Category Archives: Once Upon a Game

Crafty Tuesdays – Bunny Game

Bunny Game from pop bottles

With Easter fast approaching,  the Internet  is full of inspiring crafts. Since this week is March break (a.k.a. spring break ), and I have a house full of children, I’ve decided to come up with something crafty and Easter related. And thus was this bunny game born ☺ Here’s how we created our bunnies: Gather big plastic pop bottles. Rinse them to… Read more »

Once Upon a Game – “Burned”

Once Upon a Game - Burned

Today I bring you another one of the games I used to play as a child. I taught it to my daughters at the beginning of last Summer, and they absolutely loved it! Well, the fact that mommy was jumping around with them and making them giggle, might also have something to do with why they liked it so much… Read more »

Once Upon a Game – “Bottle Cap”

One of my most fond childhood memories is of playing on the beach with my brother. Summers of my childhood were spent in a rented house at one of the wonderful Portuguese northern beaches. My parents always rented a house for a month, from local fishermen, and usually this would mean we were within walking distance to the beach. Of… Read more »

Once Upon a Game – “Stonemason and Carpenter”

Today’s game is one that I often played in my childhood. As I planned this post I fondly recalled a sunny afternoon, sitting in our front yard with a neighbour girl and moving the pieces one by one 🙂 The traditional name of this game is “Pedreiro e Carpinteiro” that translates into “Stonemason and Carpenter”. I believe the game owes… Read more »

Once Upon a Game – “Chameleon”

Today I bring you one of my favorite games. You might find there are  some similarities with games played in your own corner of the world, but I thought you’d appreciate another perspective 🙂 Today’s game is called Chameleon (in Portuguese, Camaleao). Its name comes from the outstanding ability this particular reptile has to change its appearance in order to… Read more »

Once Upon a Game – “Stretch”

When reflecting upon my childhood experiences as a Portuguese young girl, I often remember  games we played during school recess. It is with great longing that I relive the laughter, happiness and yes, DRAMA, of those fun games. There were no such things as video games, game cards or other fancy toys. Most children’s families could barely afford food and… Read more »