How to Play Family Reunion Games

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How to Play Family Reunion Games. You can be the life of the party with these fun family reunion games. Bring these game ideas to your gathering and everyone will want to play.

Instructions

  1. Have each family member write something interesting about themselves on a slip of paper and put it in a bucket. Draw out a slip, read it and have everyone guess who wrote it. An example is “I can put both of my feet behind my head.” They can write anything that distinguishes them.
  2. Play family scavenger hunt by typing a list of traits that each person needs to find. For example, find someone with green eyes, someone that sleeps with a teddy bear or someone that has kids. You can’t use the same person on your list more than once. This game forces people to learn something new about a family member.
  3. Lead a game of family trivia. Have older relatives help with the details for this game. Ask what year grandma and grandpa got married or how many children great grandma and great grandpa had. You can play this game in teams or just have everyone call out the answers.
  4. Give small prizes that match the category for the winners of the trivia game. Ask who traveled the furthest to the family reunion, who has been wed the longest, who has the newest baby and who has the most kids. Matching prizes could be a toy car, a plastic wedding ring, a pacifier and Aspirin.
  5. Share family stories with a game of “Heirloom Show and Tell.” Ask everyone to bring a family heirloom. Have everyone tell the story that goes with the special heirloom. This game is a great way to remember the past.
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Games for Practicing Typing for Kids in the Sixth Grade

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Typing games are a great way to learn or improve typing skills. Child psychologist Roberta Michnick Golinkoff says these games are highly effective learning tools for children. Typing games also allow competition among friends, which provides a strong incentive to improve typing skills. Sixth-graders relish opportunities to learn in a playful way, and their need to competently use technology means that it is important for them to learn typing skills.

Type Racer

  • Type Racer is a simple game that can be played in just a few minutes. Players are given a paragraph of text to type, and every time they type a letter a race car moves forward. This game can be played alone or with other anonymous solo players. Kids also can challenge friends to race against them. The game places no limit on how many people can play, which makes it a great game for an entire classroom of sixth-graders.

Typing Maniac

  • This Facebook-based game allows kids to use Facebook in an educational way. It features falling words which players must type before the words hit the bottom of the screen. At each level words move faster toward the bottom. Players can also use power-ups to slow down the words, get rid of all words currently on the screen or reset their missed number of words. Note that a Facebook account is needed to play this game.

Desert Typing Racer

  • Modeled after arcade-style racing games, this three-dimensional game allows kids to race other players through the desert. The faster and more accurately players type the words that appear on the screen, the faster their cars go. Players can race friends stationed at different computers or play by themselves. At the end of each race, a player will progress to the next level, where they will have to type faster and more accurately in order to win.

Online Chat

  • Though teachers may not think of chatting online as a game, kids enjoy it. Creating games around online chat can be a great way to channel children’s social relationships into improved typing skills. Encourage students to set up online chat accounts. Allow students to chat with one another and then give them paragraphs to type in the middle of chatting. The student who types the paragraphs fastest and most accurately should get a prize. This game also teaches students listening and concentration skills because it requires them to suddenly stop chatting with their friends and fulfill a typing assignment.
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How to Make a Board Game for Children

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Board games are a fun indoor activity for kids to enjoy, but more than just playing them, you can actually create a children’s board game of your very own. The components are easy to put together, and you can either draw your own card and board, or design them on a computer and print them out. Soliciting your children’s advice gets them involved as well, and a family project to make your own game can be as much fun as playing it afterward.

