The kids love this game. We've spent many of hours in the car playing this game. Many hours. Sometimes they do very original animals, other times we hear their favorite animals over and over again. (It's very difficult to not guess cheetah when Monkey has said a yellow animal with spots when his favorite animal is a cheetah.) Sometimes it's not as easy to guess. Especially when animals change halfway through.
Sunshine: I'm an animal that is gray.
Monkey and I begin guessing, they had been on a water animal trend so we started there: "Fish, shark, monkey (not a water animal but it IS brown)"
Sunshine: "Monkey, I said brown, sharks are gray"
She gives us another clue.
Sunshine: "They live in the water. Well they sometimes live water. Wait, they actually don't live in the water at all."
Very confused so we do more random guess: "Bear, monkey (you have to sometimes repeat things)."
Sunshine: "Puppies! Puppies don't live in the water."
Monkey: "NO! Not puppies, PUPS. You know those animals that are called pups."
I've realized what it is and wait a second to see if they figure it out. They don't. Or Sunshine is too stubborn to admit it.
Me: "Do you mean seals or sea lions?"
Sunshine: "No, he said pups!"
Me: "Baby sea lions and seals are called pups." (Thank you PBS for this argument.)
Sunshine: "But that doesn't make sense! Puppies are baby dogs!"
Me: "Ok, well baby seals are also called pups. Good job both of you. It's my turn."
I choose my animal. It was a bison. Sunshine guessed it not by name but "that animal with the beard". Close enough.
Then came Monkey's turn. Monkey's are always... interesting.
Monkey: "I am an amimal that's red and orange."
Me and Sunshine: "Bird, fish, frog."
Monkey: "No., and I live in the water."
Sunshine: "Fish (remember what I said about repeating), octopus."
Monkey: "I'm kind of big, but not super, super big, and I'm red and orange."
Sunshine: "Are you a shark?"
Monkey: "They're not red and orange!" He says this with a 'duh' sound in his voice.
Sunshine: "Maybe some are."
There is a long pause and I know...
Monkey: "Yes. It's a shark."
Sunshine: "Monkey! You said it wasn't a shark!"
Monkey: "OOOHHH!!! I didn't know you meant an orange and red shark!"
And this is how he manages to make his turns last 3 times longer than everyone else's. I sometimes don't think he always knows what he's going to say until something sounds good.