National Puzzle Day recognises the value of puzzles and how they can benefit our mental development.
Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, word search, Sudoku puzzle or brain teaser, puzzles are a great way to put our minds to work. Regularly spending time working on puzzles can improve:
- cognitive function
- problem-solving skills
- logic and reasoning
- critical thinking
- vocabulary and numeracy
Word searches and crossword puzzles have the obvious benefit of increasing vocabulary skills and improving spelling, whilst Sudoku and similar maths puzzles can test memory and logical thinking, stimulating the brain and helping to improve number skills.
In addition, puzzles also have the added benefit of being a great social tool. Solving problems with others provides a healthy and productive way to interact with people. Whether it’s with a partner or larger group, these interactions can keep people socially active, whilst providing them with the necessary social skills to thrive.