy here), which was challenging. 20 puzzle-pieces are small and very similar looking, but the effort was worth the challenge once Adrian could contemplate the completed waterholes set that comes with a surprise: four mini dinosaurs!
This Waterholes set illustrates dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles that lived on or in the water. Spinosaurus is believed to have mainly stayed near water. Ichthyosaurus, which was just two meters long, could be found under water. And Mosasaurus, a much bigger marine reptile, resembling a crocodile with dolphin fins and measuring up to 18 meters long, lived in the water.
Lastly, Adrian assembled a 35-Piece Dinosaur Playground Puzzle (buy here), with extra durable puzzle pieces and a bright and colorful artwork.
Adrian has been really enjoying puzzles since despite independent play, puzzles are fun, offering a creative way to be mindful, peaceful, and in the moment. Children and adults need quiet time, and what is a better way to spend such "solitude" time than solving a puzzle, while developing cognitive and fine motor skills, association and hand-eye coordination, task completion, problem-solving and so much more.
For more puzzles, read here National Puzzle Day post.
Read more about our Dino Unit Study here under Dinosaur Box.