Snookums is known for their reliable and affordable quality toys, baby essentials, and educational puzzles. I was pretty blown away by the response that I received, from my readers, when I posted a picture of Axl building a few of their wooden puzzles. Some went on to share that their puzzles have been passed on between all three of their children and still, the puzzles remain in exceptional quality.
Besides puzzles being lots of fun, it should come as no surprise that they pack learning advantages that will help your children develop long-term skills to see them through their childhood. It’s important, as parents, to nurture these skills so that children have an easier time to adjusting in their school and learning environments.
Children learn to self-correct from playing with puzzles. When they attempt to place a puzzle piece in the wrong space, they learn to turn the puzzle piece, try to fit it and to manipulate each piece into their right place, teaching kids not only to problem solve but also to think critically.
Of course, puzzles are most well known for improving and developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Children learn to use their hands to grasp onto the smaller pegs, moving the wooden pieces into place and while it doesn’t seem like a big gesture, these skills build on the ability to correctly hold a pencil.
Without even realizing it, puzzles can go on to help explore and improve communication skills, as kids learn to describe the pieces that they’re looking for or in our case, we test Axl on what each animal is and the sound that it makes. What appears to be general banter between Axl and the family, really becomes a lesson in biology and English without all the pressure of having to teach him new words.
By the age of two, your toddler should be able to manage puzzles that require him to fit a shape into a cutout that matches the shape. The Snookums wooden puzzles are ideal for this age and assist toddlers in identifying objects, shapes, and colours.
Each puzzle piece has an easy grip handle for little fingers and there are four fun themes to choose from: dog, monkey, bear, and balloon. At R59.95, the puzzles are so affordable that you can just as well get all four. The puzzle with wooden numbers has the added benefit of teaching them about counting to 10. This puzzle retails for R99.95 and is available from leading retail and baby stores.
Snookums supply goods to most of the major retail and baby speciality stores. These include Game, Baby City, Pick ‘n Pay, Baby Boom, Toys R Us, Reggies, Spar, The Hub and most leading pharmacies.
Win with Snookums!
Snookums have been so kind to sponsor a prize, for one of my readers. You could win a Snookums hamper, for your or a friend’s tot, to the value of R500. All you need to do is follow the steps in the Raffle Copter below and remember to answer the simple question!
(competition opens on the 12th of April and closes on the 26th April, winner(s) will be announced on social media and have 48 hours to claim prizes.)