One of the things I gave a lot of thought to over the past month was how would I entertain a very high energy four year old from after school through dinnertime after the baby arrived. Sure, Lucas would be content to watch a movie every single day after school, and I have no doubt that I will take advantage of that on several occasions, but I really prefer for him to be doing something active. When the baby is a bit older and the weather is nicer, we'll certainly be getting out to the park or going on other adventures, but during bad weather and for at least the next few weeks, that won't be possible.
After Christmas, I was perusing the Target toy clearance aisle and the game Animal Scramble, pictured above, caught my eye. I mean, anything with the words "hyper dash" written on the front practically screams "Lucas!"
I bought the game and we pulled it out this weekend. It was a blast!! We've already played several times and it has kept Lucas's attention for at least 30 minutes each time. Not to mention, he's literally on the move for the entire game. Parental involvement can be pretty much nothing, or if you're willing/able (e.g. not breastfeeding at the time) then you can take a turn, too. There are several game options and several levels of each game. I am confident that two or three kids would play well, more than that and it might be too long between turns for each child.
I bought the game on clearance at our local Target for $9.99 but it is still listed as full price on-line (I am pretty sure I'd be willing to pay full price if I knew in advance how much fun Lucas would have with it.) As soon as I have a chance to stop by a Target again, I'll be searching the clearance aisle for 2 or 3 more of these. If I find more, they'll be my go-to birthday present for the next few months!
Original post by Smiling Mama. Thanks for reading!