You aren't in the mood to make pieces by hand to replace the missing ones, or trying to play with an incomplete set. You suggest a puzzle instead. Soon after your suggestion, your child comes to you complaining that he can't find the tail piece to the dinosaur puzzle. MISSING PUZZLE PIECES...GRRRR! You forgot that piece was sucked up into the vacuum last week, ruined, you threw it out.
We all eventually play the "missing piece game." Sometimes we ride it out and make the best of it by making up new rules, or modifying the game pieces. Sometimes the whole thing just gets thrown out. If you have experienced any of the above, why not give the leftovers that decided to stick around a new purpose?
Set aside a box or basket to keep your leftover pieces in. Use magnetic tape to apply to the backs of the pieces (not required, but it comes in handy for sticking to storytelling surfaces, like cookie sheets and refrigerators).
Find a comfortable spot, and start spinning tales.
Don't forget to teach the importance of starting from left to right!
I believe this particular plot included an elephant who tried opening the peacock's feathers by using a wrench, but he gave up and had to go fix the pig's wheel!
Many laughs were produced during this storytelling session. You may want to have a pen and paper nearby when you try it yourself. The funniest stories will be told, and you'll want to write them down so you can remember them for later!
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