Patriotic Birthday Blast

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Yesterday, was my Patriotically themed birthday party. We played the game True American and were challenged with dressing up as ‘Murican as possible.
I ran to Goodwill and found the above shirt. My mom found tons of red, white and blue star spangled beads for guests to wear.
I also had a headband with ribbons and lengths of nylon that looked like red, white and blue dreadlocks. And, it flashed the ‘Murican colors through the dreadlocks.
My brother went all out on costume. He wore American flag  karate pants, as seen on Napoleon Dynamite. It was super fly.

I don’t have any photos, of course, because my phone died not long after I got home. It was great fun! In addition to the drinking game, there was tons of food. We had potato soup, veggies, crackers, sweets, spinach artichoke dip. We ate like kings. Or shall I say, presidents.

I got to blow out a candle inside the longest cave in the world when my husband led a tour group in singing ‘Happy Birthday’. Another good birthday to add to the list of awesome.

Sorry I haven’t been posting recently as up to my birthday I have been battling a stomach virus.

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Make a Story! Game Instructions

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In my Christmas Adventivities blog for kids I had a link to some printables and promised I would get instructions to the game soon. I’m sure there are similar games out there. In fact I have heard of this storytelling game in the form of dice blocks instead of cards.

Name: Make a Story!
Time: 5 minutes
Location: Anywhere not too noisy
Group size: 2 to 8
Equipment: Printed pictures prepped.

Preparation: Print off desired pictures and cut them out so each item is individually represented on a card. Shuffle and pile up cards facedown for game play. Giving the cards cardboard backing or laminating them will help to keep for many games.

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Introduction: Explain to players that they will able to make up a story. Whomever is ‘it’ is the storyteller for that round. The story can be about anything you want, but there is a catch, the storyteller must draw three cards from the pile. Those three items s/he draws must be somewhere in the story being told.

Play:
Pick a child to be the storyteller, draw three cards and tell a story. Once the story is finished, play continues with the next child picking three cards and telling a story.

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Tips and extensions:

Shy children may need coaxing or assistance in telling a story, while more outgoing children may need the leader to remind them they have a time limit. This could be as simple as saying, “what is the reindeer’s favorite food in this story?” Or “How will your story end?”

Show instead of tell. Younger children may need the leader/teacher to tell a story first so they understand how to play.

For the Christmas-time theme, I chose cards related to Christmas. This game could be played with any holiday or theme that compliments what your child is learning.

Instead of pictures they could be a list of spelling words your child has that week. Scraps of paper and a pen are easy to create a game while waiting on dinner to arrive.
This will also help children understand usage of their spelling words in addition to raw memorization.

This game would also compliment learning if the children were working on a writing section in school. Knowing the parts of a story would help in writing parts of a paper. After a story is told, ask the rest of the participants to find the beginning, middle and end

Take Aways from the game:
-Encourages creativity
-Enhances story telling and communication abilities
-Reinforces words/pictures
-Reinforces idea of taking turns

As always, please share suggestions or awesome anecdotes if you play with this game with your class or family!

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Once upon a time…..