Hide the Bee

With the kids out of school this week and winter break in full swing you may be surprised as to what we have been playing.

Under our Christmas tree was many boxes filled with games and toys and though they have been dabbled in we have spent hours upon hours doing something else.

It started a little over a week ago when I was cleaning out our game cupboard and came upon this:

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We have had this bee since my 7 year old daughter, Iris was 2 years old. I don’t remember where it came from….a gumball machine, I guess.

Many toys have come and gone in our household in the last 7 years. Broken, lost or just grown tired of but here sits this 2 inch bee, safe and sound… a true head scratcher and a slight jaw dropper if you ask me.

What is the significance of this silly little plastic bee you may ask?

When Iris was 2 year old I would hide this little bee in different places in the living room while she closed her eyes. She would have to come find it. A hide and seek of sorts with this little bee. This game could go on for hours with her never getting sick of it.

When my next child Bency came along all three of us would play this.

Bency is 5 years old now and we haven’t played “Hide the Bee” in a couple of years. It was replaced with the kids turning their attention to Legos, puzzles and Barbies.

When I found it the other day in the game cupboard, I immediately stopped organizing and introduced my 2 year old, Cesar to the game of “Hide the Bee.”

He was in stitches finding the bee sitting in a dish on the shelf and then later resting on a pillow on the couch. Cesar’s eye closing skills were not good…he kept peeking. When he found the bee really quick after it had been placed among a pile of toys I knew he was cheating and he got banished to another room completely to wait while I hid the bee from then on.

Cesar cheats!

Cesar cheats!

When the older kids came home from school that day they were astonished we were playing “Hide the Bee” and immediately wanted to join in. They remembered it well and said it was always one of their favorite games.

And since that day, the four of us have played hours upon hours of this simple little game.

Of course you don’t need a “bee” to play this game but I’m glad we never lost it. It’s a sweet reminder of the simplicity of childhood.

It’s a good thing we never played the game of “Find Mommy’s Sanity” because that was lost years ago and I’m sure will never be seen again.