With steely-eyed determination and a never give up attitude, Miss Three tackles everything head on.
Don’t dare insult her with baby names, or call her little – she’s big and she’s strong and she can do it, okay?!
She watches her big sister learn to read, build with the big kids’ Lego, and put together her Frozen puzzle with the tiny pieces in record time.
She watches her sister with a fire in her belly. Whatever her big sister can do, she is determined to nail too.
Except she can’t always … because she is three and her sister is five and there’s a whole two years and three months’ worth of learning and development in there separating them. Try telling Miss Three that though and risk being stared down and growled at.
The two of us are lucky at the moment to have two days a week together for some delicious one-on-one time.
Sometimes we dine out for a highly confidential milkshake meeting, other times we run errands, or just veg out at home playing Barbies, stickers or practising her letters.
I’ve been using this time to encourage her to develop her own interests away from her sister and help her to recognise that there are plenty of things that she is awesome at too.
Puzzles have always been a favourite in our household, but we’ve found a gap between the wooden peg puzzles that she’s way too old for now and the more complicated puzzles her sister is loving. Everything in between that we previously owned seems to either have pieces missing or has been loved to the point of disrepair and thrown out.
Thanks to Go Go Pepe Toys, we were recently introduced to a floor puzzle perfect for her.
Packaged ‘handbag’ style in a cardboard box with soft cotton rope, Miss Three was thrilled to discover this puzzle was all hers and hers alone.
Anything mermaid related is a winner with this kid and the mermaid friends puzzle didn’t disappoint.
The artwork is bright and beautiful with plenty of treasures to discover from seahorses to starfish and a treasure chest laden with pearls.
It comes with 24 largish pieces that fit nicely in little hands. The thing I love about this puzzle is how sturdy the pieces are. It’s easy for kids in this age group to damage puzzle pieces as they attempt to jam them into the right spot. There’s no fear of that with this puzzle. You can tell it’s well made and designed to last the test of time. I also love that it’s made with recycled paper and printed with vegetable inks.
Aimed at ages 3+, Miss Three found the mermaid friends puzzle the perfect transition from her beginner ‘baby’ puzzles. Not too easy nor too hard, it was just the right level allowing her to challenge herself and in the words of her idol, Dora, ‘She did it. She did it. She did it. Yeah!’
When her sister came home from school she let her have a go too and she had just as much fun. This is something the girls, and Miss Three in particular, can enjoy for years to come.
I’m giving away 1 x Mermaid friends Petit Collage floor puzzle and 1 x Petit Collage pop out and play castle to one lucky reader.
All you have to do is head over to Go Go Pepe and tell me which gift you would choose for your little one and why.
Terms and conditions
– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).
– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday 20 June.
– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 21 June.
– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.
Mummy, Wife, Me received a Petit Collage Mermaid friends floor puzzle in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
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