The other day, my husband and Lily were doing a 100-piece puzzle together when they realized they were missing a piece. Lily was upset they couldn’t finish the puzzle.
Dr. Toy Warden: Hey, we should check the Lost and Found for that.
And though we’d never called our Lost and Found by its proper name before, I knew exactly what he meant. I hadn’t thought of it before, but we have a Lost and Found at our house. Lily has dozens of 100 piece puzzles due to her obsession with puzzles and probably future career as an engineer and life as character-inspiration for “Big Bang Theory”. What do dozens of 100 piece puzzles result in? Dozens of orphaned puzzle pieces. We try our best to get the puzzles put away properly, but our chief puzzle maid happens to be 4 years old and our puzzle cleaning support team is 2 years old. Not every piece always ends up in the right box, especially when the girls get more than one puzzle out at once. Some of the pieces obviously belong to certain puzzles. Others aren’t so obvious.
Whenever I find a lone puzzle piece and I’m not sure where it goes, I put it on top of the shelves in the playroom. There are at least 10 orphaned puzzle pieces up there.
This is our Lost and Found. If you do a puzzle and it has a missing piece, there’s a 50/50 chance it’s in the Lost and Found. As far as 100-piece puzzles done by 4 year olds go, those are pretty good odds!