Toy Hunting With A Bucket
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When Steven and Colleen can't think of a new activity to do while they are at home, Mom creates a fun toy hunt throughout the house with lots of opportunities for play!
One morning at the breakfast table Steven asked his family, "What can we do today?"
Colleen, who was sitting right beside him, was wondering the same thing.
David, their older brother, had lots of schoolwork for college, Dad would be working at the hospital all day, and Mom would be upstairs in her office working a lot on the computer.
"Why don't you build a city with Legos or put on a magic show?" Dad suggested.
"We did that yesterday," Colleen said.
"How about playing 'Monster' in the backyard?" David asked.
Then he yelled loudly like a monster and reached out like he was going to grab his brother and sister and everyone started laughing.
"We like it when you play 'Monster' with us," Steven said.
"I can tomorrow, after I finish studying for my test," David said.
"I've got an idea!" Mom shouted, surprising everyone. "You can do toy hunting with a bucket!"
"Toy hunting with a bucket??" Steven and Colleen asked.
"Yes! You'll read notes with clues, find toys all over the house, play with them and collect them in a bucket." Mom explained.
"That sounds like fun!" Colleen exclaimed and Steven agreed.
Then Mom sent Steven and Colleen upstairs to her office to wait while she gathered the toys for the hunt, decided where each of the toys would be, and wrote notes with rhyming clues.
Meanwhile Steven and Colleen drew pictures to decorate Mom's office.
"OK I'm ready! Come downstairs!" Mom called.
She was holding their big red toy bucket, but now it was empty except for a yellow sticky note inside. "Here's your first note," Mom said. "Remember to bring the bucket with you wherever you go and collect all the toys that you play with. Happy hunting!" she said and went upstairs to her office.
Colleen read the first note:
CHIRP CHIRP, NEIGH, ROAR!
LOOK FOR ANIMALS GOING OUT THE DOOR!
Steven and Colleen saw that there were no animals at the front door so they went downstairs with their big bucket and found all of their little toy animals waiting for them at the patio door!
They pretended that zebra, horse, lion, tiger, bunny, cat, dog, monkey, bird and panda were all getting ready for a big animal parade!
After the animals marched outside and paraded around in circles while Steven and Colleen sang some of their favorite songs, all of the animals marched into the bucket one by one.
Then Steven noticed that a note was stuck to the patio door. "Another note! My turn to read!" he exclaimed.
LOTS OF COLORS ALL IN A ROW
LOOK FOR YOUR MARBLES. WHERE DID THEY GO?
Steven and Colleen looked all around the backyard for their marbles, but they weren't easy to find. Marbles were so small and the backyard was so big.
"What if they're not even in the backyard?" Colleen asked her brother.
Suddenly Steven noticed a line of red, blue, orange, and black dots behind the giant oak tree close by. "The marbles!" he shouted.
Colleen thought it would be fun to make up their own marble game called 'Hide the Marbles' so they did.
Steven and Colleen took turns hiding the marbles and giving each other clues to find them.
Then clang clang clang went the marbles into the bucket.
"Where is the next note?" Steven asked.
"I remember seeing a yellow note behind the tree!" Colleen said.
Almost in an instant they were behind the tree lifting up the stone that was holding down the note; very excited to find out where they would be searching next.
IN A ROOM WHERE YOU FIND FLOUR
YOU WILL FIND A MAGNA TILE TOWER!
"A room where you find flour. F-L-O-U-R" Colleen spelled for her brother. "Not F-L-O-W-E-R."
"I figured that," said Steven.
"The kitchen!" they both exclaimed at once.
They ran across the yard holding the bucket together, made their way up the stairs to the kitchen, and saw standing on the floor a tall tower of magna tiles.
"Way to go Mom!" Colleen yelled.
"Nice tower Mom!" Steven called.
"Thank You!" Mom called from her office.
Steven and Colleen put the animals and marbles inside the tower and pretended it was a 'Zoo Tower' and the marbles were the animals' food.
After the animals had their lunch, Steven and Colleen knocked down their zoo tower and put all the toys in the bucket.
There was a lot of crashing and clanging!
The next note was stuck to the floor near where they were sitting.
"I bet this note will rhyme too. I like rhyming words." Steven said.
"Me too," said Colleen. "What does it say?"
THERE'S PLAYDOUGH NEAR A FUNNY BOOK.
HURRY OVER AND TAKE A LOOK!
"A funny book...what funny book? There are plenty of books on the bookshelf in my room." Steven said. "There are lots of books in my room too." Colleen said.
When they got to their rooms, there were books, but no playdough.
They went back downstairs not knowing where to look next, but there, propped up on the dining room table, was a book with lots of different colored playdough and playdough toys beside it.
"We rushed up to our rooms so quickly, we didn't even see the book was here in the dining room!" Steven said.
"It's an Elephant and Piggie book! This was my favorite book in preschool!" Colleen cried excitedly.
Steven said, "Those Elephant and Piggie books always made me laugh."
Steven and Colleen decided to make their own Elephant and Piggie out of playdough and laughed at each other's funny creations.
As soon as they placed their playdough animals in the bucket, Colleen said to Steven, "You know what? I like taking turns reading."
"Me too, and I like carrying the toy bucket together, especially since it's getting heavier!" Steven said. "OK, on to the next adventure!" Colleen announced, and read the next note which was stuck to the back of the Elephant and Piggie book.
WALK UP THE STAIRS AS HIGH AS YOU CAN GO.
YOU'LL SEE A DINOSAUR AND BEAR PUTTING ON A SHOW!
Steven and Colleen finally reached the loft, which was the highest room they could climb to in the house.
Although they were a bit out of breath after carrying the bucket full of toys, it was worth the climb to see Steven's dinosaur and Colleen's stuffed bear ready to put on a show.
Mom came up to the loft and surprised Steven and Colleen by turning on music from her cell phone that was perfect for a dinosaur and bear dance performance!
After the animals danced, so did Steven, Colleen, and even Mom, so it became one big dance party! Then the dinosaur and bear joined the rest of the friends in the bucket and Steven peeled a note off the wall that read:
ATTENTION PASSENGERS, WE'RE READY TO FLY!
GO OUTSIDE AND YOU'LL SEE WHY!
Mom, Steven, and Colleen went downstairs feeling very excited.
Steven and Colleen opened the front door and found Steven's big toy airplane on the porch.
Mom peered inside the bucket.
"Hmm.... who can be the passengers?" she asked.
"The little toy animals!" Colleen exclaimed, "...and I think Elephant and Piggie would make a great pilot and co-pilot! The dinosaur and bear will work at the airport and make sure everything runs smoothly."
"I'm going to use the magna tiles to build the runway and the marbles will light the path for the planes at night." Steven said.
Then Mom said, "Well, collecting toys in the bucket everywhere you played helped clean up and gave you great ideas for play tomorrow."
"Thanks for the most fun toy hunt ever, Mom!" Steven said.
Both he and Colleen gave Mom a giant hug.
"I'm glad you had so much fun. Now, how about a hunt to find your lunch?" she asked.
"Only kidding!" Mom said.
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