What if I left my sweater at School?
Then you could get it tomorrow.
There’s no school tomorrow.
Yes, there is.
No there’s not! My teacher told me there is no school tomorrow. Finally, I get to have the day off so I can have a break.
Uh, dude? You’re five. Your entire life is a break. There’s no to do list aside from make as many disasters as you can and try not to swallow the gum that you’re chewing right now – that’s it.
I’ve become accustomed to school mornings, and on most days, I’ve been productive with the mellower child of the two at-home. So that first Wednesday of the month when there’s no school means that I need to plan ahead, to entertain a high energy five year old with activities that aren’t Netflix on the iPad.
And board games are my go to. They keep her entertained, and engaged throughout the entire time. Usually, it’s me playing with her – but on the day when she’s at-home with her sister, it’s nice for them to be able to play something together. After a quick round of showing Olivia how to set up S’getti Scatter, she was able to set it up herself as they competed against one another, took turns throwing meatballs, and finally settling down to play the game and having a hearty competition with one another.
How does the game work? First, you place the S’getti noodles inside of the bowl, unlock the back of the game and then set the meatballs inside. As you take turns removing one piece of S’getti at a time, the meatballs sink to the bottom of the bowl, making it uneven. The first one to topple the meatballs on to the table or the floor loses the game, so you want to keep those meatballs inside of the bowl.
Games that the kids can set up themselves and that are appropriate for a first introduction to games (for Violet) that encourage taking turns and patience, and that keep them occupied are a win in my book.