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Greenopoly: wanna play?

Yesterday's The Oregonian's Home and Garden section had an eye-catching cover featuring the word "Greenopoly" and a striking resemblance to the Monopoly board game. Whatever it was, my kids wanted to play immediately. So Cheap-o-Dad and I made up the game on the fly. We started asking multiple choice questions about green living. Here's a few examples:

Q: You've outgrown all of your 5-year-old clothes. What do you do with them?

  1. Put them in the compost pile
  2. Throw them away
  3. Take them to Hoot-n-Annie so some other kids can wear them

Q: You're brushing your teeth. What do you do?

  1. Turn the water on full blast and let it run down the drain while you are brushing
  2. Fill up a drinking cup and turn the water off and rinse with the water from the cup
  3. Dip your toothbrush in the potty to rinse it (ewwwww!!!!)

Q: You're invited to a birthday party. What do you bring the birthday boy?

  1. A bucket of fresh compost
  2. A brand-new, loud, battery-sucking singing plastic Elmo toy
  3. Some books and toys that have already been played with and read

You get the idea. We all had a blast. We laughed and asked questions and played until bedtime. Try it with your kids. The sillier the better.

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