|It's Game Day today, in my son's classroom!|
Photo taken early this morning, on the way to school.
Today is Game Day at my son's school. That means everyone gets to bring in something fun for the class to play with during their break time (recess is what we called it when I went to school). Why so early in the year? Because it's HOT outside and the kids voted for inside recess. I've been out there in the heat of the day, and I can't same I blame 'em. Smart of the teacher to even think of the 'inside game' idea. My son broke the news to me early this morning that he needed a game (insert parents laughing here because this kind of thing always happens). Fortunately he has a new game in the house, that he just loves...the FIND IT Mythical Creatures Game, and that's what he decided to take.
Everyone who sees this game (we have another version) asks what it is, and then wants to try and find some items on their own. It doesn't matter who they are, or how old they are, this game is an instant hands-on conversation piece! I think it would be fun to have one on your desk at work too (in addition to the kids having one at home).
There are various ways to play, or you can make up your own. We do all of the above. ;) The set comes with a small deck of player cards, a list of items and a cannister (with the items listed on the non-removeable lid).
You can see in the photo above that when you shake up the cannister a bit, or roll it around, the pieces inside start to become revealed. The object of the game is to basically find the items listed, but how you do so will be up to you.
The game is also a great conversation starter and a fun way to introduce or elaborate upon teaching with your kids. For example...have them locate the shpinx (the character with the head of a human and the body of the lion), and then go into a history of the culture it came from, or offer up some fun facts on it and other mythological items.
There are some items everyone will know (like the mermaid) that you can still find and then share fun facts about that they might not have known Then there will be items to find that may be completely new to the players. That's where an extra dose of teaching/learning can come into play. Either way, it's a fun way to incorporate teaching at home, or in the classroom.
They have quite a few versions of this game (Eww, Gross, Pirates, Original and more). Take a look around the website and see what you think. Everyone really seems so drawn to these games. They're like slinky's were back in the day: impossible to resist. :)
Hint: Keep these in mind for the upcoming holidays too because they'd make excellent gift ideas.
You can learn more about the Find It Games by visiting their website.
One lucky winner gets a Find It Mythical Creatures game to call their own. US entrants only.