Pushup Trouble is not having a problem lifting your body weight off the floor with your arm strength, although it can be. For purposes of this post, Push Up Trouble is the way my girls play the game called Trouble.
If it's been a while since you played, let me refresh your memory. First, before you start to move your pieces around the board you have to roll a six of the die. This typically exceeds the patience boundaries of most small children (and their parents). And because the die is under a dome you can't cheat (or move the game forward, as I prefer to say).
While we were spending a weekend at my brother and sister-in-law's cabin a while back, Mc (wearing the headband in the middle) propped her feet up in plank and took her turn. She rolled a six for the first time in the game. At the time, the rest of us were half way around the board and she had yet to roll a six so none of her pieces were in play. Did I mention she does not like losing? The crazy thing is she rolled about three sixes in a row. So the other girls wanted in on that luck and took to plank too. The sixes started showing up more. I was in a six draught myself, so I propped myself in plank, and--voila!--I rolled a six!
I might mention here, that to pop the dome to roll the die requires lifting one hand up so that you hold plank with the remaining arm. Hello core!
The real victory is that we have made a sedentary game active (my children take the credit, which is an even bigger victory). Is there a way your family has made a "sitting game" more active or, for the parents, more tolerable? Do share!
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