Still searching for a few minutes to burrow away and write,
I set up two games for today's quiet time.
Here is Mixed Up Many:
We drew pictures of people,
cut each paper into tops,
middles and bottoms,
and snapped them together
with binder rings
To my writing friends:
Surely this is a plot recipe
just drooling to be used.
Scribble story bones onto paper,
clip into rings,
mix till ready,
The next game is Play With Words, Not Matches:
This is great for rainy days
and Mama-is-desperate-to-write moments.
I hunted through the house
scooped everything into a basket,
then wrote each word on
recycled art cards.
The girls had to draw a card, read the word
and tape it to its match.
Their favorite part: the tape.
So simple, yet so entertaining!
For my writer and artist friends:
This can be converted to Kim's Game,
from Rudyard Kipling's Kim.
Have someone fill a tray or basket with dissimilar treasures.
(My kid "helpers" do this for me all day long without being asked.)
Study the tray for twenty seconds, then whisk it away.
Try to remember each thing and its placement on the tray.
This is great for sharpening your detail memory.
They're now playing dollhouse with the boots.
And my writing moments?
I had so much fun playing games
I forgot to write.