Between shopping for produce at the local markets, planning the meals, cooking the meals, eating the meals, writing about the meals or dishes and eventually pooping the meals, Marketman and family do manage to do other things in between while at the coastâ€¦ a stroll on a beach, a swim, a brisk walk or game of tennis to burn up calories, read a book or chat with friends. But as the hours grow longer and the heat bears down, we sometimes retreat to an airconditioned living room and pull out a jigsaw puzzleâ€¦ I will be honestâ€¦I donâ€™t have the patience to put together a 500-1,000 piece puzzle. I can do it, I just donâ€™t enjoy it that much anymore. So my daughter is thrilled when we have guests that are not only obsessive compulsive but also have the patience of oxen. Over the Holy Week holiday, my daughter and our guests made two huge and rather difficult puzzlesâ€¦of what else but FOOD. The first puzzle is of several trout in a brook. What made this extra challenging was the unusual straight or rectangular pieces that hooked together in several different directionsâ€¦ they did that 500+ piece puzzle on good Friday and it took two of them just 6-7 hours to complete!
The second puzzle was of a still life of fruit that had a wide variety of patterns and colors and they did that one on Black Saturday in less than 6 hours. Doing puzzles with young children is a great activity. It encourages them to look at different combinations or ways of fitting pieces together. It encourages them to sort pieces by color or pattern at the start of the activity so that finding their proper spot on the puzzle is easier and more logical. Of course they also find the straight edged pieces so they can build the perimeter of the puzzle and work their way inâ€¦ All of this with the purpose of seeing just how long they can keep their attention focused on the task at hand. My daughter seems to have an incredible ability to stay focused for up to several hours. I have to say, I am most impressed by this stick-to-it-ness. And she is so thrilled when she has completed the entire puzzle. In fact, she has taken to hiding the last piece so that she is certain she is the one who â€œcompletesâ€ the puzzle. In the day and age of televisions, computers, electronic games, cell phones, etc., it is really rather nice to step back and do something as basic and satisfying as a jigsaw puzzle!