Gus is hard at work here creating his own Chutes & Ladders game. He had such a good time coming up with stories for the tops of chutes and bottoms of ladders; most of them involved things like "having to give all the money from your piggybank" "breaking a window" "eating all the treats" and "getting an ice cream sandwich." Also, he absolutely loved making the last row an almost impossible mission with three different ways to get sent back to the first row. He also came up with a ladder that lands on the same space as a chute so while you thought you were jumping ahead you actually end up way behind. It was really fun to watch him work on it; he spent quite a bit of time perfecting it too.
I have to warn the parents out there though that while I was really psyched to see him get into making the game and it was really fun to have him show me the board, the game is just as boring to play as the original. I mean, Gus enjoys it, but I find it mind-deadening. Still I highly recommend this idea for the next time your kid is looking for something to do.