This puzzle helps to develop the fine motor skills of grasping, holding matching and placing and is practice for improving hand-eye coordination. It differs from many puzzles in that it asks that the child learn early spatial awareness – the pieces fit upside down and sideways. It also offers an opportunity for children to learn to identify and name ocean animals.
Some ideas for enhancing and encouraging play and learning:
Shape matching on base.
Ocean animals can be used for open-ended play.
Vibrant colours for colour recognition
Stack the animals to make a tower.
These unusual sea creatures provide an opportunity for storytelling and discussion on the animals in our oceans.