Puzzle Time

ToddlerT loves puzzles. She might still be young enough to need lots of help and encouragement, but it is still an activity she enjoys immensely. No surprise then that my Mom got her a few puzzles as a gift.

Among these were some amazing 3D puzzles that are constructed entirely out of punch-out, pre-cut pieces. No glue, no scissors needed. No mess at all! (I loved this part) All we had to do was remove the cut outs and place the pieces on matching numbers. That is it! 

The puzzles come with four boards – one for the base with numbered positions to place the pieces from the other three punch-out sheets. Suitable for kids 3years and up, I loved the time T and I spent assembling and fixing. Plus, T got to use her motor skills and number recognition and object matching techniques as well; so, it was educational. I was impressed that she managed to stay immersed for the entire ninety minutes to assemble the puzzle. (And hugely pleased too!)

The puzzle does take time. Kids will need to be helped and parents (with unwieldy, large fingers like mine) will need patience even when fixing the puzzle themselves. So many little pieces to put together after all!

But the efforts were well worth it, especially since we hardly had any cleaning up and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly! 



Books Wishlist

For this week, am sharing my wish list of books to read. As ever, stored in a Note on my phone, it’s a handy, ever growing list of books that I read about of heard or got recommended and would eventually like to read. So here goes my list of books to read:
1. The Well Spoken Woman- Jahnke

2. Stand Out- Dorie Clark

3. Reinventing You- Dorie Clark

4. The Life Changing Habit of Tidying Up- Marie Kondo

5. I Know How She Does It – Laura Vanderkam

6. 168 Hours- Laura Vanderkam

7. The Barefoot Executive- Carrie Wilkerson

8. The Art of Social Media- Guy Kawasaki

9. Pivot- Adam Markel

10. Accidentally in Love- Nikita Singh


I am always looking for inspiration for crafts and activities to keep T engaged. And as she transforms from a talkative toddler into a lively, quick and extremely shrewd preschooler, I find myself constantly looking for newer ways to keep her engaged and entertained. 

Visiting my mom’s house with its huge library, I scoured for books that could help me. (My mom stocks many books on parenting and engaging kids of all ages even though her youngest class is high school) It was in this search (extended due to many a book reading stops 😜) that I chanced upon an extremely useful  book called ‘The Playskool Toddler’s Busy Play Book’. 

Boasting of more than 500 creative games and activities to keep toddlers busy and happy, I perused it hoping for at least a few that would suit T as she is still on the cusp of becoming a preschooler. I am glad because plenty of activities are not limited to toddler or can be extrapolated to suit older kids as well. While not all activities would be interesting and doing all impractical, I find myself armed with plenty of useful ideas and tips to entertain T and make it teachable moments. 

I always like to combine learning with fun- and now I have been armed with a fresh set of ideas to get ourselves through summer. Hurrah!