Crunch! Squirt! Squish! (A noisy food game)

From the pages of Mudluscious (page 86, to be exact) comes this noisy food game.

It looks like a great fun activity, yes?

However I haven’t tried it yet, and I am therefore still anticipating how things might go.

I am also picturing all the bottles of pop I know and can’t figure out how I would “bite” into one to get a squirt.

Suggestions?

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Children love to make noises with food. In this game, they will have to think what makes noise. There aren’t “right” or “wrong” answers — just lots of possibilities.

Children are seated in a circle. The leader takes a bite of an imaginary food and says, “Crunch,” then passes the “food” to the child on her right. This child repeats the action and the sound. The last child in the circle names a crunch food. Potato chips? Celery? A frozen icicle? (You may need to prompt shy children at first.)

Next, the leader bites into a “squirt” and passes it on. Is it a grapefruit? A dill pickle? A bottle of pop?

Finally, try a “squish.” What sounds “squish”? A ripe banana? Mashed potatoes? Mud pie?

Make up your own sounds and let the children try their own!

EFL Clipart Cook

A Galapagos tortoise walks into a room and says….

…says not a whole lot for at least 4 minutes.

This is a fascinating video! Here, read more about G. Tortoise and the Camera Guy, and start discussing.

And I mention all of this in case you’re planning to read The Tortoise and the Hare any time soon: you’re going to have to allow pleeeeeeeeeeennty of time  for that okay-let’s-race dialog, right?

I’ll go get snackage and a stack of jokes to help pass the time.

[Arlo Midgett via The Kid Should See This]

That toddler cupcake matching game

Yes, there is that whole discussion about how you shouldn’t introduce sugar to your young child.

Best to wait until she is 36 or so and can handle it.

Okay, I made up that last part.

But some might sensibly argue that if your Little One is still working on learning her colors, exploring this through the happy use of cupcakes might not be the wisest decision.

But…cupcakes…!

Naptime Crafter Cupcake Matching Game

No-tech outdoor-game game time!

Mental fun: Name at least 30 analog games to play.

Big tip: List tag and then break that down to freeze tag. Then break *that* down to TV tag. Yay, you have 3 games right there. You only need 27 more.

Go!

Next, compare your list with this one, 30 classic games for simple outdoor play.

Put a mark next to each game you’ve played in the last 4 weeks.

Physical fun: Choose a game or three from your list, round up your neighborhood families, and take over that nice grassy area at the park.

Repeat frequently.

Go!

P.S. Hide and Seek? Or Hide and Go Seek? Which do you say?

Geek Dad 30 Classic Games for Simple Outdoor Play

[Geek Dad]

All the reasons I love you

Make a jar like this while the children are out or asleep.

Cough noisily but politely until everyone has noticed the jar.

While everyone is buy working on completing strips for your jar, make similar jars for the other members of your family!

BHG Mothers Day Jar

[Better Homes and Garden]

Bird Words

My grandma taught me that the whippoorwill bird says, “Whip Poor Will! Whip Poor Will!”, although I have to stretch my ears to hear it that way.

Red cardinals? I haven’t heard them in a few decades, although I think I could pick them out of the crowd. What do they say? Cardinals say, “What cheer cheer cheer! Chip, chip, birdy, birdy!”

But these birds?

Carolina Wren: Teakettle teakettle teakettle!

Barred Owl: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?

Common nighthawk: Beans, beans, beans!

Clearly these birds are talking my language. Who knew?

For more of these, you have to scoot over to page 49 of Sharon Lovejoy’s Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: A Grandma’s Bag of Tricks!

Drink your tea-ee-ee-ee!

Okay, you’re smart, who says that?

Sharon Lovejoy TC and SS

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