Thursday, 7 April 2016

Boardgame Bonanza (with bonus hedgehog)

This morning the boys had all done some exercises on Literacy Planet before I was even ready to get going myself and we decided that today as a fairly quiet day would be a good opportunity for a board game tournament.  We chose a game each and played them one at a time.


First of all Youngest chose Labyrinth which we all enjoy.  It's great for strategy and problem solving, understanding sequencing and cause & effect etc ...


It was won by Middle.

The Middle chose Alpha Animals for us to play.  It's a lovely simple concept which builds literacy skills as well as exploring animal classification...


Youngest was the winner this time.

It was Eldest's choice next, and he had selected Angry Birds Space Race, which is a fairly modern take on the old-fashioned game of Ludo - again good for basica counting and strategy (and forgiveness/ learning to deal with frustration when a sibling sends your piece back to the start!)  I won this time, probably because I avoided sending anyone back where possible, so none of the boys were trying to get revenge! There's probably a life lesson in there too, on reaping what you sow, 'doing unto others' etc!


Finally it was my game.  I chose Wing It simply because Middle had already selected it but then changed his mind.  We removed the 'impede' cards which have the specific purpose of being played tactically to scupper your opponents.  I thought we'd had enough of that!  It's a lovely game from the RSPB, and you don't have to have any bird knowledge to play.  It is good for geography, being based arund the UK, and negotiation skills as there is a degree of card-trading at the beginning, as well as encuraging identification of native birds...


It could have been the deciding game that crowned Youngest, Middle or me the clear winner, but happily Eldest won the final game, making it an unusually (but very thankfully) even tournament, with each of us winning one round each.  We love board games, even if things sometimes get a little heated and some players need to take an occasional break!

We finished playing quite late after lunch as there had been an unexpected turn of events this morning when a fellow hedgehog-rehabilitator called to see if I could take in a local hedgehog overnight.  I haven't been caring for wild hedgehogs since we moved as there didn't seem much point finding a local vet etc if we were just going to move again, but I still have all my equipment (just not any meds), so I was happy to help out overnight until my friend can fetch him tomorrow to give him the treatment he needs.  So Middle, Youngest and I drove to get some cat food and newspaper (the phone call came two minutes after the rcycling lorry had taken all our papers away!), and collect the hedgehog.  It's a juvenile hog, named Pickle by the finder, and is significantly underweight, but hopefully not beyond the point of help.  Anyway, it took about an hour out of our morning to sort out but we were glad to help, and the hedgehog is seriously cute as always...



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