How's the weather in your neck of the woods? We're still waiting for the oft-promised but yet to show up snow. Friends and relatives on both coasts rarely have snow. If you and your grandkids are experiencing weather that allows outdoor play, here's a fun new variation my grandkids came up with for our perennial favorite, ball tag.
It started when one grandkid grabbed the lone shield in their toybox and used it to defend himself during ball tag. Of course, the rest of the grandkids wanted one too. So off we went to the Dollar store (such a wonderful resource for all of us grandparents, and boy – do I see a lot of compadres in there every time I go) and got little shields for each of them for a $1. We still throw the ball at each other to tag them out, but they can use the shields to defend themselves. Since I am always picked to go first, it's turning out to be a shade on the boring side for me because now it's MUCH harder to get them "out," but they absolutely LOVE it! Which makes it fun for me as well. Go figure. (A grandparent's heart, I guess ).
Even the granddogs think it's a bit of a hoot! How about you? Have you ever tried ball tag, with or without shields? Or do you have other fun variations. With winter weather, any chance I can get the grandkids outside and running I GRAB it! So I love to hear of new ideas.
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.