Instructions

  1. Come up with a concept for your game. It can be based on your children’s favorite book, superheroes, family events or whatever tickles your fancy. The best basis for a children’s game is a board consisting of multiple squares leading to some final destination, or which the players travel around while gathering a enough points to win. Decide what the victory conditions are, how many spaces the board should have and any other kind of rules you require.
  2. Add obstacles or rewards on your board to give the game some spice. An obstacle is a spot on the board which constitutes an unexpected development–a setback on the path (“go two spaces backward”) or the drawing of a card that may help or hinder the player. A reward should help the player who lands on it move closer to the victory (“go two spaces forward” or “gain an extra 3 points”). Obstacles and rewards can show up on as many or as few of the game board spaces as you wish.
  3. Determine the turn sequence and the ways in which the players will move around the board. The easiest method is to simply have each player roll a die or pair of dice in turn, though you can also have them draw cards or spin a wheel.
  4. Lay out the particulars of your board. You can do this on a piece of poster board using magic markers or in a computer design program such as InDesign or Quark. Include each of the squares on the path, the starting point, the finish point and any obstacles or special squares. The board can be as simple or elaborate as you like, and you can add photos or images matching the theme of the game in the white space.
  5. If cards are involved, cut a series of index cards in half, and write the text for each card rule out on one side. Add pretty drawings or art if there’s room, but don’t obscure any of the text in the process. Alternately, you can lay the card text out on your computer, then print it out and cut it to size (or simply glue it to the index cards).
  6. Write down the rules of the game so you know what they are, and so there are no disagreements during game play itself.
  7. Find some tokens to use on the board. You can borrow some from a Monopoly game or just use common household objects like pennies or paper clips. The tokens need to be differentiated from each other so the players know where they stand on the board.
  8. Print out any component of the game you’re created on your computer and start playing.
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Typing Practice Exercises

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With the ubiquity of computers in homes and the workplace, typing proficiency has grown into a must-have skill. From novices to advanced typists, practice exercises help grow keyboarding abilities with finger stretches, warm-up drills and games, often with fun or word puzzle challenges. With enough practice, these exercises can improve work or ease recreational computer use.

Nimble Fingers

  • The typing exercises at Nimble Fingers promote dexterity and flexibility in the hands, which allows typists to grow comfortable with hand positions and motions required for higher word-per-minute counts. The exercises consist of stretching fingers in various movement combinations. Other exercises include word puzzles, typing tests and repetition typing practice that includes fun facts.

Tactus Keyboard: Warm-up Exercises

  • A good place to begin is with the home keys, and Tactus Keyboards offers home key warm-ups with graphics that highlight the home keys while illustrating which finger to use. When typists feel comfortable with the home keys, the warm-up exercises move on to other rows of keys, providing a comprehensive keyboard exercise.

Games

  • Games allow typists to learn keyboarding skills with a little more fun than other typing programs. Websites like Free Typing Games feature holiday-themed games as well as twists on classic video games, like Spacebar Invaders. Players win games by typing words swiftly and without error. Games typically offer a variety of difficulty settings to help beginners advance their skills and expert typists to maintain them.

Shelbyville Central Schools

  • The Shelbyville Central School’s collection of typing tests features a pangram tests. Pangrams, or holalphabetic sentences, are sentences that include every letter of the alphabet. This more challenging exercise aids in learning the position of the keys on the keyboard.
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How to Play Fun Games With Kids

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Children love to play games anytime, anywhere, rain or shine. Getting the whole family involved in a fun activity is a great way to spend time together. Choosing an activity that adults and children will both enjoy needn’t be difficult; with a little creativity and imagination, any day can become special.

Amoeba Tag

  • This game offers a creative twist on traditional “tag, you’re it” games. Perfect for outdoor birthday parties and barbecues, it will get a large group of children involved in the same activity. To play, appoint one child to be the “amoeba”. When this child tags a fellow player, they must join hands and not let go of each other as they try to tag other players. Every person that has been tagged is now part of the amoeba. When the amoeba consists of six people, they must split up into two separate amoebas of three players each. The game ends when every player is part of an amoeba grouping.

Build a Poem

  • Instead of throwing out your old magazines, collect them for this creative rainy day activity that the whole family can participate in. Use scissors to cut out interesting words, phrases, and pictures from the magazines. Be sure to collect small words such as “and,” “the,” and “as.” Ask each family member to pick out one of the pictures, and then use the cut out words to write a poem describing the picture. Store the pictures and words in an envelope for later use.

Water Balloon Volleyball

  • An ideal game on a hot, sunny summer’s day, this game requires a volleyball net and at least four people to participate. Split the players up into two teams of at least two people each. Provide each team with a large towel (or sheet) and a basket full of water balloons on their side of the net. Each player should grab a corner of their sheet to keep it taut during play. Place three water balloons in the middle of the sheet, then launch the balloons over the net to the other side, where the other team attempts to catch them, unbroken, in their sheet. The other team then launches the unbroken balloons back over to the starting team. When all of the balloons have been broken, each side should count the amount of broken balloons on their side of the net. The team with the least amount of balloons wins.

