Many parents introduce their children to puzzles at an early age. New research from the University of Chicago is showing that these youths may grow up to possess better spatial skills.
These findings are significant, as the researchers said that developing good spatial skills as a child may predict success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, subjects. An increased focus on children’s comprehension of these topics is a priority, not just for the nation’s educators, but for President Barack Obama as well.
In the study, researchers analyzed the impact that puzzle play had on 53 child-parent pairs. These subjects’ interactions were video-recorded for 90 minutes every four months between the period of time when kids were 2 and 4 years of age.
"The children who played with puzzles performed better than those who did not, on tasks that assessed their ability to rotate and translate shapes," said Susan Levine, a professor of psychology at the University.
If parents are curious to see what effect puzzles have had on their child's cognitive development, then they may want to have him or her take an IQ test for kids.