The Origin and History of Puzzles that You Must Know

May 20, 2019 Nicole 0

Usually, when you’re too late or bored, most people will choose to let go of boredom by playing games.

Now, in addition to spending free time and also eliminate boredom, it turns out there is also a game that provides a positive impact to make us smarter.  As one of the puzzle games that will be discussed in this article.

Puzzle game as we know it is a game of arranging pieces of the picture that will later become a complete picture. It also said that this game could increase intelligence for those who play it. Of course, it is also very beneficial, especially for children’s development.

For this reason, this time, I will explain about puzzle games in this article. Please refer to the full review below.

What is Puzzle

A puzzle is a game that played to arrange images, and images are randomized beforehand. So people who play it try to arrange it in the frame by connecting pieces or pieces of small images so that they become whole images.

Puzzle pieces generally made abstract so that the pieces of the picture are unique and help players make it easier to compile. From the shape and pieces of the Puzzle can be adjusted according to the wishes of players ranging from large and small pieces. Choice of puzzle pieces that are not too complicated is very suitable for the initial method of introducing this puzzle game, especially for children.

A puzzle is a game that requires patience and perseverance in arranging children. The Puzzle is a thin piece of 2-3 or even 4-6 pieces made of wood or cardboard plates. If children are accustomed to playing puzzles, children will gradually get used to being calm, determined, and patient in getting things done. The satisfaction that obtained when a child completes a puzzle is also one of the motives for children’s motivation to discover new things

History of Puzzle Development

The word puzzle itself comes from English, which means Puzzle or pairs of pairs. Whereas Puzzle in the Indonesian dictionary interpreted as guesses. Guess is a problem or Puzzle that given as entertainment that is usually written, or done. Many guesses are rooted in mathematical problems.

The first type of Puzzle formed was a jigsaw puzzle. In 1766 by John Spilsbury, a mapmaker, a jigsaw puzzle was created through his idea of ​​drawing a map on a piece of wood and cutting it into pieces according to the boundaries of his country.

This Puzzle was created to help in geography lessons for school children of that era. By compiling the pieces of the map puzzle, students will learn about the location, position, and geographic relations between each country.

John Spilsbury saw this as a business opportunity, then he produced and sold the map puzzle. The history of jigsaw puzzles until now follows the times. Machines for cutting Puzzle are now not just jigsaw machines, there are pound machines, scrollsaw machines, or use laser beams to cut the pieces of the Puzzle made. The patterns that made now are not just maps. There are lots of puzzles with interesting patterns and drawings that mostly found in educational toy stores.

Besides jigsaw puzzles, there are also other forms of puzzles like tangram. Tangram is a puzzle originating from China in 1815. In the literature entitled “The Eighth Book of Tan,” it is written that this game has existed since 4000 years ago by a god named Tan. The game contains 700 forms, and some of them are impossible to solve.

Since then until now, there have been many new types of puzzles. With the strangeness of ways and designs that might be impossible if seen, but it turns out the game that requires the ability of the brain can also be solved and played. Such as crossword puzzles, labyrinth puzzles, mechanical puzzles, logic puzzles, construction puzzles, combination puzzles, Rubik’s cube, and the latest are calculating puzzles.

Benefits of Playing Puzzles for Your Children’s Intelligence

April 26, 2019 Nicole 0

Puzzle or knockdown toy is an educational game that has existed since the 18th century.

Not without reason, this game still preferred by today’s generation. Various studies have shown that playing puzzle will stimulate both sides of the brain so that it can hone multiple brain functions.

In children, there are at least six benefits to be gained from playing puzzles.

  1. Train memory

Playing puzzles helps children understand and follow instructions step by step in achieving a goal. Puzzles also train memory when children try to recall pieces of images, patterns, or words that have been tried but do not match.

  1. Sharpen visuospatial skills

A study from the University of Chicago, United States, in 2011, found that toddlers who regularly play puzzles have better visuospatial skills, which are skills related to perception and spatial relationships. This is because of the ability to recognize and understand shapes, sizes, colors, and spaces sharpened through puzzles.

  1. Sharpen fine motor skills

When playing puzzles, children are asked to attach, move small or large pieces of pictures, circle letters or words, rotate knobs, or insert puzzle pieces into specific holes according to their shape.  All of these activities will hone excellent motor skills, which are very necessary to do daily activities. Developing these skills early on will make it easier for children to learn to write, draw, and play musical instruments.

  1. Practicing eye and hand coordination

Both pictorial puzzles, crosswords, learning shapes that are suitable or not suitable, all require coordination between eyes and hands. Through puzzle games, the ability to connect what is seen by the eye and how the hands respond to it will be honed.

  1. Practicing social skills

There are many types of puzzles that require working together with others to solve the complexity of the puzzle being played. This will encourage children to work and play together, both with parents and peers. Playing puzzles in groups will help children to understand what patience and cooperation mean, and learn to know their turn.

  1. Sharpen the ability to solve problems

Each puzzle has a clear goal to achieve. The goal can be a complete picture, successfully matching all shapes, or completing a crossword puzzle. When the child starts to play the puzzle, he will see that there are steps that need to be taken to solve it. From here, children learn to be able to solve the problems they face with creative thinking patterns.

Puzzles suitable for children

So, what kind of puzzle game is suitable for children? Puzzles are all types of games that have two main characteristics: designed to entertain the players, and there is a clear solution. To get the answer, you need the ability to think and strategies to solve problems.

So far, maybe all you know is a jigsaw puzzle, which is a puzzle that consists of small pieces put together into a whole picture. However, puzzles have a lot of variations, for example, Rubik’s cube, scrabble (a game of words), Sudoku (logic puzzles with numbers), crosswords, mathematical puzzles, or patterned puzzles.

For toddlers, you can start with a two-dimensional puzzle with large pieces or a block puzzle. When the child has entered school age, you can introduce it to the type of three-dimensional puzzle or other puzzle variations, as mentioned earlier.

In addition to supporting children’s development, playing puzzle is one of the fun ways to fill your quality time with your child. It’s okay if this becomes one of the favorite activities in the family. Also, the puzzle is easy to carry so that you and your little one can play anywhere and anytime. Have a nice play!