A sophisticated educational puzzle which offers learning across all preschool milestones. At its simplest, it can be used for basic shape and colour recognition (including shading) and at its most complex for development of numeracy skills, in particular the understanding of the concept of parts of a whole or fractions.
Some examples of ways to encourage the development of logical thinking and foundation numeracy skills:
- Looking at and naming the shapes of all the pieces.
- Looking at and matching the pieces that are similar colours. Why are these colours both the same but different?
- For older children, the concept of parts of a whole can be discussed. The yellow circle is one whole but what is different about the other pieces? For example, there are 4 pink squares but when put together they make a whole. This is an opportunity to talk about quarters. Later, during the school years, this puzzle can be revisited to help with understanding of decimals, for example, 25% instead of a quarter.