We've never really had a table to serve as an official puzzle-building table. So, we haven't built any in quite some time. Just this week we finally got a table for our family room and we immediately pulled out one of the puzzles our family was given for Christmas last year. I cannot even remember the last time this has happened:
This activity was completely unplanned and I was thrilled beyond explanation to see my kiddos cooperating on something! Later, daddy and I joined in on the puzzle building. If this was the only reason we bought a new table . . . well, it's the best reason!
This fun activity reminded me that there is power in the simple things! As I look back on all the activities that I blogged about (and some that I did not) there is one thing I've noticed throughout--a pattern of simplicity. It was an implicit goal of mine that I didn't realize would manifest itself. Sure, fancy outings and crazy fun family vacations have their place, but don't wait for those times to experience wonderful wholesome activities that can happen everyday.
When planning and preparing for wholesome recrational activities to engage in, remember that it doesn't have to be complicated or involved. These moments created around the puzzle reminded me that as parents we can encourage spontaneous wholesome activities for our families by creating an environment at home that allows for it to happen at any time! The simplest family activities can and will create the greatest memories that foster greater relationships between family members and with our Heavenly Father.
WRA, REL200, Post 10