My sister Sherry and I used to play “Fancy Lady” (such creativity in game naming!) when we were little. It included opening a jar of spaghetiOs, one of us would eat really prim and proper with our pinky in the air. The other would snort the spaghetiOs down like a pig, chew loudly, and smear their mouth with the sauce. The fancy lady would stare with distain at the porky lady. That’s it. That was the game. But it was really a lot of fun, and we always fought to be the messy lady.
We also used to play “The Pillow Game” (limitless creativity I tell ya). It involved throwing a pillow back and forth trying to catch it, points to the one who caught it the most.
Now my kids make up their own games. They have: “Can’t touch the floor” “Win” and “blanket-ball”. My Mullet genes passed along the super-clever game naming skills. “Win” is when they’re eating lunch, whoever cleans their plate first gets of the chair, runs around cheering and yelling then climbs back on the chair. It is fun for them. It is loud for me.
“Can’t touch the floor” is just like it sounds. They walk around in the living room, but can you guess…? without touching the floor. It involves lots of pillows and blankets being drug all over, and lots of messes being made.
Once I tried to teach them the pillow game. They looked at me with big eyes like “What kind of lame-o game is this?”
Seriously though, I love watching kids making up their games. I love their creativity, or lack of it. I love to see them poke each other in the eye with a fork. Just kidding, that happened this morning. I can’t wait to see when they’re older what kind of games they’ll come up with.
What kind of games did your children invent?