But then again was thinking, maybe it's not anything unusual at all
It doesn't even matter if it's unusual or not, I was just curious, you know?
Homeschooling mama to 6 year old DD.
My daughter (just turned 5) was always surprisingly good at jigsaw puzzles for a 3 or 4 year old. She does other puzzles and plays games on the computer, too, but I don't really look over her shoulder that often so I don't know if she solves them quickly or slowly, much less how quickly other children her age can solve them.
Sorry, I guess I'm not much help.
One of my kids is quite good, the other is not. The one who isn't has motor planning issues, and has a very hard time orienting the pieces. He never got much pleasure from puzzles.
My son is 3 and does 48 piece puzzles, with a little support from me. He wouldn't do them alone, but enjoys it if I am there saying "Hey, here's the green dinosaur's head!"
It's cool, though, because my 9 yo dd really never couldn't master puzzles when she was small. We would both just get frustrated, lol. She watches her 3 yo brother do these puzzles and is just amazed and impressed! That is kind of cool and sweet in its own right
But, my dd is incredibly gifted in other areas. It really is amazing to see them reveal their individual interests and strengths
My mom lives with us and she does the big 1000 piece puzzles. Dd, who just turned 8 last month, has been helping her for years. A large part of that is she enjoys puzzles but also she has a long attention span and patience. She was doing 100 piece puzzles by herself at 4 because she enjoyed them. I don't attach labels to her, so I have no idea if she is "gifted", but she's the top of her class in an academically rigorous school that you have to test into, so I suppose it could be that. However, IMHO, I think it's more about enjoyment and patience than anything else.
Karen - spouse to dh for 11 years, mama to ds (Nov '02), dd (May '05) and ds and dd (Jun '08)
eta: she hasn't been tested, but i suspect that she's gifted.
I love puzzles though and she's always had them and always sees me doing them.
Then something just clicked and he has been OBSESSED with puzzles.
He comfortably does the 60+ piece ones on his own and likes it if I sit and help him out with the 100 piece ones.
I don't consider him to be "gifted", I just see puzzles really fitting in with his learning style. For him, it's like fixing something and that really makes him feel good
DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!
She does great in other areas, though. And she has a super long attention span and always has. I think puzzles just don't speak to her. She has never needed a "busy" outlet, and think she resists the organized thought and puttering puzzles require, lol. She'd much rather sit quietly on the couch and let her mind wander, lol.
"If you keep doing the same things you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten."