Cubs & The Environment #NaBloPoMo

Yesterday was a doozy! I went to a training session for Cub Scout leaders and spent the entire day outside, singing songs, learning safety procedures, learning how to cook outdoors without creating a huge mess (and using some creative recipes!), playing games, and learning planning procedures to help my Tiger Scouts get the most out of the program. It was a blast – but holy crap, was I cold afterwards!

So, yesterday I was thankful for the wonderful people who led the training as well as the awesome group who I experienced the training with – they all contributed to making it a fun, enjoyable experience.

We also learned how to leave as small a footprint as possible whenever we go to a natural space.

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No More Small Pieces!

One of the things any mom can agree on is that toys with small pieces are the bane of her existence. This includes legos, building blocks, board games of any kind, and generally anything small enough that will go unnoticed until you step on it and nearly kill yourself trying to keep it from becoming permanently lodged in your foot.

This is one of the many reasons I absolutely love some video games. I’m not talking games with zombies, shooter games, or anything like that – especially not games that suck you in until you’re three shades paler than white and need an IV just so you’ll get some nutrition…I’m talking about video games designed after board or table games that can be played as a family or by yourself.

Here’s a list of some of the games that have been adapted to video games. Some of these, my family has and plays together on our computer, Sega Genesis (yes, we have one that still works), and Playstation 2 systems…

  • Life
  • Monopoly
  • Backgammon
  • Scrabble
  • Bingo
  • Parcheesi
  • Yahtzee
  • Family Feud
  • Clue
  • Uno
  • Dominoes
  • Cribbage

I’m sure there are way more titles available out there, these are just ones that came to my mind quickly, and that have already shown their ability to keep my feet injury-free. Are there any favorites that I’ve missed?

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