It's been quite snowy here in New England, which means the kids are home from school. My kids had two days off from school for the blizzard of 2015. While my daughter just had her birthday and she had a lot of new things to play with, the kids were starting to get (gasp!) bored. It was getting close to dinnertime on our first snow day and I told them to go and find something to play with while I cooked. Honestly, this doesn't always end well but I wanted to give it a shot.
All of a sudden they are upstairs in my son's room writing numbers on paper and I'm not really sure what's going on. All I know is that they're cooperating, not yelling and I'm cooking dinner without interruption so I'm quite pleased. Then they come downstairs with papers numbered 1 to 30 and my daughter goes into the other room and makes a spinner.
It took my husband and me a moment to figure out what was happening. They created their own game! The goal of the game was to get to the flying camel/bird picture at the end of all the numbers by using the spinner. Initially there were only four numbers on spinner: +1, +2, -1, and -2. My husband and I said that was going to take too long, so we advised them to add on some more numbers; we sent our daughter off and she did it.
I was shocked. I had never suggested this game to them or said they should make a game. They came up with this all on their own. And that's exactly what I love about it. We sent them to figure it out and they came up with a very simple game that helped both of them work on their addition and subtraction and helped my son with recognition of numbers. We played it that night before dinner. The next day while my daughter was doing homework, my son asked to play it again, so we did. It isn't super pretty or colorful or Pinterest perfect but it is a heck of a lot of fun and they created it on their own. I couldn't ask for more.
Have your kids ever created a game?