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When I was a kid, my brother and I would play a plethora of different made up games together. Imaginative play is always a great exercise for a child’s mind, but being able to work in STEM exercises will increase the benefits of play time. I didn’t realize it at the time, but one of our favorite games to play did just that! I’m pretty sure Alicia actually helped us create this game, so thanks Alicia.
Now, before I tell you what this game is called, please keep in mind we were small children when we named it; however it fits so well we’ve never renamed it. It’s c(lovingly) referred to as “Grab Grab Grab, Make Make Make”. It is played much like you’re probably thinking it is. Essentially, your pour a giant pile of buildable toys between yourself and the other players (our favorite to use was Lincoln Logs). When everyone is sat down around the toys and ready, one player will scream “GO” and all the players will try to take as much building material as they can. Once the pieces are all taken, everyone will start working on building the most impressive scene they can- the most impressive and structurally sound wins! After a winner is determined, you can either play with the scene that was created or knock it all down and play GGG,MMM again.
This game kept us occupied for hours and exercised our brains at the same time. We were able to practice quick thinking and puzzle solving. We never knew what pieces we would get, or how many, until they were in front of us and we had to build- fast! The best part is how SIMPLE it is. You probably already have everything you need to play already. If not, I will have some packs linked for you to check out. We used Lincoln Logs, but you can also use Legos, Kinects, etc. We would also throw in some other toys like dolls and Hot Wheels, just to spice things up. Try out this easy, fun game with your kids and let us know how your family enjoys it!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!