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Ghost Game

When you and the family are stuck in a traffic jam, have some fun in the car with this word game.

Since you're holding the printable, you get to start. But that means you need to read the directions, too!

This game is a little hard to explain but easy to play. Think of any word that's not a name—but don't tell anyone what it is. Then say the first letter out loud. The next family member adds a letter—and must be thinking of a real word that has that first and that second letter. The third person adds a letter, and makes sure the three letters do not spell a real word all on their own. They still have to be part of a longer real word. As the letters add up, it gets harder and harder to avoid spelling out a word when you add a letter!

The first person who is forced to spell out a word (or who does so accidentally) gets the letter "G." If a person is stuck and cannot think of a letter to add without spelling a word, that person may be tempted to "fake it" and say any letter that doesn't make a word. You can challenge that trickster—if he or she isn't thinking of a real word, then he or she gets a "G" also.

Once a word ends, the next person in line begins with a new word, and the game goes on. The first person to lose five times and spell out "GHOST" loses.