We usually do no puzzles at home, so I do not know what came over me when I bought puzzles for my children for christmas. Well, it must have been the picture with 3D effect of the galloping horses that I tought would make a nice picture in my daughters bedroom. And when the daughter gets a puzzle the son needs to get one, too. Furthermore he does love his lego and I tought that puzzling would be similar, so I chose a taxi puzzle also with a 3D effect.
Well, unpacking these presents the children were not raving with happiness but at least they sat down at the dinner table to start puzzling. When we wanted to eat several hours later they were far from being finished. How on earth should we have dinner with all these pieces on the table?
Then I remembered my cutting mats that I did not need during the holidays. They would make a gorgous puzzel mat! The pieces do not slide on them, and the mats are stable enough to move them elsewhere without disrupting the puzzle on it.
Three days the four of us worked on the two puzzles. Sometimes deeply depressed because we did not find any suitable piecs so that we believed that some of the pieces went missing. I would not have thought that the 3D effect would make puzzling so difficulat. The colour on the pieces seemed to be so different from the little picture and from what they appeared when placed. And there were so many similar pieces – the sky and the water in the horse picture, the greys of the taxis background. And the motorblock was quite difficult, too …
At other times we were happy when we did find severel pieces in a row and could finish little parts of the picture. Finally that happiness and the pride when we finished each puzzle. How we danced through the living room!