small things #68 ... hullabalooga
"Welcome to Cranium Hullabaloo!"
The electronic MC announces the rules and Lydia heads to a purple Cranium pad. Her goofy smile and bouncy feet tell me she's excited.
"Mommy! You have to get on a purple guy. You can stand with me!"
I step over to "Creative Cat" (and over the baby) and wait for the directions.
"Move over to a yellow."
I step over to the yellow triangle while Lydia dances over to the yellow circle.
"Fly to a square."
We flap our wings and head to the blue square. Lydia dodges Baby S and her sorter box.
"Ha! We sharing!"
"Crawl to an animal."
Lydia scurries on all fours to the elephant. I stoop over and pretend to crawl to the monkey.
"Freeze! Is anyone standing on the elephant? If you are, you're the winner! Winner? Take a bow!"
Lydia claps for herself and bows deeply and dramatically. One sweeping arm barely misses Baby S's noggin.
"I won! I da winner!"
We step back on the purple pads.
"Samantha, no! Mommy, Samantha has the elephant."
"That's okay. I'll trade her this toy for the pad. You get on a red pad."
"Slither to a musical instrument."
Baby S walks by with the piano.
"Get on a blue."
Lydia grabs Baby S by the hand and "helps" her find a blue.
"Hop to a triangle."
Lydia hops around Baby S and lands next to me on the red triangle.
"Freeze! Is anyone standing on the red triangle? If you are, you're the winner! Winner? Do a funky monkey dance!"
Lydia be-bops around the room, arms flailing and feet kicking, narrowly missing Baby S, who is also frenetically boogying. I do my own rendition of John Travolta's "Stayin' Alive", much to Lydia's delight.
As we head back to our purple pads, Lydia protests that Baby S is putting the pads away. Sure enough the baby has gathered up three pads and is walking back to the box. I rescue the pads and redistribute them around the floor. Frustrated, Baby S flaps her arms and plops herself down on the blue circle.
"Try this Hullabaloo move! Put your knee on a circle. Annnd ... touch your foot to a green. Annnd ... put your nose on a food." ... annnd balance over the baby who is crawling under your belly.
We stretch and pretzel ourselves to reach the three pads and I fear I might not get back off the floor.
"Everybody stand up! Walk on your tip-toes to a green."
We tip-toe to the spaghetti pad and Lydia hangs from my leg.
"Freeze! Is anyone standing on the frog? If you are, you're the winner! Winner? Do a victory jump!"
We look around. Baby S is sucking on the frog.
"Samantha! You da winner! Jump! Jump! Jump!"
Baby S cries as she gets jumped and bumped to the floor.
"Want to play again? Get on a purple Cranium pad to start."
Whew! I'm about Hullabalooga-ed out!
Hullabalooga ... Ashley changed the name and Baby S changed the rules. It's a lively game where anything goes and everybody wins!