Puzzles are a great way to have fun and they teach many skills through play.

So parents, it’s time to DECIDE, DESIGN AND DO!  

Having a puzzle tray in your home, perhaps with a picture your child has chosen from a magazine and backed onto cardboard, is a great way to start.  Your child will be interested in the puzzle. Why? Because they choose the picture! And…  if  the puzzle isn’t completed, we can complete it tomorrow.


VNB: Completion of task is very important skill, which we want to encourage, hence we build puzzles on a tray, so I don’t have to pack up an unfinished puzzle because it is bed time, supper time, etc.

A few of the basic skills building puzzles encourage and improve include:

  • Problem solving
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Self esteem
  • Social skills
  • Patience
  • Concentration
  • Goal setting
  • Shape recognition

What I know is that we can learn through play together and even though this is a puzzling time,  puzzles are a great way to do that.

Warm wishes,


SHAWCO Education

Perivoli School Trust



Thank you so much for the workshop last week; it was really inspirational, encouraging, and motivating! It's also so wonderful to know someone who has already done so much in the type of education that I'm interested in and to have a role model! 

I'll be starting at Little STAR today at Mannenberg and I'll be sure to email you or WhatsApp you with any questions or queries. Thank you so much for your kindness and for sharing your passion for education!

Yours truly, Brontte Hwang UCT Eductation SHAWCO Student 



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