Now that I type it I think puzzle is a strange word!
Last week these plain chipboard puzzles I have had stashed away with my Scrapbooking supplies for an age, popped into my mind. I was thinking my Kiddo's are the right age to have a go at these now, heaven knows I never knew what to do with them.
Co incidentally yesterday morning Miss said Mum I'm going to make a puzzle today can you give me some cardboard, I told her I had something better and very helpful and presented her with a blank Chipboard puzzle. She frowned at it, said 'no thank you' and that it wasn't what she was thinking of, too many pieces etc.
I said Ok well Little Mr can have it and popped it onto his table, that is beside hers. I was thinking that if he started to draw on it, she might want to have a try too. Then it dawned on me that I should just do it to show her it was easy and there were no expectations.
She is a lot like me in her way of thinking so I do understand in her mind she probably automatically saw a picture perfect image on a puzzle just like the ones you can buy, then dismissed the exercise as she told herself that she could not reach that standard.
So I came back and started to draw on his puzzle. She was cutting out cardboard and paused. Then looked and made a sound. Hubs had also been trying to encourage her to try the chipboard when she flatly refused and he then interjected ... I think Miss might be changing her mind.
'Oh yes please I'd like it.'
I said well I have another so how about I give you a plain one.
I had drawn a cat on a grassy surface with a flower and the sun. It was still technically Little Mr's puzzle. He has added a monster, some sky, drinking juice and lemonade at our house, and a pond he also requested I add some more flowers I did a bird too ; )
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Miss's followed along the same lines and evolved differently with her addition of a cloud, tree, pond with fish, butterfly, caterpillar, ants, plants, house, invisible girl ... some things I have probably forgotten. She asked me to please draw her cats head she popped on the nose and whiskers and gave me a credit on her puzzle too.
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My daughter is so creative independently I often assume she will just run with something I think is a good idea. Sometimes I forget that its helpful to show them that imperfection is acceptable and trying can be fun. Also to show them what to do or how to do it. Not to just give them something and assume they know how to play with it.
We had a lot of fun creating these and later Daddy helped with doing them several times too.
I'm linking this post back to Childhood 101's we play, the image is linked : )