Puzzles seem like mere games to many people yet there is evidence that puzzles are actually excellent tools to help people think critically, learn to problem-solve and enhance overall cognition. Puzzles makes a person think about what they are doing as they solve the problem. Even small babies are given puzzles to play with since puzzles for early-learners help youngsters learn to identify shapes and gauge the relationship between size and shape.
As people get older we use puzzles as a form of entertainment or play. Puzzles can be found in various shapes and sizes and feature numerous depictions on them—from animation to still-life photographs. Puzzles can also be good for any number of age groups. Some puzzles consist of ten pieces or less and can be quickly solved by a two or three year old. Then there are puzzles that consist of thousands of pieces and can take an adult weeks or months to complete!
Puzzles are a popular item among collectors and some people become addicted to solving them. Yet puzzles have positive mental impacts since they make the brain work and, as a muscle, the more a brain is exercised the sharper and healthier it will be.
Introducing children to puzzles when they are still very young (less than four years old) heightens the chance that they will learn to solve tasks using logic and deep thinking and it is also more likely that, as they get older and work on more complicated puzzles, they will have a higher tolerance for waiting for results. Such patience will benefit them in future studies (and work) when a lot of research and time may be required to achieve a desired result.