The lad, who has just turned five, has taken to asking for story challenges. We had a ball over dinner last night thinking of three things for a story to feature, and then listening to the result.
My challenge to him: a skeleton, a cave, and a clock. Favourite quote from the resulting story:
“So the skeleton was at the tippy-bottom of his deep, dark cave. And he was wandering around evilly, doing evil things.”
I wish I’d recorded the rest of it. All I can remember is there was a skeleton brother with an aquarium shop (vividly and lovingly described), a giant tentacled snapfish with extra mouths on its tentacle-tips and tail (also vividly and lovingly described). There was a crucial and demanding fish-feeding schedule of five times a day, at specified times, which was an issue, because the skeleton was nocturnal and the feeding was mostly by day. I think that’s where the clock came into it.
I’ve been reading brooklynite and oddprofessor’s conversation about algebra games with their daughters. This seems to be our verbal & creative equivalent, I guess, which plays more to the lad’s strengths. (Take that, gender essentialists.) Plus, piles of fun!
What games do you play with your kid? Especially over dinner, and/or prop-free.