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Writable Puzzle


R200.00

Writable Puzzle

  • item code: THRIVE-01

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This Writable Puzzle is unique, and the educational activities that one can do with it are endless. Not only is it a puzzle that children can build but it can also be written on with a dry marker and used for games involving shapes, numbers and letters. The puzzle pieces and dry marker come with a drawstring bag so that everything stays together and is great for travelling.

This set includes:

  • 12 writable puzzle pieces of varying sizes
  • 1 x drawstring bag
  • 1 x dry marker
  • 1 x self eraser

This wonderful product (which is proudly made in South Africa) promotes many key developmental and learning skills such as perceptual, fine motor, cognitive and creativity skills.

20 fun and educational play suggestions are included on an activity card with this product. These have been devised by an Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Foundation Phase Teacher and a Physiotherapist to promote play, learning and development.

Suitable for ages 3 years and older.


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This product can assist in developing the following key skills...

This product helps to develop Sensory Skills which are key building blocks in a child’s development and influence every activity that a child does. Opportunities to engage in sensory activities help a child’s brain to process all the information it is receiving from their senses, and respond in an appropriate way. Our senses include: smell (olfactory); taste (gustatory); sound (auditory); touch (tactile); seeing (visual); movement (vestibular) and joint position / deep pressure (proprioception).

Children develop sensory skills as early as in utero and continue to refine these skills well into their childhood years. Exploration and exposure to a variety of different sensations and sensory experiences is very important for a person’s overall development.

This product can help develop Gross Motor Skills by improving co-ordination and muscle strength to assist a child with gross motor tasks such as walking, running, jumping and climbing. The large muscles of our bodies in our arms (biceps and triceps) and legs (hamstrings and quadriceps) are responsible for helping us perform these actions successfully, and therefore these muscles need to be strong. An important factor in developing gross motor skills is good postural control. A strong and stable core (stomach and back muscles) helps one achieve successful movement of the limbs.

Gross motor skills begin developing from a very early age and continue to develop all through childhood, culminating in a person being able to ride a bike without training wheels and swing themselves independently on a swing.

This product can develop a child’s Fine Motor Skills by improving the strength and co-ordination of small muscle groups to achieve a task. The small muscles around the mouth (lips, tongue etc.) are important for speech and eating, and those in a child’s hands help them to perform different grips such as tripod (the correct pencil grip) and pincer (thumb and index finger grip) to achieve tasks. Fine motor skills of the hand develop fully later on in childhood, but start with full, open hand grasping of toys as babies and culminate in a perfect tripod pencil grip when they are writing neatly at school.

Finally, scissor skills are also important fine motor skills that require the co-ordination of fingers on one hand to open and close the scissors while the other hand holds the material being cut. Using both hands together in this way to achieve a task is known as bilateral-coordination.

This product helps children develop their independence by focussing on aspects of Self Care. Getting dressed in the morning and doing up zips, buttons and laces requires good gross and fine motor skills. Brushing teeth and hair as well as toileting skills all require good body and self awareness which is promoted by encouraging self care skills.

Learning to feed oneself using cutlery (spoon, knife and fork) is a large step towards finding independence. In order to assist children to become independent, self confident little people, developing self care skills are very important.

This product can assist in developing a child’s Perceptual Skills which determine how a child’s brain receives, organises and interprets what they are seeing (visual sensory information). Perceptual skills are the ones we use for activities such as completing a puzzle and writing, as well as understanding concepts such as colour, size and number recognition.

More complex concepts such as knowing one’s left from right side of their body (right-left discrimination), being able to recognise complete objects from incomplete ones (visual closure) and remembering visual stimuli over a short and long term period (visual memory), all fall under the category of perceptual skills.

This product can facilitate the development of Cognitive Skills which include how a child’s brain develops, stores, recalls and reacts to their environment. Concentration, attention and listening skills all impact on a child’s cognitive and learning ability, and this product encourages children to develop those key areas.

Problem solving, memory skills and sequencing (the order in which things happen) of tasks are very important cognitive skills to develop as a child grows up.

  • Perceptual Skills - match colours and sizes of the various puzzle pieces. Sort the pieces from smallest to biggest and biggest to smallest.
  • Pre-writing Skills - draw shapes on the puzzle pieces and encourage the child to identify them. Once the child is older, let them draw shapes on the pieces by copying ones drawn by an adult and then trying to draw them on their own.
  • Letter and Number Formation - these puzzle pieces can be used for learning to write numbers and letters in a fun and non-threatening way.
  • Mathematics - addition, subtraction and many other mathematical activities can be played with these puzzle pieces by writing numbers on them.
  • Reading - simple words can be made and read by writing letters on the puzzle pieces and then building words with the letters available.

Most orders take 3-5 days to deliver and are dependent on where we are delivering to. Outlying areas can take longer than city centres. Please allow up to 10 working days for delivery.

For more information about how delivery works please read our delivery options page.

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