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Subject: Little Miss P.B. (21 mo) gets her first game rss

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Sure, Little Miss P.B. (21 months old) had wreaked havoc across ASL mapboards and thrown Nexus Ops dice with wild abandon, but she had never had a game she could call her own, never a game to play rather than disrupt.

On Saturday morning Little Miss P.B. found a bag with a new game in it. There was a time not so long ago that a bag was gift enough alone, but this bag had a game in it - a game for P! P. has a game like Daddy!

She had fun just looking at the game box and seemed intrigued by the picture on the cover. She's not really aware of monsters yet, but has been interested lately in Halloween stories (and stories of maulings at the zoo, but that's a bit off-topic). We said a few things about monsters (monstros) and how the little boy was sending them away. Soon she was eagerly asking us to open the box.

Mr. and Mrs. B. plus Little Miss P.B. sat down in a circle and laid the room boards out near each player. P. didn't seem very interested in the boards quite yet, but when Daddy reached into the bag and pulled out a tiny cardboard bed, she was excited about what else might be in the bag and immediately began exclaiming, "P's turn! P's turn!"

It was, indeed, P's turn and we passed the bag to her. She had a little trouble getting anything out (the bag is a little long and narrow for her alone), but she got a lamp and we explained to her where to put it.

It was then Mommy's turn and Mommy got a monster. Both Mommy and Daddy exclaimed, "Ooo - Un Monstro!" and Little Miss P was fascinated. Mommy threw the monster into the box stating firmly, "Ve te monstro!" and all was well.

Play continued round and round and P. really got into the whole thing. She became the thrower of monsters for all of us and enjoyed that as well as telling what she had pulled from the bag and putting it onto its appropriate place on the room boards. You could watch her excitement and impatience building during our turns and she was always excited about getting her chance to reach into the bag. We continued to play until the bag was empty. P. was immediately asking for another turn, so we started all over again.

We've played at least once a day since then. The little one really likes this game and understands the play perfectly well. The only trouble she has is pulling a single piece from the bag. The bag seems tough for her to handle on her own, so I folded down the top and hold it for her when it's her turn.
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