A giant 36-piece floor puzzle of this fun traditional game for 2 to 4 players. Make the puzzle then play the game with a large foam dice and 4 chunky counters. The game has 48 large squares to give a shorter game for younger players. Encourages children to count while having fun with this Galt Giant Snakes And Ladders Puzzle. Game instructions included.
Size of puzzle: 80 x 80cm (31½” x 31½”).
3 Years & Onwards
Set of 6 shaped 2-piece puzzles for very young children. Simple colour puzzles with chunky pieces to encourage early matching skills and manual dexterity.
18 months to 2 years
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Behind the colourful and engaging toys, games and puzzles that Galt Toys is renowned for, there is a vibrant, local history with a story that began over 180 years ago. James Galt, originally born in Stewarton, Ayrshire, established an educational stockist in Manchester in 1836 before expanding into printing and publishing in the 1850s. A century later, the business relocated to Cheadle in Cheshire in 1957, where Galt can still be found today.
The Galt Toys division was formed in 1961 and remains dedicated to producing and selling quality toys, beloved by generations of parents and children alike. Galt Toys inspire learning through play and are designed to be fun, colourful, and imaginative, while also supporting all areas of child development. From a new-born reaching out to explore the textures and sounds of the innovative Playnest to the aspiring scientist conducting their very first experiments with the Explore & Discover range, Galt Toys grow with your child.
10 reasons why jigsaw puzzles & this Galt Giant Snakes And Ladders Puzzle are beneficial for children
- Fine motor development
Jigsaw puzzles help to develop and refine a child’s fine motor skills. In order to play with a jigsaw puzzle, children need to pick up, pinch and hold pieces, move them around and manipulate them into the correct slots.
- Hand and eye coordination
Playing with jigsaws requires trial and error. If a piece doesn’t fit, a child must put it down and try another one. This is all fantastic practice for developing a child’s hand and eye coordination
- Problem solving and logical reasoning
Completing a jigsaw puzzle successfully can’t be cheated so your child needs to use critical thinking, reasoning skills and problem solving – all skills which are valuable in later life.
- Spatial awareness
Clinical trials* have proved that by working out how smaller pieces fit into the bigger picture children develop their skills of movement, depth and distance perception – known to neurologists as visuospatial functioning.
- Cognitive skills
Jigsaw puzzles come in a wide array of topics. Jigsaws are a great way of arousing children’s interest in a subject but also committing information to memory – known as subliminal learning or learning through play.
- Improved memory and attention span
Jigsaw puzzles are especially good at reinforcing existing connections between our brain cells and therefore improving short-term memory. One study** reveals that playing jigsaw puzzles can reduce our chances of developing certain types of mental illness, memory loss and dementia later in life. It also helps children to improve their ability to focus for long hours, learning perseverance and patience along the way.
- Self esteem
“I did it!” Completing a jigsaw puzzle gives children a great sense of satisfaction and pride in themselves. It’s a great boost to self-confidence and self-esteem, which will give them confidence to take on other bigger challenges whilst keeping a positive growth mind-set.
By working together as a family or collaborating with a friend over a jigsaw puzzle, a child is practicing valuable life skills, such as communication, sharing, turn taking, allocating tasks in order to succeed, and lending support to their team member.
- Meditative benefits
As children concentrate on a jigsaw puzzle their minds are completely focused. Whilst tasked with searching for colours and shapes, they’re allowing their brains to let go of any stresses and anxieties, creating calm and well-being.
- Last, but not least – It’s FUN!
Children of all ages love jigsaw puzzles. As do adults. Don’t just reserve jigsaw puzzles for rainy days, enjoy them together at any time and reap the benefits. A puzzle keeps the whole family entertained for hours on end.
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