Just in time for Daylight Saving Time (set your clocks forward one hour when you go to bed Saturday night!), I thought I'd share a little game the kids and I invented.
The game is inspired by Tic-Tac-Toe, Connect Four and Penta (one of my favorite games as a kid). We used an egg crate scavenged from the garbage pile at our favorite diner and some scrapbook dots I picked up years ago (I always wondered what to do with them).
Each player starts with a small stack of dots - one color for player 1, another color for player 2. You could also use buttons, checker pieces, rocks, small squares of paper, etc., as long as each player has their own color.
The object of the game is to get four pieces in a row. It's a little more challenging than Tic-Tac-Toe but still fast paced enough to play several games in a setting.
The game didn't hold my kids' interest for long, but then again they are 6 and 8. I think this would be an excellent game for preschoolers. A great thing about this game is that when you're done you can recycle it! There are lots of fun crafts to do with egg crates - little flowers, bells, caterpillars. According to my friend Sarah, egg crates are great fire starters too. I think we might use ours to start some seeds. And the diner thought they were garbage.
Have fun and don't forget to change your clocks!