Recently, my niece gave birth to her third little boy. When there’s a new baby in the family everyone has to be flexible. So when she called telling me she had to unexpectedly see her doctor, I said yes to watching her older two boys. Upon finishing lunch, Miss Enigma took Grandson #4 into her bedroom to play, teach him some new dance moves and in general boss him around. Don’t worry, he loves every minute of it.
That left myself, Grandson #3 and MacGyver free for an afternoon of homeschool games.
First pick was MacGyver’s. He just loves the vocabulary, thinking-outside-the-box game In a Pickle!
Next, Grandson #3 begged to play The Scrambled States of America. When Grandson #3 celebrated his 10th Birthday, we gave him the game The Scrambled States of America. He actually jumped up and down, with his hands raised in the air yelling, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Wow, did you know learning could be this much fun?
Then it was my turn to introduce the Make Ten Math Game. A real brainteaser but much fun!
Last, we tried our luck and applied our mental strategies to Jenga. Now, usually we play Jenga with Miss Engima, age 5, and to tell the truth we’ve never gotten very far. But this afternoon we actually surprised ourselves! We just kept going and going and going.
Some plays were real nail-biters!
If all else fails, stick out your tongue and hold your breath!
Every time it was my turn they taunted, “It’s going to fall. It’s going to fall. It’s going to fall.” O ye, of so little faith. Ha! I made it again. Another little pointer; it also helps to make funny faces.
Slowly! Slowly! Wait! Slowly . . .
Let me try here. NO. Let me try there. NO. Yes, I found one.
I tried here. I tried there. I bit my nails, stuck out my tongue and held my breath. Alas, it fell! None the less, we managed to build it 28 stories high. Not too bad.
Jenga! Jenga! Jenga!
Happy Game Day! Happy Learning!
Life with Jeannine
Do you play games with your children during homeschool or after school?
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