Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Chutes and Ladders

When was the last time you played Chutes and Ladders?
If your children are still quite young, it may not have been too long ago that this board game was laying out on the floor waiting to be played. At my house, however, we haven't seen this game in years. So, you can imagine my surprise last week when Elizabeth approached me and asked, "Mom? Do you want to play Chutes and Ladders with me?"
Elizabeth proceeded to lead me outside to show me the 'board' she had drawn on our driveway with sidewalk chalk. There it was - all 100 squares, numbered, with chutes and ladders every which way. She had a dice in her hand, and she was ready to play.
So we began to roll the dice and walk through the game board, when we (read that: Me!) came up with a fun idea.
You know how on the 'real' game board there are pictures of the bad ideas and good ideas associated with the chutes and ladders, and the resulting consequences at the bottom of the chutes and the tops of the ladders? Well, in our version of the game whenever we landed on a space at the bottom of a ladder we made up a scenario of a wise thing we did, climbed the ladder, and told the consequence of our action. And whenever we landed on a space at the top of a chute we made up a scenario of a foolish thing we did, traveled down the chute, and told the consequence of that action. It really was fun!
Before long, Brian came outside and we invited him to join us. So there we were, 39,38, and 14 - playing Chutes and Ladders - for the whole neighborhood to see. *grin*

Do you have some sidewalk chalk at your house? You really should get it out and play this game - no matter how old your kids are!



Patricia/NYC said...

This sounds fabulous!
That must have taken Elizabeth quite some time to draw the gameboard! Oh, wait, that's right, she's great at drawing!!

Think I'll bring along the sidewalk chalk next time we go to the playground!


luvmy4sons said...

Wow! That is one great idea! I love it! I doubt my sons at their age would play this with me but you never know. We were playing Monopoly and sorry just the other day! Good stuff! Blessings!

Irritable Mother said...

Patricia - Yeah. Then you can get several kids in on the game!

Leslie - Awww, they might think it's funny to play a 'little kid' game. Especially the older ones, don't you think? It seems at some age we get past the 'I'm too cool to play that childish game.' Like right around college.
And, well, now you've got two of those. Yikes!

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Such an awesome idea!!!!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

that sounds so fun! we still draw hopscotch outside with the grandbabies and at 47 I can still hopscotch with the best of them!

Amanda said...

That is so cool!!! I love everything about this... that she felt comfortable asking you to play, that you did, that your dh joined in... that you got a valuable lesson out of it! :)

Be blessed-

Irritable Mother said...

Jodi - Thank you. *grin*

Beth - I think there's something really special to a kid when a 'grown up' plays their game. Go, you! :)

Amanda - I love that she still asks me to do these things, too. I realize the day (might) come when she won't be asking me anymore - so I want to take advantage of the opportunities now.

gianna said...

That is one of the coolest things i have ever heard of. It's a totally cool youth group game. karen, I think you should write a book. Oh, wait. you already have. You should write another one. Shoot, you already did that, too! Okay! Maybe you should have a really cool blog with great ideas like this! Good grief! Okay, so you are BRILLIANT!

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - You make me smile.
Thanks! :o)

Angie Muresan said...

My daughter loves this game. I love that you went out there and played with your daughter, on the sidewalk. So sweet!

Irritable Mother said...

Angie - Then you have GOT to try this version with her. So fun!