Most people I know love babysitting grandchildren at least once in awhile. Saturday night I was scheduled to babysit my three adorable grandbabies, so I gathered up a couple of my daughter’s old toys to take to their home for entertainment. I chose her Etch A Sketch and the game Twister. They both became instant hits with the grandkids.
Of course, the two older children (ages three and nearly five) fought over the Etch A Sketch. I set a timer so they could both have their time exploring how it worked. I guess fearing the game would not be working when her time came, the oldest, Jovie, asked me where the batteries go. She didn’t quite understand the concept of it not needing batteries or a plug to make it work. Both kids were fascinated by the fact that they could draw with it and then erase what they drew by shaking it. Oh, the simple things in life!
The biggest thrill, at least for Jovie and I, was playing Twister. She knows her colors and she had a great time learning which was her right and left hand and foot. The boys liked the spinner. I even took a turn on the plastic mat. Of course the first two or three color/hand/foot combinations left me spread clear across it. I held on for as long as I could but the boys decided to climb on my back, so we all collapsed in a pile of laughs! Even the little guy (14 months) mimicked his big sister and placed his hands and feet on the brightly colored dots. The game was a hit! In this fast paced world of electronic games which make all sorts of noises and have flashy lights, it was nice to see some of the classic old games still entertain my young grandchildren.
A little history on these two old-time favorites from my childhood, as well as my daughter’s: