Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Great Grandma Edna's Puzzles

Great Grandma Edna's puzzles are very popular over here, most especially with Seth who coincidentally isn't especially fond of anything to do with crayons, markers, or paints.

Nate loves crayons, markers and paints and thinks Great Grandma Edna's Puzzles are good fun, but they aren't his favorite.

As such, I have a great stash of Nate art and not so much Seth art, but on the rare occasion when Seth decides he wants to "do art now" he gets pretty serious and he got pretty serious the last time we got out the fingerpaint to attempt some St. Patrick's day art. As you know, our attempts at shamrocks were short-lived and everyone pretty much went to town – some were keepers, some were not – but at the time I couldn't help but notice that Seth pretty much painted the same picture twice.

Specifically, this picture.

And I mostly couldn't help but not notice it because Seth started telling me about his painting the second time around. His paintings might not look like much, but they have a pretty big story behind them. The captions are his own, except I should have said "mans" instead of "men". 

My captions move around more than Seth's paintings did. You can pretty much stack his work over the picture on the box. He really, really loves these puzzles (they come two in a box), but this one is his favorite.

Thank you Great Grandma Edna on the good find. We have other puzzles and they are occasionally asked for, but nothing close to the level of this one. Seth can slap both of them together in under 5 minutes when he wants to at this point, but mostly he likes to take his time and ask questions and think about the stories. It's really been something to behold and participate in and it's brought up some interesting questions along the way as well.*

- L.

PS. Nate and Seth really do call these "Great Grandma Edna's puzzles".

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*Dear Ravenburger Puzzles: You make a great product within a reasonable price point and it inspired my 3 year old son who does not like art to paint a story he saw in your puzzles – twice in a single sitting. That said, my son doesn't understand why all but one of the women who appear to be doing anything in either of the puzzles other than looking sad/scared/alarmed or giggling is the paramedic (and thank goodness for her).

Fortunately, my sons have a legacy of strong women behind them – including Great Grandma Edna – and I like your product enough that the Easter Bunny is bringing a farm puzzle to by you to our home. But really, Ravensburger... get with it a little. You can still make a great product at a reasonable price point with women who can do something other than be scared or giggling.

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