Are you looking for a simple yet effective way to handle difficult conversations with your kids? Look no further than jigsaw puzzles. Why? Here are five reasons.
1) KEEP YOU FOCUSED ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC/GOAL
Just like you can easily find a book related to any topic of your choice, you can easily find a jigsaw puzzle related to almost any type of conversation that you find difficult to start with your kid. The Zee-Zee’s World, for example, offers 17 jigsaw puzzles that address a wide range of issues that kids face — such as bullying, low-self esteem, autism, family issues, etc. And because each puzzle is designed for a specific topic, it makes it easier for you and your little one to stay focused.
2) ASSOCIATE THE TOPIC WITH A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND PRIDE
Kids learn faster when they can associate the topic/subject with a sense of pride and accomplishment. And jigsaw puzzles can be very helpful in this regard. When kids complete the puzzle, they get a sense of victory — and that’s the time when they see the complete picture of the puzzle (that might be related to any topic). This creates a positive association in their minds for the topic and encourages them to talk about it — because it reminds them of their success.
3) GIVE KIDS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS
When kids see the assembled image, it makes them curious and interested to learn more. It encourages them to speak their mind and gives them an opportunity to ask questions. They will listen to your answers attentively because they will be eager to interpret the image in front of them. So make sure you don’t answer their questions off the top of your head, and keep the conversation very relevant to the main topic. The Zee-Zee’s kids' conversation cards (that come with every puzzle) can help you do just that.
4) BECOMES A BUDGET-FRIENDLY, FUN, AND LEARNING HOBBY
Children learn through repetition and practice, and learning about difficult conversations is no exception. The jigsaw puzzles not only catch kids' attention but also spark their interest so that they may enjoy practicing more — and make it their hobby. And once it becomes their hobby, they will feel more comfortable, relaxed, and at ease while solving the puzzle. Also, it will be easier for you to introduce new puzzles (with different topics) to them — knowing that they will happily engage in the activity.
5) OFFER MULTIPLE MODES OF PLAY
Jigsaw puzzles can appeal to any child because they offer multiple modes of play. Once you have taught them how to play and what is the meaning behind the assembled image and the card, they can repeat the activity by themselves, with a friend, or with you again.
Please let us know how jigsaw puzzles have helped you make difficult conversations with your kids easier? We would love to hear from you!
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