We LOVE Richard Scarry books, so when we found this book at the library we were so excited. As we read before bed last night, we discovered it included a board game as part of one of the stories. The following morning we pulled the book back out and sat around the table to play.
I might have squealed with delight when I saw this pocket inside the front cover. It’s not often I find a real library pocket for real library cards. Goes to show how long this book has been around and how loved it must be by many readers.
The game was simple – roll a die, move your character (we used Playmobile figures like these ones but from an older set), and see who arrives to Grandma’s house first. At first everyone was into it, and then Leah quickly decided she want to hold the die instead of roll it whenever it was her turn, and Madison declared she was “So cold!” and couldn’t move her arms out from underneath the blanket she wrapped around herself. Which meant Hunter and I played the whole game, with everyones’ turns and game pieces, all the way through until the end.
Some of the game spaces had instructions on them, and Hunter was able to read most of them out loud to us. I love watching him able to sound out words that are beyond his reading level. He is confident enough to give it a try and also very aware of the context of what he is reading, so he often guess correctly. For example, one of the squares said, “Merry Christmas! Move 5 spaces.” After he sounded out “merry,” he immediately shouted, “CHRISTMAS!” He may not have read the word, but he sure did feel proud at figuring out what it said.
Plusalso, we totally skipped homeschool today so I’m counting this as his reading for the day. I mean, right? Totally counts.
In the end we all made it safely to Grandma’s house, if a bit upset about who go there first. Leah won, but she had long forgotten what was going on and was off destroying something else across the room while we weren’t watching. Hunter kept accidentally re-rolling his die to get higher numbers, which made him mad when it actually rolled a lower number and allowed Madison to finish before him.
I was the goat. I got there last. 🙂