Melissa & Doug Sound Puzzles: Multiple Skills, One Product
From animals and pets to shapes and the alphabet, Melissa & Doug sound puzzles offer kids the ability to enhance multiple skills at one time. The puzzle makes a sound or says the name of the object when a puzzle piece fits into the correct slot. Children respond to this stimulation with a drive to continue to match the correct pieces. Each time they do, they build on specific motor skills and develop cognitive abilities, such as critical listening and memory.
Building Motor Skills
Melissa & Doug sound puzzles encourage hand-eye coordination by using colorful, distinct puzzle pieces and slots so a child makes a visual connection between the two. Puzzles also encourage fine motor skills because a child has to manipulate the puzzle pieces to fit the slot correctly. Kids begin making distinctions between sizes, shapes and outlines every time they place the proper piece in the puzzle board. Good motor skills later lead to strong, coordinated hands for simple task such as holding a pen or pencil and writing, or more complex tasks, such as dexterity for sports, musical instruments or artistic endeavors.
Building Cognitive Abilities
Melissa & Doug sound puzzles intrigue children because of the satisfaction of hearing the corresponding sound made when a puzzle piece fits. Children begin associating the sounds with the object, such as the roar of a lion or the proper name for a letter in the alphabet. Over time and with repetition, a child begins to remember which sounds belong to which objects. Building these cognitive skills helps children build a foundation for critical listening and information retention that is essential for learning for the rest of their lives.