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    Act It Out
    Act It Out Activity for a group Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: Index cards Magazine pictures of characters and animals that are easy to mime White craft glue A hat or other container Kitchen timer This simpli...
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    Two Truths and a Fib
    Two Truths and a Fib Required: Your time only Two rights might not make a wrong, but two truths and a fib can make for a lot of fun! With this group activity, each player takes turns offering up descriptions of two events that actually happened ...
  • How to Play Charades
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    How to Play Charades
    Directions Choose a player to start the game. The player thinks of a book title, a famous person's name, a saying, a movie title or a song title to pantomime. He should choose something with which the others will be familiar. If you like, design...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Stealthy Thieves
    Stealthy Thieves Required: Keys or other common household objects How slippery are your kids? Here's a fun game to test their ability to be exceptionally quiet! In this game, one person sits in a chair with a key chain full of keys or another cl...
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    FamilyEducation.com Launches Expanded Web Site With New Look, Easier Navigation
    FamilyEducation.com Launches Expanded Web Site With New Look, Easier Navigation New Food Channel on Parenting Web Site Offers Hundreds of Family-Friendly Recipes Boston, MA May 16, 2007 -- FamilyEducation ( FamilyEducation.com), a leading resourc...
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    FamilyEducation.com Launches Expanded Web Site With New Look, Easier Navigation
    FamilyEducation.com Launches Expanded Web Site With New Look, Easier Navigation New Food Channel on Parenting Web Site Offers Hundreds of Family-Friendly Recipes Boston, MA May 16, 2007 -- FamilyEducation ( FamilyEducation.com), a leading resourc...
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    Pick-Up Sticks
    Pick-Up SticksMaterials 30 wooden skewers Colored paint or felt pens black, red, blue, green, and yellow Directions To make your set of pick-up sticks, paint the ends of the skewers with the following colors: one black, three red, five blue, nine...
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    Family Games: Charades
    Family Games: Charades Winning Plays Charades is believed to have originated in France in the eighteenth century as a riddle game. The goal of the game was to come up with a word or phrase by trying to figure out the riddle. The riddles were giv...
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    Checkers
    Checkers Checkers is one of the first games I ever learned how to play. It is supposed to be lighthearted and fun, but there are some serious players out there who abide quite strictly to the rules of the game. Checkers (or “Draughts” as it ...
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    The Game of Chess
    The Game of Chess The game of Chess today is played by two people and is renowned the world over for complicated maneuvering and strategic planning. You can learn the basics of Chess and have a good time playing it, or you can learn Chess notati...
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    Making Family Time
    The Importance of Rules in Games
    The Importance of Rules in Games It's in the Cards A set of rules is a prescribed guide for conduct, telling you how to proceed with your next course of action.Rules, rules, rules! A game is only as good as its rules, and how well we play the ga...
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    Games Are Everywhere!
    Games Are Everywhere! Thank goodness for “everywhere games.” These games have been handed down through the ages and are great for kids' parties and long car trips. Car games are inspired by the imagination and can be played just about anywhe...
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    Tabletop Games
    Parlor Games
    Parlor Games The very word “parlor” evokes images of lush country manors with tapestry-lined walls, silk-covered duvets, ladies and gentlemen lounging with a good book after supper with warm glowing embers flickering in the hearth. Well, thi...
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    Start Playing Games at a Young Age
    Start Playing Games at a Young Age The trick to avoiding difficulty with teenagers is to start playing games with them when they are little kids. Keep the lines of communication with them open. Talk and listen when they are little, and never sto...
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    Dress-Up Relay
    Dress-Up RelayMaterials Two suitcases or boxes Dress-up clothes (hats, scarves, jackets, skirts, pants, boots, and so on) Directions Fill two suitcases or boxes with equal amounts of clothing. The clothes must be big enough to fit all the players...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    What Should We Play?
    What Should We Play? No matter what game you play, some kids are just not going to get into it. The trick is to start them young and keep the games alive. Try setting up tournaments and championships. Once you get them hooked, they'll come back ...
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    Finding Time for Family Fun
    Finding Time for Family Fun Finding the time is always hard to do now that families spend so many hours at work or involved with some kind of extracurricular activity. Anyone with a teenager and a phone bill knows that kids that age want to hang...
  • Learning Floor Mats
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    Learning Mats
    Learning MatsDirections Find or buy a carpet remnant at least four feet by six feet. Use stencils to paint numbers, time tables, letters, foreign words, or other designs, depending on what your child is learning at the time. Make a hop-scotch pa...