Yesterday, I pulled out this Christmas game for my boys to play before bedtime. It was such a hit that Mr. Two immediately pulled it out and wanted to play with it again this morning! Thanks to Joyfully Weary for some great activity ideas here.
I found the green foam cone and some plastic light pegs at Michael's for half off.
I put 25 light pegs into each glass custard cup and had the kids take turns rolling the dice and putting that number of lights on the tree. Whoever uses all of their lights first wins.
Mr. Three had lots of fun rolling the dice while the others played.
After the older boys went to school, Mr. Three tried to play the game on his own. It was so cute to see him roll the dice, stick a light in the tree and roll again. Then he discovered how much fun it was just to play with the lights, letting them jingle in the bowl and spill through his fingers. I forget how much he is growing into a little boy. Not a baby anymore.
The only drawback to this is that the pegs leave large holes in the Styrofoam, so I don't think it's going to survive more than one year. Maybe I'll try covering it in play dough or clay to reuse it.
On another note, I got back into sewing mode last night and finished my boys' bow ties for church. I think they'll look very dapper indeed!