Sometimes I feel like I live in a spelling bee.
Spelling Bee. s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g b-e-e
My kids love to spell words. LOVE to spell words, to the point where most of our conversation sounds like this:
Me: What do you want for lunch tomorrow?
Child: How do spell tomorrow?
Me: t-o-m-o-r-r-o-w. What do you want me to make, tuna sandwiches?
Child: How do spell sandwiches?
You get the idea. I've stopped asking what they want in their lunchboxes and have been using the default, cream cheese sandwiches, which, while boring, will sound fantastic next time this week.
So to capitalize on their current and hopefully long lasting fascination with letters and words, here is a quick and fun game that the kids can actually play by themselves - always a good thing.
The kids are going to be doing a word unscramble, for a lack of a better name. I generated a list of Pesach-related words for the kids, five in all (words, not kids) and wrote them on an index card.
This is the list:
The last time I was in (insert your local craft store here), I picked up a big bucket of foam letters in a bunch of colors, using a 40% coupon - a must cause those foam buckets are expensive! These foamies don't have a backing which is good because this means they are not sticky, which is what we are looking for.
Then I went fishing. I (finally) fished out the foamie letters to make the words (it takes longer to stick your hand in and pull our random letters than it does to dump out the whole bucket, but once you dump it out, even in a controlled setting, you will be finding letters all over the house for weeks), and threw them into a brown paper bag for each kid that will have to be colored, because how could it not be, right?
I threw in a few extra letters that they don't need, just for fun and to make the game last longer, and there ya go. An individual game for each kid that can be played quietly and alone and all by themselves, over and over and hopefully over.
Good not just for the seder, but for a rainy afternoon. Which, if you live in the NY area, will probably be your fate next week. Good luck with that. We're gonna need some too.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)