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A great range of jigsaw foam puzzle mats in various patterns and designs. Makes playing with letters, numbers and shapes fun while influencing learning as your child develops, recognizes letters or spells first word.
WARNING contains small pieces - not suitable for children under 3 years of age (developmentally).
Use under adult supervision
The mats range from Easy to Challenging, starting with:
Easy: City, followed by Shapes
Moderate: Numbers, followed by Alphabet & Numbers
Challenging: Variety, followed by Vehicles
As your child masters the first level, introduce them to the next level as they learn to recognize the shapes, letters and numbers and become skilled in assembling the puzzles.
Fine motor skill is the coordination of small muscles in movement - usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers - with the eyes. These mats are the perfect way to develop these skills by progressing from the easy to the challenging puzzles.
Use the tiles, one at a time, removing the parts, and have the child assemble the puzzle. Once one tile has been mastered repeat the process with another tile.
Further mat description below:
- Perfect tools for fine motor development
- The puzzle mats are made from high density, safe and non-toxic EVA foam.
- Brightly coloured
- Light weight
- Water proof and durable
- Easy to clean with a damp cloth
- Ideal for small spaces, classrooms, gyms, preschools and homes
- Carry bag included to make packing-up easy and by keeping all of the pieces together - no lost pieces!
- Tile size - 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm (letters and numbers 15 cm x 15 cm)
Listed below are suggestions regarding the use of Puzzle Mats and how they may assist with fine motor development. The mats range from ‘easy’ to ‘challenging’. Keep in mind they are for fun as well as learning.
CITY MAT: This mat is the most basic, it contains 9 large tiles and can be used in a square pattern, straight line or any other arrangement that works. The idea is for the roads to join, the mats can be rearranged to change the layout of the city. When finished it can be used to run small cars on to visit parts of the city.
SHAPES: A beginning mat for puzzle solving, lay the mat out on the floor with the shapes removed and have the child find the tile to match the shape.
NUMBERS: With this mat the degree of difficulty takes a step up from the shapes mat, as each tile has more pieces in the puzzle. The mat helps with learning numbers along with working on fine motor skills. Hand the tiles to the child, one at a time with the puzzle parts removed, then have the child assemble the tile. Continue until all tiles are assembled then have the child arrange the tiles in numerical order.
ALPHABET & NUMBERS: The tiles in this puzzle are smaller than tiles in the other puzzles (15cm x 15cm) and are a step up from the numbers puzzle. Use the same method as with the number puzzle, remove the puzzle parts before handing the tiles and parts to the child. The tiles can be laid out in alphabetical order or used to make words.
VEHICLES: The puzzles start to get more challenging, fine motor skills are being tested as a child assembles the tile. Using the same method as before, hand the disassembled tiles to the child, one at a time, to have them work out the puzzle.
VARIETY: The most challenging puzzle and one that will show how fine motor skills have developed. As before, use the dismantled tiles, one at a time, to have a child assemble them. For an even greater challenge for a child who easily masters the puzzle, hand over 2 dismantled tiles to increase the challenge.
Remember, have fun using the puzzles and observe how fine motor skills may have improved along with recognition of letters, numbers and shapes.