Friday, July 20, 2012


My little dude has discovered jigsaw puzzles!  Oh, how fun!  Since early on, Zayit has loved playing with puzzles.  We started out with the Melissa and Doug Chunky Puzzles, then moved on to an ABC puzzle (this one was a favorite for months and helped immensely with letter recognition), and now he has mastered the art of the jigsaw.  Melissa and Doug make some awesome wooden 12-24 piece jigsaw puzzles as well as the larger floor puzzles.  We haven't advanced to the floor puzzles yet, but we will soon!  One of the local toy stores has them on sale this month, BOGO.  Can't beat that!  

Puzzles are great for little ones in so many ways.  They help with spatial recognition, fine motor control, patience and persistence, coordination...  The list goes on.  And the sense of accomplishment when the puzzle is completed - I just love that "high 5" at the end.  "Look Mommi, I did it!"

A couple weeks ago, I ran across a set of 4 puzzles with the theme of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We LOVE Eric Carle.  Zayit impressed me the other morning when he put all 4 puzzles together in one sitting (talk about concentration!) and with very little assistance.  That's my boy  :)

Deep in concentration, using his fine motor muscles to get that piece in...

Looking at the picture to figure out where his piece goes...

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