sleepy time tip: puzzle time

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Try Puzzle Time:

When the household is unsettled, groceries are needing put away speedily, dinner made--when you need a distraction for your children rather than turning on the television, here's a trick that works.

  • Announce it is "puzzle time".
  • Have all of their puzzles at hand and stack them in piles, one pile per child.
  • Say "Go!" and step back for some fast puzzle putting-to-together.
  • When they have finished doing each of the puzzles in their pile, they trade with a sibling.
  • It always starts as a game to the finish but ends up occupying them while they talk, laugh, make up their own games, and begin playing with the individual pieces.

the sleep time gal