Jigsaw puzzles have been a toy box regular for generations and are frequently touted as a great educational tool, but exactly why are puzzles considered to be so good for children’s learning? Read on to discover just some of the many documented benefits puzzles have to offer children of all ages.
Hand-Eye and Fine Motor Skills
Picking-up, positioning and removing puzzle pieces helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Fine motor skills (those that require small, specialised movements of the hand, fingers and thumb), are necessary for a myriad of life activities including feeding, dressing (buttoning and unzipping) and handwriting.
Finding the right place to position each puzzle piece calls on important cognitive skills such as attention, reasoning, thinking and memory. These brain-based skills are skills that we require to carry out any task, from the most basic to the very complex.Social Skills
Puzzles are ideal for encouraging independent play, however, they are also a great activity to enjoy with friends and family. Working with others to complete a puzzle encourages conversation and communication, cooperative play, sharing and turn-taking, all important social skills.
While puzzles are fun and engaging, they are also an activity that has an ending, being puzzle completion. Reaching that end goal of completion requires planning, focus and patience. Once your child has completed their puzzle they will feel satisfaction and can gain confidence in their ability to solve a task and move on to another challenge.
Send A Toy carries a wide range of puzzles for children of all ages. When selecting a puzzle it is important that you choose something that is age appropriate and depicts a scene that will engage and interest the child.
For the youngest puzzlers, we suggest that you start with a one piece peg or knob puzzle. These types of puzzles are often made of wood and have large chunky pieces that are easy for young hands to manipulate. They also incorporate a knob or peg on each puzzle piece that will enhance pincer-grip and assist the child in manipulating the pieces. A great example of a classic knob puzzle is the wooden shapes puzzle by Everearth. This puzzle is also a useful tool for shape and colour recognition.
As you child's abilities grow they will be ready to move on to slightly more complex puzzles. By the age of 3 many children are ready to enjoy a puzzle comprising of around 6 - 12 pieces. Choose a puzzle that is vibrant, cheerful and depicts a object that is familiar to your child, such as a vehicle or animal. We love Djeco's Primo Progressive Puzzle for this age group. This grow-with-your-child puzzle set incorporates a 9-piece, 12-piece and 16-piece puzzle each featuring a beautifully illustrated animal. Your child can start with the 9-piece and move onto the more complex puzzles as their abilities grow.
By the age of 4 or 5 many children are good little puzzle solvers and ready to tackle larger puzzles that provide a greater challenge. Both Djeco and Crocodile Creek produce a beautiful selection of 36-piece Silhouette Puzzles that are great for this age range. Try:
For older children who have developed greater patience and problem solving skills we suggest Djeco's 'Gallery' and 'Discovery' puzzle ranges. Starting from ages 5 and up and moving from objects to more complex scenes, you will find something for every child. Send A Toy staff picks include:
Kings Party Puzzle and Poster (100-piece | Age 5+)
Bluegrass Band Gallery Puzzle (200-piece | Age 6 +)
Wonderful Walk Puzzle Gallery (350-piece | Age 7 +)
HOW MUCH IS DELIVERY?
FREE standard Australia wide delivery for orders with a goods value of $100.00 or more.
A flat $8.95 delivery charge applies to all orders under $100 (this charge includes signature delivery and a traceable consignment number).
Express Post next business day* delivery is available for orders under 3kg . A flat $13.95 charge applies for this service. (If your order exceeds 3kg, express post will not be offered as a delivery option during checkout).
*Applies to express post orders placed before 12:00 pm (ACDT). Destinations outside of the express network will usually take more than 1 business day to arrive.WHAT IF I AM NOT HOME AT THE TIME OF DELIVERY?
CAN MY PARCEL BE DELIVERED TO A PO BOX?
HOW LONG WILL DELIVERY TAKE?
Your order will be posted within 24 hours, excluding weekends and South Australian Public holidays. Delivery times vary depending on your location, please refer to the table below for further details. (Express post orders placed before 12:00pm ACDT will be dispatched same business day for a next business day delivery within the Australia Post express network).
The following delivery standards apply to regular post orders from the time they leave Send A Toy and are based on Australia Post's delivery guidelines and our experience. Occasionally delays may occur as a result of our carrier for which we have no control over. In these circumstances Send A Toy will not be held liable for or provide compensation for the delay or any resulting inconvenience. Please allow extra time for processing and delivery at peak Christmas times.
|DESTINATION||TRANSIT TIME (following dispatch)|
|Adelaide Metro||1 - 2 business days|
|South Australia (areas outside Adelaide metro)||2 - 4 business days|
|Melbourne Metro||2 - 3 business days|
|Victoria (areas outside Melbourne metro)||3 - 5 business days|
|Sydney Metro||3 - 4 business days|
|New South Wales (all areas outside Sydney metro)||4 - 6 business days|
|ACT||3 - 4 business days|
|Brisbane and Gold Coast||4 - 6 business days|
|Queensland (areas outside Brisbane and Gold Coast)||6 - 10 business days|
|Perth Metro||4 - 6 business days|
|Western Australia (areas outside Perth Metro)||4 - 10 business days|
|Tasmania||4 - 7 business days|
|Northern Territory||6 - 10 business days|
|New Zealand||4 - 10 business days|
DO YOU OFFER AN EXPRESS POST SERVICE?
Yes. Express Post is available for Australian orders with a packed weight not exceeding 3 kilograms. The charge for this service is a flat $13.95.
NOTE: if your order exceeds 3kg express post will not be displayed as a freight option during checkout. In this instance please contact Send A Toy for an express freight quote.
Express post orders placed before 12:00pm (ACDT) will arrive within 1 business day following order placement (excluding weekends and Public Holidays). This assumes that your delivery postcode is within the Australia Post express network. Express post orders sent to postcodes outside of the express network may take longer than 1 business day to arrive.
Disclaimer: occasionally delays may occur as a result of our carrier for which we have no control over. In these circumstances a refund will be provided for the express delivery charge only. Send A Toy will not be held liable or provide further compensation for any delays incurred.DO YOU OFFER A SAME DAY DELIVERY SERVICE?
We currently ship to Australia and New Zealand* only
*A maximum packed weight of 6kg apples to New Zealand orders. If your order exceeds 6KG then our New Zealand freight option will not be displayed during checkout.
The following freight charges apply to New Zealand orders:
HOW DO I SEND MULTIPLE GIFTS TO DIFFERENT ADDRESSES ?
Please place separate orders online or contact Send A Toy during our business hours to discuss your order requirements.