1-2-3 Madagascar!

This week Henry is obsessed with Madagascar. I don’t know if he heard about the movie from the neighborhood posse, or where exactly this is coming from. Doesn’t really matter. He wanted to know about animals who live on Madagascar, so we found a website that listed a number of them, and had nice photos. He spent the entire day carefully drawing each animal onto its own card (the “card” is a piece of paper that he cut up; as always, Henry is all about cut-up paper).

Then he made it into a game. It’s pretty simple: all the cards are dealt, and then you shout, “1! 2! 3! Madagascar!” and put down a card. Whoever puts down the bigger animal gets all the cards on the table. The one with the most cards at the end, wins.

I suggested he call the game “Madagascards” but he just gave me a withering look.

I’m going to try to get him to make a game out of other future obsessions. The game-making itself is easily a day-long activity, he learns more about whatever he’s obsessing about, and the game is actually kind of fun to play.

What’s that? You want to see the game in action? Here you go!

One of the fun animals on Madagascar is the dancing sifaka. Henry and Eli (and Dave and I) are spending a lot of time pretending to be sifakas. This has led to the best faux curse since cluck. Though it also veers on the dangerous. There’s only so much you can say “Stop sifaking around” before it becomes something else entirely.

Comments (3)

  1. Clog July 1, 2009 at 7:06 am

    The game somehow seems totally fixed by its inventor who reaches into his pile, selects a large animal card, and wins! Although I must say Eli doesn’t seem to mind.

  2. Julie July 1, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I know it looks like it was rigged, but that was seriously just this particular game. I’ve played it with him before and I had a sweeping win. I think this was just the end of a marathon session and maybe Henry was ready for it to be over.

  3. Sarah July 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Jaya loves to make teeny tiny houses out of teeny tiny cut pieces of paper. What is it?

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