Owl's Game
On a Roll

Children love to play tag and they love to climb trees.  I used to do both
at the same time when I was nine years old.  There was an old Maple
that used to hang over the backstop at our 3rd grade baseball field.  It
had so many strong overlapping branches that four or five kids could
be moving around it at the same time with plenty of escape routes to
make the game fun.

These kinds of games are important  for social growth and
development.  Deciding on the rules together as a group is a great
learning experience.  The nice part about rules in a game of tag is that
they can change depending on who is playing.  Kids learn that if no
one can ever tag them the game isn't very fun.

Tree climbing is also about challenging the body and exploring.  I get
nostalgic when I see my own kids and their friends up in a tree.

Owl's Game by Tim Seston

An owl and a monkey and a bear and a snake
Were sitting on a log at the shore of a lake
They were four good friends thinking what they should do
When the owl spread his wings and he questioned whoooo

He said, "Whoooo thinks that he can catch me?"
And the owl flew off to a hole in a tree

Well the bear said, “GRRRR” and he ran to the trunk
And with his great big claws took out a big chunk
The bear started climbing high up to the hole
But the owl flew away before the bear reached his goal

The owl said whoooo do you think you are
Climbing like that won’t get you too far
He said whoooo thinks that he can catch me
And the owl flew up to a branch in the tree

Well the monkey said “Oo Oo Oo Oo Oo Oo Ah Oo”
With my tail and my arms I’m gonna catch you
The monkey swung through the branches high up in the air
But when he reached the right branch the owl wasn’t there

The owl said whoooo do you think you are
Swinging like that won’t get you too far
He said whoooo thinks that he can catch me
And the owl flew up to the top of the tree

The monkey and the bear looked down on the ground
But there friend the snake just couldn’t be found
The snake had started slithering way high up the tree
Hidden in the branches so the owl couldn’t see

But as the leaves got smaller and the limbs became thin
There was not much cover for the owl to hide in
The owl was searching with his big yellow eyes
And when he spotted the snake he flew up to the skies

The owl said whoooo do you think you are
Slithering like that won’t get you too far
He said whoooo thinks that he can catch me
And the owl flew up to a branch in the tree

Well the snake was mad and so was the bear (Sssss, Grrrrr)
The monkey shouted out, “Hey owl your not fair.
All of us are friends but we don’t want to play
Because before we get close you just fly away.”

The monkey said, “OoOoOoOoOoOo do you think you are?
Flying like that won’t get you too far.
We all have special skills because no one’s the same.
But we’ve all had enough and now are done with your game.”

The owl was sorry he had made a mistake.
He flew back down to the log by the lake.
But the wise old owl did not want to quit,
So he said to his friends, “Perhaps I should be it.”

The owl said,  "Whoooo thinks that they can get free?"
And the owl started counting by the log by the tree