Introducing Puzzles to a new generation

Yet another Texas spring storm keeping us all inside.
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Thunder, lightening–not hail this time at least! Although the storm only lasted an hour or so, it dumped so much water that the kids couldn’t run off their energy outside. Solution: Out came the puzzles!

My twins worked with their daddy on a large piece floor puzzle. They have done them before, but usually with their older brother who likes to tell them what to do. This was the first time they had to try to figure it out by themselves. They did great and were so proud of their accomplishment.

Nick is 7 now, and has outgrown all of his puzzles. So he and I started a 550 piece Wyland puzzle. It’s pretty complicated because it is round, and it has pieces the are shaped like whales and fish within the picture. But Nick was determined. While I searched for the border pieces (I’m a traditionalist!), Nick decided to put together the colorful features in the bottom. When he finally got sent to bed, the puzzle was close to a third complete and he never got frustrated with it. When he got stuck he would just move on to a different area while keeping an eye out for the pieces that he needed.

Puzzles are good for kids. They have all kinds of benefits, as Jocelyn Scotty writes. While we didn’t exactly do one puzzle as a family, we were close enough to talk between the two groups. It was a great chance for me and Nick to work together and talk with no pressures (like homework, dinner to cook, etc). I was impressed by how quickly he got the hang of trying pieces out and figuring out where they come from in the puzzle. In our very electronically connected world, it was great to recapture an unplugged family activity.

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