Make your own Constellation

  • Provide each participant with a piece of blue construction paper and a sheet of star stickers. Invite each person to randomly position the stars on their piece of paper, and then trade papers with one another. Using markers or paint, connect the lines between the stars to form a picture that will form their newly discovered constellation. What each player sees in their constellation is completely up to them. It could be something natural, like a flower or an animal; it can be something silly, such as a taco or a two-headed dragon. Once their picture is complete, have the group come up with a funny story of how that particular constellation came to be immortalized in the night sky.
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How to Make a Platform Game in Game Maker

This will require a little bit of experience with Game Maker. Don’t do this for your first game.

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Make a simple block sprite for your wall. Also make a sprite for your player. For the wall call it spr_wall and the player spr_player

Make an object called obj_wall and check the solid box.

Make sure you select the wall sprite.

Make an object and call it obj_player.

Make sure you select your player sprite.

For obj_player: go to add event and click Step then Step again. Then go to the control tab, and drag and drop the ‘execute code’ action.

Now in the code box put in
// simple Platforming code!
// if place_free(x,y+1) { gravity = 0.7 gravity_direction = 270 } else { gravity=0 gravity_direction = 270 } //the arrow keys<,>,^ if place_free(x-4,y)and keyboard_check(vk_left){x-=4} if place_free(x+4,y)and keyboard_check(vk_right){x+=4} if !place_free(x,y+1) and keyboard_check(vk_up){vspeed=-10}

Just copy and paste.

For obj_player: Go to add event, then Collision, then with obj_wall.

Put in this code (go to the control tab and drag and drop ‘execute code’:move_contact_solid(direction,12); vspeed=0;

Make a room, call it room_1, make a level design by clicking with the selected object and save the room (click the tick at the top.)

Run the game!

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How to Play the Cranium Family Fun Game

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Game night is a great way to spend time together as a family. Cranium is a popular board game for four or more players that many families choose for their family fun night. The concept focuses on trivia questions, and each player has a chance to showcase his own area of expertise. The object is to be the first team to make it around the board and enter the Cranium Central. The spaces on the board are colored, and the color you land on depicts the character card box your team will draw from.

Instructions

  1. Divide players into at least two teams. Instruct each team to choose its game piece and place it on the Planet Cranium starting space.
  2. Provide each team with paper and a pencil. Place the four card character boxes out on the board (Creative Cat, Star Performer, Word Worm, Date Head). Place the timer, the die and the Cranium Clay container on the table.
  3. The first team must choose its character box and draw a card. Follow instructions on the card. The player whose birthday is closest is the first player to go on the team.
  4. Roll the die and move the appropriate number of spaces only if your team has completed the character card activity successfully; otherwise, pass the play to the team on the left. Stop on any Planet Cranium spaces you pass over during your move forward. Advance forward to the next Planet Cranium if you roll purple.
  5. Advance to the inner fast track if you successfully complete the task from the Planet Cranium card. Remain on the outer scenic track if you do not complete the task.
  6. Pass the play to the team on the left after you have advanced your playing piece.
  7. Halt the game when a Club Cranium card is drawn. All teams follow the instructions on the card to compete simultaneously against each other in a bonus round. The winning team receives a bonus roll.
  8. The winning team rolls and moves. Continue play with the team whose turn it was before the bonus round.
  9. Enter the Cranium Central at the end of the game board. When you roll, advance to the appropriate character box as indicated by the color rolled on the die.
  10. Complete the activity in Cranium Central. Advance to the next character in clockwise motion. Wait for your next turn to complete that activity.
  11. A team wins when it is the first to complete the four activities in Cranium Central
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Educational Games & Mind Exercises for kids

Children are future of any civilization; the reason why we, as a guardian always want our kid’s to stay healthy. When it comes to health, we typically visualize physical health i.e. what we eat, drink, nutrients etc. for the body. But as per the researches our physical health goes hand in hand with that of mental. It’s really significant to confer our children with the fit and prosperous nurture physically and mentally as well.

Just like physical exercise is essential for physical fitness, mental workout can been significantly crucial for brain development. A mind exercise improves focus, concentration; memory and at the same time reduces stress and depression. It also gives motivation for learning new things and develops learning skills in children. It affects positively on the glands that decode our thoughts and feelings or sentiments.

