On the other hand, it does promote a couple of useful skills like counting, turn taking, and (arguably) dealing with set-backs when that stupid bird steals your fruit!
I brainstormed a Hi-Ho replacement that incorporates these skills and even adds some pincer-grip practice. I'm dubbing it (oh-so-creatively) "Hi-Ho Pom-Pom-O!"
- Pom-Poms, at least 10 in each player's chosen color
- A large bowl plus a smaller cup or bowl for each player
- (Optional) Child-sized tweezers (Mine look like these)
- The spinner from your Hi-Ho Cherry-O game, or a die works too!
Each player spins the spinner and uses the tweezers to pick that many pom-poms in his or her color out and place them in his or her container. First one to transfer all the pom-poms wins!
For younger or more easily frustrated players, feel free to either re-spin when hitting the bird, dog, or spilled bucket. I actually just modify the consequences a little so you never have to put back more than 2 pom-poms.
After you're done, the kids can use the tweezers to sort the whole bag of pom-poms by color, possibly into an old candy box or chips-and-dip bowl. Or they can throw them at each-other, blow them out of marshmallow guns, or check out one of these Pom-Pom Party games!