Day 230: Laser Games

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I have had this game on my pinterest board for over a year. Have you ever seen those spy movies where the highly trained spies do extremely acrobatic maneuvers to dodge high intensity lasers?
If not, go watch Get Smart (Steve Carell & Anne Hathaway).
Back, yet? The rat was funny, right?

This game is dead simple to set up. Grab some yarn, ribbon or crepe paper ($1 for two rolls) and some tape. Find a room or hallway to set up that you can commit to solely gameplay for 30-60 minutes.

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The only thing to keep in mind is the skills and abilities of your group. We made out obstacle course much higher that you might for children because ours was made for adults.

I suggest shoulder height to ankle height, but don’t stress about the details. Just have fun setting it up.

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With tools as cheap as crepe paper and tape you can always afford to tape a laser back up if someone trips. We have very few mishaps because no one even wanted to get “burned” by the lasers, much less pull them down.

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Even the cat wanted in on the fun. She made the game look too easy. Once everyone had a couple of runs through the course (including a time trial), we stepped up the difficulty by adding more lasers.

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It was determined that loose fitting clothing was more likely to get your ‘laser’d’. My brother jacked up his pants so high that we were all in tears laughing.

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One final thing to keep in mind…

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If you want to play this will little kids, then make sure they don’t do this. My brothers are crazy. If you want to follow suit then please proceed with caution.

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This was by far the most popular game that we played on Thanksgiving.
We played this game for nearly TWO HOURS!!! 

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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…..

Day 170: The Exquisite Corpse

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This is just one of our crazy creations. I have heard this game called a couple different names but the original (near as I can tell) is the Exquisite Corpse.

Famous artists through history that hob-knob together have played this game.

Three artists have one piece of paper. Less communication during the making lends to even more fascinating artwork.

First artist draws the head and neck then folds the paper so only the lines leading from the neck can be seen.
These neck guiding lines are used by the next artist to draw the torso of the creature.
Guiding lines from the torso and another fold down are left for the third artist who must render the lower half of the creature.

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After the three sections are drawn, artists can unfold and view their monster corpse.

We got some awesome creations…

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This guy even had two torsos.

Ridiculously simple and we drew tons of creatures by randomly passing them around the room until each were finished.