During playtime provide puzzles or toys that require fitting something in, such as a shape box.
Observe as the child tries to put pieces in the puzzle or toy.
The child manipulates the pieces, changing the orientation when they don’t fit.
Children learn many things from puzzles and similar toys, such as construction materials of different types. Help parents understand that these types of toys teach about size, shape, spatial configuration, and problem solving. Encourage them to play with the child so they can point out various aspects to the child. They should give clues, but not solve it for the child.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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