Although my four boys cannot get enough of Skylanders: your electronic figures that are sweeping the nation, if I hear another Skylander slinging fire arrows, shooting beams or digging into the ground, in this lifetime, it will be too soon.
Today offered me a ray of hope. My "Portal Masters"(goodness, that sounds geeky)and their cousin decided to play Skylanders, except this time it was their made up game called "Hide the Skylanders." The boys hid Cruncher, Sunburn, Flame-Slinger, Lightening Rod, and a plethora of other Skylanders, throughout the house (microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, closet and so on). Then, they searched for their prized possessions as the hider sprinkled hints along the way. What a peaceful old-fashioned game it was, and they played it all afternoon. I recommend it to all of your consumers.
After my joyful revelation that the boys were tired of being plugged into video games, two thoughts came to mind. First, my children's grandparents depended upon simple games like Hide and Find, Hide and Seek, Kick the Can and Tag for hours of entertainment and somehow they survived. Secondly, there is a God and I must thank Him.