Christy is a teacher-trainer for the Baptist schools in Togo. Every week, nearly a hundred children pile into her yard to sing, play, and learn about Jesus.
As an education major, some of our required assignments are nothing more than gathering materials to use in our classrooms. In the present age, a list of web-based games is considered a necessary material. Here are ten of my favorite games that I have found this year.
When I began compiling my 30 before 30 list back in the fall, the Color Run was one of the first activities I added. I love to run, and I love bright colors, so why not enjoy the two together? Last month, my brother invited me to join his Color Run team, and I
jumped at the chance was initially excited…until I saw the entrance fee. Ultimately, though, I could not pass up the opportunity to begin whittling down my goals the day after my birthday. So, I bit the bullet, pulled out my debit card (telling myself that it would count as a self-given birthday present), and prepared for race day.
With the wintry weather and my work hours, I was not able to “train” for the run. Thankfully, the Color Run is completely casual–no time clocks, no winner, no prizes.
Seven thousand people (and a few animals) participated in the Color Run today. I ran with the second group and finished before the last group even had a chance to start.
This was truly the happiest 3.1 miles I had ever run. With each spray of color, I grinned bigger (which led to a few mouthfuls of colored corn starch).
Although I will probably be wiping yellow dust out of my left ear until 2016, I have no regrets!
If you have ever played a game with me, you don’t need to read the next few sentences; you know how competitive I am. You know that I get testy and impatient. You know that my usually soft voice slowly rises. You know that I always play to dominate, not just win, the game.
During my month-long Christmas break, I have played many board games and card games with family, friends, and daycare students. Below are my favorite games from the past few weeks.
Ten Most Enjoyable Games I Have Played This Month
1. The Logo Game
5. Such and Such
7. Apples to Apples
Other games I played during Christmas break:
I have always been a
hoarder collector. As a young child, I had a rock collection, a Hello Kitty collection, a Kelly Doll collection, a “nature” collection, a Beanie Babies collection…the list goes on. One of may favorite collections, however, was my magnetic Polly Pocket town. I had every piece of the set (except for the candy shop that the eBay seller failed to ship), and it was ubiquitously set up on a table in my bedroom.
I remember asking my mom to play with me one afternoon. “I’m not good at playing dolls,” she replied, but she sat down on the floor next to me and picked up a small, bendable girl. At the time, I did not understand how someone could be bad at playing dolls. It was a simple pleasure in my juvenile mind. You simply selected a doll, named her, and pretended.
Tonight, a three-year-old girl asked me to play dolls with her. I selected a baby, named her Katy, and pretended. I now know what it is like to be bad at playing dolls. My doll was too realistic. She wanted food. She wanted to sleep. She cried for her mom. The young girl I was playing with constantly corrected my “baby talk” and pretending skills.
When did I forget how to play? When did dolls change into objects instead of friends?
When did my day-dreams turn from make believe stories of princesses to mental to-do lists?
When did I lose my ability to believe in the impossible?