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  1. From early childhood to adult, we love to play with puzzles because of the many benefits that they give. Puzzles do not only exercise our minds but also challenge our way of thinking. As children develop, puzzles present many benefits to them. Just like an adult, the accomplishment of a set goal often brings so much satisfaction to a child. Overcoming the challenges involved in solving puzzles gives them a sense of pride and self-esteem. This not only boosts their self-confidence but also prepares them for other challenges in life. Simply put, puzzles can play an important role in the development of your child. Here are some of the important benefits of puzzles 

    je-suis-ballerine-puzzle2When your child is alone with a puzzle you can expect three basic skills to be built: Physical skills -- from holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit. Cognitive skills -- as they solve the problems of a puzzle. Emotional skills -- they learn patience and are rewarded when they complete the puzzle.

    But your Child doesn't need to be alone ... when you help your child build a puzzle, magic happens! 

    Communicate with a Puzzle

    Puzzles are a great way to communicate with your child. Emotionally, through speech and silence. Building a puzzle together in silence, with deep concentration just letting know that the other person is there for them, by their side no words are needed, just peace and confort knowing that you are not alone. 

    How about strengthening a language & boost their vocabulary. We do this to boost our Maltese vocabulary. Try it!

    Take this Puzzle as an expample, _ Enjoy the Farm 

    Ask simple questions like can you count the trees? 
    Are there any animals in the puzzle, what kind? can you think of a name for each animal? (adding a giggle too for all the funny names you can come up with for a pig) 

    - or complex ones, what are the two people on a bench thinking of?  did the lady on the right have a good day? What do you think the lady on the left did today? 

    A Puzzle with detail like this one encourages a multitude of questions begging to be answered in any language.

    Learning with Puzzles

    discover-the-world-puzzle4There are many puzzles around and many ways to learn, but building a puzzle that directly teaches you is always a plus. Kids learn while they play, building a puzzle like this will help them remember geography and cultural differences. Broadening their mind as they play. 

    For example, Discover and learn the beauty of the world with this puzzle, learn about each country and observe the many impressive offerings and differences each country has to offer, 

    In a nutshell, puzzles are very important in assisting the children to develop emotional skills, cognitive skills, and physical skills. Those are the benefits of puzzles in early childhood development.

    In other words, play matters, let the children PLAY!

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  2. A time capsule is a container that is filled with present day things, such as newspapers, photos, letters etc., that is then hidden away in a closet or buried in your garden, for a time, and then opened by your future self, or someone of your choosing. A present for the future!

    There are no rules – it could be a simple shoe box, which you hide away indoors, or a more weather-resistant box that can be buried in the garden. You decide how long you want to hide it, and who should open it, and most importantly, you pick what to include.

    Have Fun!

    In our capsule we added:

    - Querstionaire filled out by all members of my family
    - Times of Malta front page 
    - BBC world front page
    - My favourite Tea Bag
    - A party Popper
    - 2 Euros in coins
    - a Maltese flash card 
    - a medal of the malta marathon 
    - A Family Photo that we took today
    - other randon bits and bobs 

    Click here to download our sample Time Capsule questions