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The Games We Play!

For as long as I can remember, we've been playing a little game with Alex (that I'm pretty sure he made up himself), that we call "the guessing game." As he gets older (he's 4 now), it becomes more elaborate, and we now spell the words too. I think it's so much fun because it's educational, it passes the time on our daily commute, and it's a fun way for us to interact creatively as a family- no game pieces required, just our brains.

The premise of the guessing game is to give clues about what type of animal you are and have others guess. We each take turns coming up with an animal; it can sometimes be a challenge to come up with new ones. It teaches him facts about animals, their habitats and also how to spell their names. He also very much enjoys spelling out his animal, as long as we don't try to correct him!

Alex enjoyed today's clues:

1. I'm small and grey.
2. I have big sharp teeth and a long tail.
3. I'm a marsupial, so I keep my babies in my pouch.
4. I play dead when danger is nearby.
5. I live in the USA.
6. My name begins with O.

O-P-O-S-S-U-M

Did you know that Opossums are fascinating and often misunderstood creatures? They're also immune to rabies, which I didn't know. I recommend reading this very sweet little article about opossums; they are amazing little animals and I have always been intrigued by their tiny human looking hands.

Baby opossums. Image by Frank Lukasseck/Corbis

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