J. headed out of town for the weekend to attend a wedding he is a groomsman for. Our friend Saundy, who was our best man, is finally getting married! I decided to stay home with the kids while he made the trek up to Michigan.
While he has been gone, the kids and I have been up to…
Learning and playing “Magic Hill”.
Basically, this is a game about getting to the top of a mountain. You can only go up levels by climbing on top of other players’ pieces or by using secret passageways you find along the way.
The game is interesting beacause the movements are determined by your cards. Each player gets 3 cards to start and 5 “goblins”, little colored playing pieces with 1-5 holes poked in the top. You play numbered cards from your hand to say which “goblin” to move and how far. For example a “1” and a “4” could be played to move your number 1 “goblin” 4 spaces or your number 4 “goblin” 1 space. There are also magic gems you can collect which let you hold up to 2 extra cards and give you more options in what to play. There are also secret action cards face down on the board which you flip over when you land on them. Some are good for you, like secret passageways to the next level up, a crystal ball that lets you turn over 3 of these cards to see what they are, or a raven that steals an opponents magic gem and discards it. Some are bad like traps that take you down a level or a twister that turns all cards back facedown and rotates the board 9o degrees. My memory stinks, so this one is a killer for me!
Anyway, the game was quickly learned by the kids and I think it will be a good challenge to play again.
My daughter also did a bit of dress up and created a crown to wear as princess. Here she is all dolled up.
We played bit of “Spore: Creature Creator” on the PC. It is amazing how fast you can put creatures together and customize them!
My daughter colored a new heating pad to match her room. She tried out the fabric pastels for the first time. They seemed to work pretty easily.
Swim lessons. The kids were their own class again and this week got a male teacher. They both liked him (although neither remembers his name) and he worked on helping them with their front crawl stroke. There are no classes next week and we will likely switch to the outdoor classes during the week for summer.
Both kids played DS games with me. “Pet Catz 2”, “Crayola Coloring”, and “Animal Genius” all got some play time.
The kids played with my son’s remote control Hummer (a gift from X-mas).
My son and I played our own drawn up version of “Zeus on the Loose“, a math game he saw me looking at online. Our version will be underwater themed (what else?) and we used his hammer-head shark as the object to grab instead of a Zeus figure like the original game. It was fun and he learned a bunch of new concepts like reversing digits and rounding to the nearest 10.
My daughter created a new vehicle for her Polly Pockets.
Both kids played around with the orange singles, tens, and hundreds blocks we have. They tried out a few workbook pages, then did some addition problems, then moved on to creating candy bars and gigantic jellies to sell to each other in a pretend store.
Today, we are just chilling and waiting for J. to come back home 🙂