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    Default How do you teach a 3yo how to do puzzles??

    DD is 3 and i LOVE puzzles and was thinking she would too. The ting is i dont actually know how to teach her to do them. Ive tried explaining that this piece has some of thomas on it and so does this so they must go together (its a thomas the tank puzzle). But she just doesnt get it. Its so frustrating.

    Help me teach my DD the concept of puzzles!!!

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    Take a long look at the puzzle together first, talk about it, ask her questions (can you see the wheels? Can you see some flowers ? Where is the car etc) etc.
    And start slowly, for a three yr old, I'd start with a 9 piece puzzle to get her going and to build skills and confidence.
    Encourage her to take the pieces out (don't let her tip out the pieces, by taking them out one by one or a few at a time, it's going to help her remember where they go or how they contributed to the picture, plus it's good for developing fine motor and hand eye co-ordination)

    Start with the corners first, then the pieces with long sides (so the sides, top line and bottom line) talk about colours, matching up pieces because they are the same colour, part of the same part of the puzzle as discussed earlier. Just talk all the time and it will eventually just "click" for her after a couple of times and she will just steam ahead without you!
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    We started off with the 4 piece puzzles and worked our way up from there. 3yo DS can now do 16-20 piece puzzles without much assistance. I know you can get the 4pc ones from Kmart. Hth

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    I know the wooden block ones are where my DS started as a one year old and he's almost 4 and a puzzle master! Perhaps explain it by saying that there is a big picture (show the box) and all these chunks can be put together to form the big picture. Perhaps do the first one and allow bub to watch and observe. Point out when you're wrong (ie "that one can't go there - it doesn't fit!" or "look, they're blue here but this piece had purple so that can't be right" etc)


 

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