Day 90: Powered paper aeroplanes

Day 90: Powered paper aeroplanes

For Christnukah someone gave me a paper plane propeller. It looks like a propeller on a long stick with a nodule on the end. You hold the nodule against a battery pack for a few seconds and then the propeller starts spinning. The nodule attaches to the nose of your...
Day 89: Finally getting to play pinball

Day 89: Finally getting to play pinball

I’ve had pinball on my list of potential play activities for 100 Days of Play for almost as long as I’ve been doing it. But I hadn’t managed to find myself somewhere with a machine until now. The reason I’ve been seeking it out: I simply love...
Day 88: When I’m blowing bubbles…

Day 88: When I’m blowing bubbles…

Do you have to be in the right mood to play, or does it have a power to draw you in? I wasn’t especially pumped to play when I took my bottle of bubble mix into the garden because – yes – I’d committed to playing for 100 days in a row. I winced...
Day 87: The most boring jigsaw ever?

Day 87: The most boring jigsaw ever?

I’m reminded of the second day of my 100 Days of Play challenge – way back when – where I found doing a crossword (an activity I enjoy and do by choice) an exercise in frustration. I’m doing a jigsaw – a jigsaw we’ve been doing for...
Day 86: Playing Hide and Seek

Day 86: Playing Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek is a brilliant game. I’ll say that again: Hide and Seek is a BRILLIANT game. Fact is, it’s wasted on children. If you haven’t played Hide and Seek while an adult, I implore you to immediately step away from your computer, find a group...
Day 85: A mysterious murder

Day 85: A mysterious murder

Perhaps the hardest part in setting up this Murder Mystery evening after rescuing a box-set (sealed in cellophane) from a charity shop was locating a cassette tape player so we could listen to Inspector Flapper McClue’s wisdom. If you’re too young to know...