The International Book Center in Phnom Penh is a great multiple story book/stationary store. On the third floor they have many puzzles and games as well as shelf after shelf of puzzles and workbooks. The Creative Learning Center (CLC) acquired most of its educational supplies from this store. We have had a 1,000-piece puzzle for almost 4 months, but when brought out previously, no one would touch it once they figured out that it would take a long time to finish. It’s the same with chapter books; “they are too long”.
Vandy asked about the puzzle a few weeks ago and it was opened once more. He dove in after a little instruction about the logic of putting together such a large puzzle; such as start with the outside border.
It was pretty much Vandy and Melinda working on it for the first couple of days, with children glancing our direction occasionally, but once it started taking shape Miss Srey Nak (age 9) became enthralled with it. She and Vandy would diligently work for hours on it.
As the puzzle’s scenery became more evident there was more involvement with the children as well as the child-care staff.
Play cars, dolls and plastic food forgotten, the book/puzzle cabinet was the main attraction!
Sometimes the room was very quiet, everyone involved in the large puzzle or smaller ones.
They love the world puzzle and even after dozens of times putting it together; there is always the remark of “Why Cambodia so small?”
Rortana and Srey Phahna, the two youngest Watopotians will soon bypass some of the older kids with their puzzle making skills.
Sooooo, exactly 10 days from the day the 1,000-piece puzzle was removed from it’s box, Mr. Vandy had the honor of putting in the last piece…well the 2nd to the last piece because one piece (luckily only one piece!) was lost.
I would love to display the completed puzzle in all it’s 999 piece glory…but it didn’t take but a minute for Srey Phahna to waddle over and quickly put an end to any forthcoming photo shoot…but look at that face, I guess we’ll just have to start again, or better yet, find a 2,000 piece puzzle!