A friend of mine once told me about game her family played when she was young. It was called, “Pioneer.” Her parents told the kids that they each got a bucket or box and they had to go around the house and find the 10 things they couldn’t live without. The rest of their stuff was being boxed up. That’s a way to keep the house clean, isn’t it? Tempting! So, the kids gathered what they deemed essential and the rest was taken away. I’m not sure how the rest of the game went, that’s the part that stuck with me. Now, I’m too tired and weak to box up our stuff and store it for the sake of cleanliness, but I was curious to know what my kids would take if we played, “Pioneer.”
So, this morning I asked them to tell me the 10 things they would want to keep if I were to get rid of everything else in the house. After they freaked and asked me why I would ever do something like that, they spouted off their list of must-haves. I tried my best to hold back my laughter and shock while I watched them deep in thought. I love the minds of these little people!
I learned a lot from their answers. I also realized that we have a lot of unnecessary crap lying around. A little friendly “Pioneer” game wouldn’t hurt! I think it would be a good idea to do this for real some time, except maybe expand the number of items just a bit so socks and underwear could have room on the list. What kid is going to say socks and underwear? They didn’t make our list.
Here are their ten items, starting with my son…
I would have a tough time coming up with only ten things to grab. It would be interesting to make that list for myself. Have you ever thought about what you would grab if you could only have 10 items? What would they be?
Have you ever asked your kids what their favorite toys are or what is most valuable to them? Try it, it’s a fun time!
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