A new “Highlights” mailer came today with a dot-to-dot puzzle and some “Find the Hidden Pictures” puzzles. My daughter had a great time with them, especially the dot-to-dot and asked for more. I had purchased a few books of dot-to-dots for stocking stuffers, but when I saw how stuffed they were getting, I had left them in our closet.
Today, I pulled one out for her and she went to town 🙂
These books are great because they are fairly small (6″ x 6″?), the numbers often go up past 100, and there are different types of puzzles. Some have you connect all the odd numbers first, then the evens. Some have you do a range of numbers first, then pick up your pencil and do the next range and then the next. Some have you connect the numbers without any dots! They are complex enough that you can’t tell what they are until you actually do them. And a special plus was Amazon selling them “buy 3, get 1 free”.
We played a card game tonight as a family called “Big Fish, Little Fish” which was a Christmas present for my son. It is a fast paced game with tons of cards, so we played as teams. There are not many rules, but there are also not any turns, so it was kinda crazy. The box says 6+ and I think for once it might be true for us. My daughter was a little slap happy about throwing in cards due to the pace of the game and I had to pick up the whole “pond” stack many times due to breaking one of the rules, LOL. It is cute, the cards are colorful fish and pufferfish and the numbers go up to into the 40’s.
The basic rules are:
Big fish (numbers) eat little fish.
Fish can only eat fish of a different color.
No fish can eat a pufferfish.
Pufferfish get played on the same color. (They act as “stoppers” and pause the game) If you play one, you get to pause and then play any card from your hand to start the next play.