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We have decided to write a blog about our smart kid, and document and highlight things about him that are of interest or that come to mind.  It's not often as parents that we get to document everything that our children do, or tell our kids about them.  We're always being told as well that we have a smart child on our hands, so we decided to make this blog to document not only for us to remember down the line, but for our child to reflect back on and see his own progression, and why we, and many others call him a smart kid.  You're welcome to join us as we write about our son, and should another child come into our lives, as we add on another smart kid to the blog as well!  Enjoy!



Wooden Puzzles for Toddlers - Are They Really Helpful?


posted by German on Sunday, March 18, 2012at 20:16 || under Helpful Product

Wooden Puzzles for Toddlers - Are They Really Helpful?

Some of you may have stumbled on the wooden puzzles for toddlers that some of the stores like Walmart or Target carry.  Some parents may look at them and bypass them altogether, feeling like they're a waste.  Other parents may feel the need to buy their child every last wooden puzzle known to man just for the sake of spoiling their baby.  With more and more of them being made, you sorta have to ask yourself if these wooden puzzles for toddlers are really helpful, or another gimmick.

Okay, so as far as whether they're a gimmick, I would have to say no.  As with anything, there has to be a growing variety for parents to choose from, so you may see more and more of them being produced, even some with famous characters.  But with more and more wooden puzzles for toddlers being made, it can be easy to be a bit overwhelmed, as to whether to buy one with huge shapes, puzzles with smaller shapes, and so on.  It doesn't have to be a difficult decision at all.

One of the best options of wooden puzzles for toddlers to buy is obviously going to be something with bigger shapes, depending on where your toddler may be regarding putting things in his or her mouth.  We can definitely say and thank God that though Isaiah had a phase early on during his 12 month stage or so, we were able to discipline him really quickly to where he stopped putting things in his mouth that weren't edible.  He learned rather quickly, and thank goodness so far, as his 25 months of age now, he doesn't put toys or other things in his mouth.  So with that said, keeping in mind as to how your child may or may not want to put things in their mouth, you can rule out some of the smaller options.

One of the wooden puzzles for toddlers that I would recommend as a good option, is the Wooden Large Shapes Jumbo Puzzle.  This will not only allow your child to work on his or her motor skills and learning how to fit puzzles into place, but your toddler can also learn their shapes at the same time.  Anything that can teach your toddler something while learning something else at the same time is pretty good if you ask me. 

Another puzzle that works well, is the one that Isaiah is playing with in the picture above, which is the Melissa & Doug Vehicles puzzle (they have a bundled set I linked to, and some spots may still sell the individual puzzle as above).  This one is pretty cool because some of the shapes are odd, and will teach your child to better use his or her hand and eye coordination and puzzle solving skills to fit the awkward puzzle shapes in, such as the cruise ship.  So this one is a great option as well.  Isaiah still loves playing with it often as well even though he easily can put the puzzle pieces in by now.

Another good option of the variety of puzzles, is the Melissa & Doug Alphabet and Numbers bundle.  This option works well, in that similar to the Shapes puzzle mentioned above, your child can be taught the alphabets little by little while learning puzzle solving skills and fitting those pieces in properly.  Engage your child while they are doing the puzzles, and they will enjoy learning and starting to repeat after you more and more.  You'd be surprised what your toddlers can learn at such a young age, and learning the alphabets early on will be a great benefit to your child down the line as well.  You also have this alphabet puzzle option, the Alphabet Sound Puzzle, which will repeat the letter when your child puts the puzzle piece on correctly.  Of course, there's always the option of learning the alphabets by teaching through songs, as we did with Isaiah using the Hooked on Phonics as we mentioned on our other blog post.

All in all, your baby is eager to learn at a young age.  The thing with some parents is that they focus on letting baby have fun rather than engaging them into activities that will learn.  I'm not saying you should spend countless hours teaching them.  What I am saying is that simple activities that lets your child have fun can also be a great learning experience for them.  And remember, their minds are sponges, especially at a very young age, so it's best to let them absorb as much as they're willing and eager to learn early on... after all, what harm can it do?  Isaiah has already learned quite a bit, but it's also because we engage him in some of the activities that he is learning from, and show him how fun it can be.  He seems to have developed an eagerness for learning new things early on, so that will make for a bit of an easier time with some things in teaching him. 

So all in all, we have raised our smart kid to be intelligent through various activities and lessons.  And wooden puzzles for toddlers do have a great impact as well, so I would definitely recommend one or two of them.  Just don't get out of hand with buying too many of them.  One or two of them should do the trick.  Happy parenting!  Feel free to share this post with others that may find benefit from it as well!

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