Bossy or a pushover? It seems like kids fall into one camp or the other. One of the most important skills of childhood is learning to express thoughts and feelings openly and appropriately. Enter the Music Critic’s Club! Kids will just think they are having fun, but they are also learning a great skill: to have an opinion and to accept other’s opinions. Put together … Continue reading Music Critic’s Club
My husband is masterful at inventing creative dates. Before we were married, he once told me to be dressed all in black when he picked me up. We went to his apartment, made cookies, donned black knit caps, and went out on “capers” as he called them. In the cover of the dark night, we found our professor’s houses. We rang the doorbell, left cookies, … Continue reading Spy Cookie Capers
I love Playdough Pictionary! Use regular Pictionary cards or simply write 5 words on scrap paper. Divide family into teams. Pick a card, show to one person on the other side, then try to sculpt out your word for your team to guess before the other team. (If you write your own words, the word-maker may need to sit out). Have fun! Continue reading Playdough Pictionary
Whole Family/Under 10 minutes/ How we love to play Sardines! Grab flashlights for the weak-hearted, turn off the lights, and have a great time before bed with this reverse game of hide and seek. We had a great time playing tonight, except for our spoiler kitties. They kept stalking the hiders and alerting everyone to where they were! One person hides, while others count to … Continue reading Sardines
10 minutes/Elementary and up/ This is a family favorite! Pass papers around and watch as a twisted story unfolds. Hand out paper and pens Write down the following parts of the story, folding the paper over the previous line, so that no one sees what has already been written. Pass to the next person. A girl’s name (any female, real or fictional, known by everyone … Continue reading Girls Name/Boys Name
Whole Family/5 Minutes/ Don’t smile or don’t blink…it’s your choice. Go for a whole-family round robin tournament and see who has the most willpower. Continue reading Staring Contest
5 minutes Elementary and up Paper and pens This easy activity always brings giggles, especially right before bed when everything is silly. Cut small papers that cut be seen through Sit in a circle On one side, each person writes any WHY question. (Why is the sky blue? Why do Dad’s feet smell? Why do they say “Eh” in Canada?) They turn over their paper … Continue reading Why? Because!