we always play some sort of game while in the car. most of the places we frequent are within 10 or 15 minutes from home but occasionally our drives take longer and it's nice to have something to keep the boys occupied.
on the way to school we shout out what type of vehicle we want to see. graham ALWAYS wants to see firetrucks and trash trucks. harrison varies more - anything from armored trucks to police cars to school buses. on lengthier trips we search for shapes in the clouds and play "i spy" with colors, but our favorite activity is a guessing game we call "who am i?"
one player gives clues that describe an animal and the other players guess which animal it is. simple, right? the following is a synopsis of the most recent time we played "who am i", while driving to pick up a friend from the airport (40 minutes from home).
graham: mama, let's play who am i. (pronounced who AN i)
me: okay, buddy, you go first.
graham: let me think of an animal (pronounced am-i-nal). okay. i have four legs (pronounced wegs), a really big winky, i live in the water and i have a face. who am i?
let me recap that for you - four legs, big winky, water-dwelling, with a face. that should be easy!
harrison: an alligator?
graham: no, let me give you a clue. i'm a hippo!
harrison: graham! you're not supposed to tell us!
me: okay guys...graham, go again but this time don't tell us.
graham: who am i? i have four legs, a small big winky, i'm brown and i live on a farm.
recap - four legs, small/big winky, brown, farm-dwelling. crystal clear!
harrison: graham, why do you think everything has a winky?
graham: HARRISON! HORSES HAVE WINKYS!
harrison: GRAHAM! YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TELL US WHAT ANIMAL YOU ARE!
me: how about we listen to some music for a while?