The story goes that the first puzzle was created by pure chance, all thanks to the fact that John Spilsbury, an old map designer, in the 1760s, felt the need to place one of your maps on a sturdy piece of wood, cutting the board into several parts, to make it more manageable and to delimit the borders.
From that moment on, a fairly effective educational method would be born, which in its principles would serve to teach geography to the little ones. Years later in the 20th century, the first puzzles with a more artistic style would be born, becoming rapidly popular among both children and adults.
Currently, there are endless types of puzzles that exist and their popularity remains intact, and it is no wonder if we take into account their effectiveness as an educational tool.
Over time, puzzles have been shown to be ideal for exercising the mind and socializing, as well as for developing or strengthening psychomotor skills.
What is a puzzle?
Probably most of us know the concept of what a puzzle means, however it never hurts to review its exact definition.
It is a board game, which consists of assembling an image that is divided into pieces, which fit together when placed in the indicated place. Activity that in addition to providing fun, has served as a learning tool.
Traditional puzzles form flat images, however nowadays, the game has undergone so many evolutions, that we can even find forms in three dimensions, or even styles of more abstract puzzles, where the challenge consists of joining or separating two or more pieces in a complex way; the so-called brain teasers.
How to make a puzzle?
Puzzles are easy to buy in stores or digital platforms, however, making them at home is quite simple, and we want to teach you how to make them
- 1 square cardboard
- Cold painting
- Slash paste
- 1 rule
- 1 pencil
- 1 scissors
- The printing of an image of our preference
Steps to follow
First we will start by painting all the cardboard, to give it a much nicer aesthetic.
Then we proceed to paste the image that we printed. You can also use a poster on the cardboard, smearing it with glue and making sure to stretch it well on the surface, so that there are no wrinkles.
After letting it dry, we proceed to mark the back, the edges of each piece and then cut them.
Finally, all that remains is to rejoin the pieces and form the image.
Puzzles for children
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the use of puzzles as a recreational and educational activity are children. Implementing these s has been shown to help develop and fine-tune their psychomotor skills.
It is also important to highlight the contribution it makes to the integration and socialization process experienced by each child, as well as to the strengthening of their self-esteem and their ability to face challenges.
It is also a very effective tool to strengthen memory and attention to details, as well as to develop logical thinking.