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Touch The Fence

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Basically, I invented this game so I could "play" with the kids while not moving from the porch on a hot summer day.

The idea of the game is for the kids to follow your directions in the exact order you have given them. The first direction is always "Touch the Fence" hence the name of the game. After one player completes the task, the next player is given the same task(s) plus one more. You continue adding one more task on each turn. 

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Liars Club

Posted by Elisa Taub
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"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?) 

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Card Sharks

Posted by Elisa Taub
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My family has always been big on card games. In fact, one of my fondest childhood memories is the hours I spent playing cards with my grandmothers. I also remember my parents sitting in bed playing Gin Rummy. They too were always up for a quick game. And if I didn't have anyone to play cards with?... That's right. Solitaire, in all its different forms. 

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Museum Games

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Visiting an art museum with your child can be a less than relaxing activity. Use your indoor voice. Don't step over the line. Don't touch the paintings. No running. You know how it goes. But I've found a trick that has my kids not only begging to go to museums but also keeps them behaving like well behaved little art patrons. I call it "Museum Madness." It consists of a series of games I've made up to play while visiting art museums with my kids. 

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Hide And Seek Rice

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Hide and Seek is one game that kids never get tired of playing... but sometimes you do! The next time you feel like calling Olly-Olly-Oxen-Free after cramming your body behind the bathroom hamper, try this low-tech handheld version instead. 

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Backyard Pick Me Up

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Remember playing pick-up sticks as a kid? Laying down, face to the floor, checking every angle to find the best stick to pick? Well take this oldie-but-goodie and bring it to the great outdoors with our make-it-yourself Giant Pick Up Sticks Game. 

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Beach Golf Bowl

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Here's a little game that's sure to keep the kids occupied during trips to the beach. It's called Golf Bowl and as its name implies, it's a little golf and a little bowling all rolled into one. All you need to play are 3 tennis balls, a sand shovel and a little muscle. 

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Mancala

Posted by Elisa Taub
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The game of Mancala has been played for thousands of years throughout Africa and the Middle East. It was originally played with pebbles and lines drawn in the dirt by children, but as the popularity of the game has increased worldwide, playing boards have been made out of a variety of materials such as wood and plastic. 

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Word Of The Week

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Kind of like Liar's Club, this game is about figuring out which definition of a given word is true. This is a great game to get the whole family involved.

Choose an unfamiliar word out of the dictionary. Assign one child to look up the definition of the word. After they learn the definition and the spelling of that word (tricky aren't we), they must make up two other (reasonable) definitions for the same word. They then present all three definitions to the rest of the family (or any group of players) and the group must try to guess which is the real definition. 

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Unlock It Up

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Kids love a treasure hunt, but hide the treasure in a box secured by a lock, and you've got them hooked.

You can play with just one child, but I like to share this game at sleepovers or during playdates and have the kids work together to find the numbers needed to open the locks. This game is especially good during the winter months when your kids are often forced, by inclement weather, to stay inside. 

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