Day 81: …at dreidel we shall play

Day 81: …at dreidel we shall play

This year, for the first time I can recall, the first night of Chanukah was Christmas Eve. For those that don’t know, the Jewish festival of lights lasts 8 days (measured from sun-down to sun-down), and moves around the Gregorian calendar because the Jewish...
Day 80: Giving the gift of… gifts!

Day 80: Giving the gift of… gifts!

I chose this date completely at random to share a couple of hours of gift-giving with family. Okay, so that’s not true, but I thought it was important to really experience Christmas Day as play. Because what is the activity of hiding gifts inside wrapping, then...
Day 79: Inventing a game of my own

Day 79: Inventing a game of my own

I thought it would be fun to invent a game all of my own. I wanted to create a parlour game that didn’t require any special equipment to play (so no cards or board, but pencil and paper is fine). I give you… Topsy Turvy! Topsy Turvy game rules Topsy...
Day 78: Bouncy bouncy trampoline!

Day 78: Bouncy bouncy trampoline!

I’m quite often to be heard uttering the phrase ‘Play is wasted on children’. And never have I felt this is more true that in a trampoline park. For one thing, in the course of normal life kids fall down all the time, and because they bounce they get...
Day 77: Down the longest, tallest slide!

Day 77: Down the longest, tallest slide!

You know when you think nothing of doing some fun thing, and then ascend to the top of the tall tower, look down and realise that you’ve paid for and committed to riding a slide all the way down to the ground again? That. The phrase ‘bitten off more than I...