My Beautiful Balloon

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Veronika had so much fun with a balloon recently that today I treated her to another, this time the small Mylar kind, but we turned it more into a game of cause-and-effect. These little balloons are perfect for multiple games, all of which encourage hand-eye coordination, too.

She immediately discovered that, when released from her hands, the balloon skittered away from her. This led to an excellent time giggling and chasing it around the house.

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To avoid frustration, next we tied on a string. I towed it along behind me and she gave chase on hands in knees.

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Then it was her turn to tug it along, soon her endless companion in loops around the house.

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The best fun was dropping it from a height and bopping it back in the air. She roared with laughter.

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Lie your toddler on his her or her back for the best view!

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Chocolate-Eating Game

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Travis learned about this hilarious game from his latest Highlights magazine, traditionally played at birthdays in Germany. It sounded so silly and fun we had to give it a try just for an after-school snack!

If you’re playing with multiple players, you’ll need a dice. Anyone who rolls a 6 quickly puts on a hat, mittens, and scarf, and tries to unwrap a chocolate bar with a knife and fork. The next player to roll a 6 takes that first person’s turn, and if the bar is unwrapped, then whoever rolls a 6 now gets to eat the chocolate with a knife and fork. Silly, right?

Because it was just me and Travis, we took turns donning all the winter gear and working at the wrapper with the utensils.

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Mommy got us in! Time to fork into our chocolate.

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Whoever manages to eat the most chocolate wins, of course! I can see this being just delicious to play with a batch of kids at a party.