Local Heart, Global Soul

March 4, 2012

Working Piece by Piece Towards seeing the Big Picture…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

On a totally different tack today, this is about a discovery that we made at the Hidden Haven B&B in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Rae has a cupboard with some puzzles and games and the Kiwidutch children soon pulled out this one, enthusiastically announcing that we “should complete it right away“.

Now I’ve only seen these once before and didn’t realise they were a series but the idea that it’s a puzzle that isn’t exactly what it says on the box appeals to me (I have a warped sense of humour LOL).

Since I want to develop Family Games nights as one of my 101 Tasks in 1001 Days list, (No.24. Have 10 Games evenings where the whole family plays, board games, lego, cards etc.)

I siezed on the kids interest, and started sorting out puzzle pieces. Actually, since we have limited time here and plenty of appointments with family and friends we didn’t get any further than what’s shown in the photograph, but we did leave with a resolve to buy one of these when we get back to The Netherlands and to make it part of our Family Time.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m all for any activity that allows us to work as a team and which is more like “good old fashioned fun” no batteries, control boxes, rechargers or power plugs included. This seems to be just the ticket.

In fact I heard Kiwi Daughter asking Himself  “when is Mother’s Day?”  so hmmm …Who knows… ?

One thing that Rae did have that looked like a very useful invention was a large mat with accompanying cardboard tubes that fitted together, and you could roll a partially made puzzle up in it and put it away if you needed the table space or if you wanted to take it with you.

I’ve photographed the box of this gadget so that I’ll remember to look for one back in The Netherlands.

I’m guessing that since these are not “regular” puzzles that I will be the one doing most of the hard graft the first time around, but I’m a detail fanatic and this kind of challenge suits me perfectly.

I think that once I’ve completed one I will take a series of photographs of the whole thing and close-up’s and put them in the box with the puzzle pieces so that if the kids want to make it themselves later, then they have a head start on how to get started.

I might just give them some specific close-up photos as “clues” but not the full picture and leave them to get on with the rest.

This one will have to be a “work in progress” for the meantime, but I will report back sometime in the future with progress both on puzzles and games evenings (see if it catches on in our house).. and the puzzle building process as we work piece by piece to an end result and seeing the bigger picture.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. I happen to be a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast (I have more of them than I can count!) A couple years ago one of my co-workers got us started doing puzzles in the break room during lunch (she thought it would be a good “team-building exercise”) and I’ve almost single-handedly managed to keep us going ever since with new puzzles, though over time other people jumped in and brought us puzzles to do too – I keep thinking we will run out of new ones and then more magically appear! LOL

    Comment by Carrie — March 4, 2012 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  2. LOVE jigsaw puzzles, tho, it has been years since I’ve made one. As a very young child, I discovered a knack for it when visiting my grandmother who always seemed to have one going on her dining room table. I was left to my own accord and to the surprise of both my mom and memere, I was putting in pieces! From that moment on, I would ‘help’ memere with her puzzles whenever we’d visit.

    Sigh….thanks for the nice memory today…. 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — March 5, 2012 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

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