Doing puzzle provides coordination of the hand, eye and brain, enabling the third to be active. First of all, children analyse the piece of the puzzle they took in order to find their place in the bigger picture. They rotate, turns, looks behind the piece, think and tries to find signals by sending signals to the brain to locate the part. While trying to find the piece’s place child thinks and it provides hand, eye and brain coordination.
Fine motor skills need to be developed in order to achieve writing, holding and lifting an object. Doing puzzle is one of the activities that provides to fine motor development.
Children develop their ability to solve problems by looking at the shapes of jigsaw pieces, trying to figure out which shape matches or not, and where they fit. They succeed by using their intelligence and logic. By using the problem solving ability in life, children will solve their problems by making the right decisions in a short time.
It is of utmost importance to recognize and distinguish the shapes, colours, in the mental development of infants and young children. There are also many pieces and colours of puzzles. Some colours are intense in some parts. The child finds the same colour in the puzzle with the colour of his hand, then combines it in his mind first, then puts it to its place. Finding the places of different pieces in picture and putting them together means the child comprehends the integrity. It helps to develop the sense of meronymy.
The child may not be able to immediately find the place of the piece he/she have in his/her hand. After analysing it, he/she can hold it for a while and decide to go on with another piece. After a while he/she remembers when he/she finds the piece he/she tried to find, and immediately combines it with the appropriate place. The child looks at many pieces in various colours and shapes, while at the same time trying to remember to activate and strengthen the photographic memory.
While trying to combine pieces, child tries to remember the pieces in different shapes and colours. The child sends signals to the brain, and it makes easy to remember the shapes and colours. While all this connotations it contributes mind and memory.
While children try to solve the puzzle, they develop strategies in their minds to solve them in the shortest and most practical way. They tries to solve all the pieces by separating them according to their colours and shapes, by fitting them to a certain system. Thus, while trying to achieve their goals they learn the meronymy and can achieve whatever they want with small steps.
Children know that they must be very careful to quickly complete their puzzles. They try to reach the solution as soon as possible by gathering all their attention. In this case, attention deficit in children and eye coordination of the eye can be improved.