“What game can we play, Mani?” piped the sweet voice of my five-year-old granddaughter from the backseat of my car. My mind flashed back to travels with my brothers and sister in an old station wagon on long road trips. No videos, no devices, no games and a rarely turned on radio. With four other unrestrained children in the car my parents needed to be creative!
The words of an old game came to mind: “I’m going on a trip and on that trip I’m going to bring a suitcase and in that suitcase I’m going to bring a(n) _____.”
I explained to her that we needed to take turns and think of things that began with each consecutive letter of the alphabet. So we began – first me – “apples”. Then it was her turn. She had to repeat the entire phrase but stating my item, then adding hers. “I’m going on a trip and on that trip I’m going to bring a suitcase and in that suitcase I’m going to bring an apple and a banana”. So the chant continued…apples, bananas, carrots, a dog, an eagle, a flying helicopters (her choice), grapes, a hairbrush….
As the list grew longer and more complex I found myself modeling outloud my strategies and thought processes. Wow! Tons of skills were being used in this simple childhood game! I told her we were growing her brain.

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  • joyce
    January 12, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I remember that game except ours was "I'm going on a safari and I ' my bringing..." some exotic animal. Perhaps it was an antelope, baboon, […] Read MoreI remember that game except ours was "I'm going on a safari and I ' my bringing..." some exotic animal. Perhaps it was an antelope, baboon, cheetah etc... Read Less

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    • StoryBoxLady
      @joyce
      January 13, 2017 at 1:52 am

      Love it, Joyce! Thanks! I am sure their are other variations and themes. That is a great way to learn categories!!

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