With kids, you really just need to show them once, and then, they bring their own flair. After all the times I have performed this challenge, I was floored by the unique perspective they brought to each word challenge, and by their desire to add rules to make the game more challenging.
The biggest surprise came with the challenge “hat.” Lily, one of my older competitors, was doing a fine job with the décor she was adding to her hat. But I kept looking at the bottom of her board and wondering why she wasn’t closing up that bottom edge of the hat. After all, the brim has a bottom edge, right?
You see from the picture just WHY she didn’t close it up. She also made up rules as she went along, and so next time, watch out. This game is simply NOT just for kids anymore.
Thanks to my friend Gretchen and to James of the Mount Vernon Park Association, who helped organize this event.