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Liars Club

Posted by Elisa Taub
Liars Club

"What happened at school today?" you innocently ask your kids. "Nothing."

Sound familiar? Then ask your kids to join the Liar's Club and you'll never hear "Nothing" again. It's not only a good game for waiting in restaurants, but it's been a great intergenerational conversation starter for family dinners. I have also found it to be a peacekeeper for carpool rides, as well as an icebreaker for after school playdates. I plop down a snack and then start the game at the table. Fun at slumber parties as well when you are trying to get the kids to wind down before bed (do they actually sleep at slumber parties?)

Here's how you play the game: Each person takes turns completing the sentence, "Today at school...." with one fact and two more made-up stories. Then the other people at the table vote for the story they think is true. If the guesser gets it right, they get a point. If they get it wrong, the storyteller gets a point. If the storyteller fools everyone, they get an extra bonus point.

I put the points in to get them interested in starting the game, but after a couple of rounds, my kids no longer care about the points because they're having so much fun trying to fool people with their stories.

A typical round goes something like this:

Gina got up in front of the whole class today and told a joke about zebras. Mrs. Goldman assigned us a report on sea animals and said we are going on a field trip to the aquarium. They had pudding instead of Jello for dessert at hot lunch today.

It seems as if any of those could be true, but actually the true story was that Gina did get up and tell a joke in class today. Obviously the younger the child playing, the less elaborate the "facts", but it plays just as well.

Other variations of the game include finishing any of these sentences: "Something you might not know about me is..." or "Something you might not know about my teacher is..." or "My perfect day would be..." or, for those kids who get anxious before bedtime (you know who you are,) "My worst dream ever was..." or "What I'm most worried about is..."

It's not only fun for the kids, but an excellent fact-finding mission for moms and dads who would never want to be accused of prying!