The Ireland Icons Puzzle by Alphabet Jigsaws is a wonderful introduction to the rich natural and cultural heritage to be found on our shores. Individual pieces show many of Ireland’s national treasures and traditions as well as some of our more celebrated wildlife. The Map also shows the 4 provinces of Ireland and some important landmarks:
A Harp, Dublin’s Pigeon Loft and 4 Courts, a Galway Hooker, The Titanic, The Giant’s Causeway, a Dolmen, a Fiddle and Bodhran, Hook Head Lighthouse, a Viking Helmet, a Puffin, a Sheep, a Cow, Fungie the Dolphin, The Glensheen Collar, A Hurl, Sliotar and Football and finally a pint of the black stuff!
Hand painted in vibrant colours, this educational map jigsaw puzzle provides the perfect way for the whole family to learn about the island of Ireland.
The Ireland Jigsaw wooden puzzle comes beautifully packaged in a recycled cardboard presentation box and comes with a lovely drawstring cotton bag for storage after play.
Cotton bag included
Dimensions: 23cm x 33cm x 2cm
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About Alphabet Jigsaws
Since 1997, We have been designing and producing original handcrafted wooden jigsaw puzzles for children of all ages. Our products are made from sustainably sourced wood and painted by hand in dazzling colours, using non-toxic acrylic paints. Each jigsaw comes packaged in a recycled cardboard box with a drawstring cotton bag for storage after play.
10 reasons why jigsaw puzzles & this Ireland Icons Puzzle Alphabet Jigsaws 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 visuo-spatial 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 members.
- 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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