Math is an important subject for kids throughout their academic journey. Irrespective of what your kids choose to be, math will always be a part of their curriculum. Leave the academics; your kids will need their learnings from their math classes to deal with even the simplest situations life throws at them.
For instance, shopping, be it for clothes or groceries, is impossible to manage without addition and subtraction skills. To sum up, your kid’s math abilities can help them ensure a better chance of success in life.
That said, math, although it is an important subject, is a little difficult compared to other subjects. A lot of kids find it tough and fail to secure good math grades during their academic years.
Your kid could be one of these kids. And if they are someone who struggles with math problems, the first thing we want you to do is to stay calm. You can help your kids improve their math skills. “How?” By making math interesting by using interesting math puzzles.
Here’s how using math puzzles will help your kid/ kids.
- It challenges how they think
Puzzles are always fun. They challenge us, how we think, and exercise our minds. And be it us adults or kids, ‘challenge’ is something we all like unanimously. It’s not always easy to get and keep kids engaged in activities. On similar lines, math puzzles challenge your kids, get them excited and help them learn an important concept or lesson in the end. Besides that, solving puzzles is also known to help in the brain development of children.
- Puts both sides of the brain to work
Our brain is divided into two hemispheres: left and right, with each hemisphere dealing with different activities. For instance, the left hemisphere is responsible for problem-solving: language, math, science, and logic. The brain’s right hemisphere is responsible for creative thinking, social development, intuition, and visual arts skills. Now, most other activities kids participate in cause kids to use only one hemisphere at a time. On the other hand, math puzzles put both brain spheres to work.
- Make them better at problem-solving
As discussed above, solving math puzzles enable your kids to utilize both sides of their brain. This helps your kids develop a deeper understanding and visual awareness of particular issues and themes. Further, utilizing both sides of the brain makes your kids better at problem-solving since they learn to think while creating creative strategies for different problems they deal with
- Improves their memory and concentration
Math puzzles prove to be great learning material for enhancing a kid’s memory and concentration. Kids have to remember several aspects of the puzzles and concentrate to be able to solve the puzzle. Thus, with regular puzzle-solving, kids are able to boost their memory power and improve their concentration.
- Take away their fear of math
We all fear a new task. Mostly because we don’t know how to do it. But once we start solving the problem, the fear fades away. The same applies to kids and their fear of math problems. Solving math puzzles one after the other takes away their fear of the subject and the related concepts. Solving math puzzles regularly also boosts your kid’s confidence level.
- Help them learn diverse math concepts easily
Learning new math concepts the usual way can get boring and be difficult. Teaching the same concepts via math puzzles can make the learning fun and easier, helping you teach kids diverse math concepts with ease.
- Makes learning fun for them
Solving math concepts or problems disguised as interesting puzzles helps them develop a liking for learning. This liking for learning helps them improve their grade in other subjects and boost their overall academic ability.
- Helps parents bond easily
Most parents face a tough time while trying to bond with their kids. This happens because of a lack of common interests between the parent and the child. Math puzzles can present parents with the much-needed parent-kid bonding time they need.
- Take them off their phones
Kids these days are more on their phones and other digital devices than us adults. And as parents, you know long hours of using digital devices can be harmful to their health. You can take away their phones in a bid to curb their tech time, but it won’t solve the problem – kids need something good to do with the time they are not spending on phones. Math puzzles can be that “something good,” taking them off their phones while helping them get better at maths.
Summing up, math puzzles are a strong way to help in the overall development of your kids. If you find that difficult to trust, test our theory and let us know if it doesn’t work.