Saturday, December 11, 2010

Countdown to Christmas - Day 11 (Game Day)

Game Day - Uno Stacker
Originally uploaded by Pictures by Ann
Today was the perfect day to have Game Day! With a huge winter storm outside that dumped over 1 1/2 feet of snow and the wind howling, the girls and I played three games, had a fire in wood stove, and enjoyed some popcorn.

For Game Day, we each picked one game to play. Uno Stacker was my choice since we never played it and it was a game we could play together. Basically, you build a tower of blocks based on what number/color the dice shows when you roll it.

Sometimes you roll it and it tells you to remove a block. That's when it starts getting interesting because your goal is to keep the tower of blocks standing. You don't want to be the person who pulls out the block that makes the tower tumble.

Olivia picked Connect 4. We played three rounds of the game which she enjoyed. I remember playing this game growing up, so it's fun to be able to play it again as an adult with my daughter.

 Olivia ready to play Connect 4.

 Sophia picked Life. She now can be the "banker" for this game which gives her opportunities to practice math in a fun way. She's learning about place values in the hundred-thousand and ten-thousand range, so playing Life is a great way to get experience adding and subtracting at that level.

Sophia and I played Life on Game Day.

Throughout the day, we checked on the horses, shoveled the snow, and filled the bird feeders. The girls made forts in the big drifts of snow.

Sophia and Olivia in one of the snow drifts.  This one completely covered Sophia's thighs.  Olivia got stuck and couldn't move forward.

Montague waited patiently for me until I was ready to go.  Then he joined Gretel and the girls near the barn.

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