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Games to Build Imaginations
Imagine that you are someplace else, and give clues to your imaginary whereabouts: “I’m on a planet that is red, and has that has ice on its surface. It’s cold here, and there are two moons in the sky. Where am I?” Mars, of course!
Pretend that you are designing a new set of crayons for a certain group of enthusiasts. Maybe dog lovers would like “Irish Setter Red”, or gardeners would like “Zucchini green.”
Pick a letter, then start a sentence with that letter. The next person must start a sentence with the next letter of the alphabet. This continues until the first letter is reached again.
Come up with new sayings for fortune cookies.
Dream up interesting books, then give them even more interesting titles. For example, what would you call a dictionary of words to say when you’re mad? A book of things to do for bored cows? A travel guide for butterflies? A book of names for pet pterodactyls?
Play Hide-and-Go-Seek in your imaginations. Pick a location that you all know well, such as ‘the basement at home’ or ‘Grandma’s garden.’ On person should then imagine hiding somewhere in that location, in or around something that’s always there.
Games to Build Academic Skills
Indulge in a bit of “What if” history. Discuss what might have happened if Alexander the Great had lived to be 85, or if electricity had been harnessed by the Aztecs.
Have a spelling bee, but spell simple words backwards.
Make a word chain. Pick a topic, such as “breeds of dog” or “philosophers” or “foods Uncle Henry won’t eat.” One person starts with a member of the list, and the next person has to use the last letter of that word to start the next word. For instance, if the first player says, “Irish Setter” for a breed of dog, the next player might say, “Redbone Coonhound.” The third player might rise to the challenge with, “Dalmatian,” and so on.
Games to Build Logical Abilities
Play Teapot. One player picks a verb (action word), and the other players ask questions about the verb, replacing it with the word “teapot.” For instance, if the word is “sing”, then the question, “Do giraffes teapot?” would be answered, “No.” Players keep asking questions until they guess the verb.
Play ‘Fortunately / Unfortunately.’ Start with a bad situation, i.e., “Unfortunately, a dragon is under my bed.” The next person then adds a happier circumstance: “Fortunately, he’s asleep.” The next person adds a less-than-positive detail: “Unfortunately, he’s snoring fire into my slippers!” Back to the up side: “Fortunately, my slippers are fireproof!” etc.
Decide on a highest and lowest number, then have one person choose (and maybe write down) a number of their choice that is within the chosen limits. Players then try to guess the number. The chooser then says whether the number is higher or lower. For instance, if the number is 12, and the parameters are any whole number between 1 and 25, the player may say, “15”, the chooser says, “Lower.” The player then says “10.” The chooser says, “Higher.” The player tries 12, the chooser then says, “Right!”