Project Puzzles

When relatives started calling to ask me what Zoe and Ayden wanted for Christmas, the first words out of my mouth were “something challenging for them to do with their hands.” Specifically, I was hoping for some type of construction set (like Lego’s) or some puzzles. Once the dust settled on Christmas Day, I looked around my living room and saw about 6 Lego sets, 2 jigsaw puzzles, and one mammoth-size jewelry-making kit. I was in heaven; the minute my kids look at me with the “I’m bored” face, I can whip out one of these challenging toys to keep my kids entertained and engaged.

I find things like puzzles and construction sets to be a great way to redirect Zoe when she seems to be stimming a lot. It’s a wonderful way for her to use her hands in a constructive way (as opposed to hurting her hands as she stims), and it helps with developing fine-motor skills. Puzzles challenge Zoe, as she has to follow the directions provided to complete whatever it is she is building. Solving puzzles is a good way to develop the kids’ problem-solving skills, and it helps them practice keeping focus.

What are some of your favorite activities to keep the little ones engaged, focused, and happy during the long vacation? Post your comments here, or email me at [email protected] Have a Happy New Year!

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