I've written a post about portable puzzles before, but as the weather turns cold and we spend more time indoors as a family, I thought I'd share what we have been doing. Today we are starting our tradition of puzzle- making. Every year during Thanksgiving break, we get a new puzzle and try to finish it by the New Year. We are able to keep it portable and move it to whatever room we want to by keeping it on a bulletin board. The cork on the board makes it harder for pieces to slip onto the floor. It usually stays in the dining room, house central, where we can sit for a few and leisurely work on it. I find it is a great time to chill and chat with one of my girls. It never fails, if I sit and start working on it, one of them will join me. I love the memories we have made and conversations we have had while making puzzles, with candles lit and Christmas music playing!
Another way I encourage busy minds and hands is with a basket of card games sitting on a shelf. My girls are getting old enough to play each other. It is a great thing to encourage when I hear "Mom, I'm bored!"
I brought another shelf into the Living Room to put some board games on and also house some good family reading material. We have a ton of great games, but I find if I don't have them upstairs on display, they just won't get played very often, unless it is a holiday. I will switch the games out periodically as they play them so they don't get bored with the choices. Boggle, anyone?
Back to the puzzles, we always take a picture of the finished product, which makes the tearing down process much easier on little ones.
This puzzle is from last year. I have vivid, precious memories of sitting there with my family and close friends, after surgery, working on that puzzle. It was nice to have something to do while healing that was interactive and in a central location so I could be with my family.
~Does your family do puzzles?
~What games are your favorites?