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Family Book of Records

Label a binder with categories like "Athletics," "Family Games," and "Food," and keep family records in it – just like the Guinness Book of World Records!
By: Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Family Book of Records

This idea is adapted from 365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do with Your Child by Steve and Ruth Bennett.


  • Page dividers
  • Three-ring binder
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Markers or crayons


  1. Label the dividers with categories like "Academic Achievements," "Athletics," "Family Games," "Food," "Random Acts of Kindness," and so on.
  2. Place the dividers and a supply of paper into the binder.
  3. Now you're ready to record your family's day-to-day records. For example, what's the longest Monopoly game you've ever played? Who read the most books last month? Who has eaten the most lima beans in one sitting? Who did something unusually kind for someone else?
  4. For younger family members, record how many blocks they can stack, how many times they can jump on one foot, and so on.
  5. For each record, be sure to describe the feat, the record, the record holder, and the date.
  6. If you have more than one child and don't want your kids competing against each other, keep a separate book of records for each child and encourage your kids to beat their own records, not those of others.
  7. And to ensure that everyone has her moment of glory, let each record stand for at least twentyfour hours before it can be challenged.

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