I was in the Queen City this weekend visiting my sister and her family when my nearly-five-year-old nephew, the crown prince of hyperbole, raced into the living room with a game high above his head and exclaimed, “Hey Aunt Lolly, want to play the most awesome gave EVER?”
Well now. Admittedly, my curiosity was piqued as I read the game’s title: The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That!
My nephew threw open the lid and set about extracting a plastic sailboat and foam board items, such as a book, a fish, and a polka-dotted dress. As he assembled an odd-looking apparatus that I later learned was the trick-a-ma-stick, I asked my sister hesitantly, “Do big people actually crawl through that?”
“Oh, sure, if you pull that card,” she replied matter-of-factly as she spread colored cards out on the floor and proceeded to explain the rules of the game. There were red, blue, and yellow cards numbered 1, 2, and 3. With each turn, a player pulled one card of each color and combined the activities described.
We tiptoed, crawled and twirled as the cards instructed. Not wishing to be a stick-in-the-mud, I played with zeal. My nephew giggled in delight when I skipped around the trick-a-ma-stick (#1) with a book (#2) under my chin (#3); and he howled uproariously when I crawled through the trick-a-ma-stick (#1) with a fan (#2) between my legs (#3). Tricky indeed.
Do try this at home. It’s a fun game that gets you and your family up and moving!