Happy New Year! It is always so exciting to begin a new year — full of hope and anticipation. Our whole family was ill with pink eye and the flu over the two weeks break, but we are all better now and really looking forward to resuming our activities.
What do you usually do with your holiday cards? They are too pretty to toss away, so I thought perhaps we could turn them into puzzles for Z to work on — it’s an easy and zero-cost way to bring in fresh and beautiful new puzzles.
I’ve always thought puzzles are quite straight-forward, but the concept still eludes Z. So for starters, I cut the holiday cards into quarters. The skating scenery has a lot of details and was more difficult, so I left it at quarters for him to practise.
Why is it so difficult for him? One of the reasons he gets frustrated is due to his fine motor control — it is difficult for him, at this age, to move the cards close together without them sliding all over the place. The second reason is that he cannot yet see the clues to help him connect the pieces.
In the past, I have created a control picture for him which helps. But this time, I really want to focus on talking through the clues together with him. My goal for this activity is not entirely independent work — my goal is to help him face challenges and frustrations, and know that we can accomplish anything together.
The reindeer card puzzle was a lot easier for Z.
So I made additional cuts in the top quarters. This was enough to bring the puzzle to a whole new level of challenge for Z.
We clearly need practice on puzzles. It frustrates him, but he doesn’t mind it too much when I work with him. We don’t work on puzzles for too long, but when we do, I can almost hear the gears in his brain cranking away. It is joy enough to know that there are mountains to be conquered together with my children. It is this challenge that renews my spirit and strength to face the new year.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you dear readers, for always taking the time to read about our activities and ideas. I hope for nothing more than to inspire and connect with you. I wish you an amazing year ahead!