Educational games and mind exercises for kids provide perfect equipment for developing your brain health. These exercises also act as an anti aging ointment for the brain. Mental activities stimulate the mind with improved functionality and problem solving processes. These activities help in the proper movement of brain proteins which smoothens and regularizes the thinking process.Top of Form

Games like cross word stimulate your brain to develop deep thinking power. Your child will for sure become a detailed observant. There are a number of games like Crossword, Puzzles, Word & picture matching, Crises

Cross, etc. available in the market and now you can get all these and many more mind games and activities on internet. Your children can play these games online or you can take a print and enjoy along. These games are easy to play; you won’t need any guide for them. You can engage your children and utilize their free time playfully.

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 Mathematical activities and puzzles motivate the brain to think and facilitate good calculating skills. Such games prepare your knotty bundle for competitive exams and direct their mind in a constructive and positive track. Scientists have researched that over-active children are very sharp minded. They are very keen thinkers and we need to re-direct their destructive activities on constructive path so as to make them intellectual citizens to build a civilized society in future.

Some kids are interested in musical activities, storytelling or coloring activities specially girls. Because every child is different from the other, you can’t compare the two. You need to understand them according to their likes, dislikes. Their interests will differ from each other so you just need to search for a suitable doings for them as per their age group and as per their interest.

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How to Find Video Game Cheats Online

If you’re stuck at a certain point in a game and you’ve been trying to get past it for a long time, it may be time to go extreme – cheat! Most video games have a number of “cheat codes” which can be used to gain various advantages.

Identify the type of game system you are using. Is it a PC, or is it one of the console units (such as Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, or Sony’s PlayStation 2/3/4)? Make a mental note of your gaming platform as sometimes the codes are different across platforms, even if they’re for the exact same game.

Identify the game you are playing. It helps to be as specific as possible. For example, are you playing “Zelda,” or is it actually “Zelda: Majora’s Mask?” Make a note of the specific game you are playing. This is especially true if the game you are playing is part of a series. Just searching for “guitar hero cheats” may not get you to where you want.

Use a search engine. Type in the name of your game, the gaming platform, and the word “cheats.” For example, if you are playing “Halo 2” on Xbox, type in Halo 2 Xbox cheats. If you want to go one step further, you could also search directly into a cheat website such as gamesradar.com.

  • For games that are available on more than one console, include the console in your search criteria.

Look through the results. Choose a site that offers cheat codes for your game and platform. More often then not, one should jump out at you immediately. If it doesn’t, there’s a chance that there are just no cheats available for your game.

  • If you find a particular cheat website that you really like, you might want tobookmark it for future use, too.

Find and note down the cheat that you want to use.

Follow the instructions given on the website to use the cheat while playing the game. If you’re really struggling, try looking for some sort of cheat menu, perhaps within the main menu or settings of the game.

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How to Type Better

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You can learn to type better by practicing. Typing with greater accuracy and speed on the job allows you to get more done and convey a professional image. Although you can hunt and peck your way around a keyboard, formal training courses can help you memorize the keyboard layout, improve your typing skills and even become a rapid touch typist. By making fewer mistakes, you can impress your boss, your colleagues and your customers. Using free resources, you can improve your work efficiency and typing effectiveness in just a few minutes a day.

Review Tutorials

  • Completing free online tutorials allows you to get new tips and tricks you may not have known about. For example, lessons typically start by providing an introduction to which finger you should use for each letter on the keyboard. Subsequent lessons and drills teach how to use other keys, such as the shift key. You can repeat the steps you learn in the drills to help you memorize the position of the letters and improve your times. This activity enables you to develop and improve your typing technique. When you don’t have to look down at your keyboard to find the letters, you can type faster, more accurately and with more precision, which may even reduce the stress on your wrists.

Practice Drills

  • Online practice drills can help you develop your technique for typing text and entering numerical data. If data entry is an important part of your job, you probably want to get better at using a keyboard number pad, or 10-key, too. Start with practice drills that will hone your skills on the portion of the keyboard you use most often. Completing increasingly difficult practice levels helps you learn to type better and possibly become an expert “touch typist” who knows the keyboard through muscle memory. Some sites require you to register because they track and monitor your progress for statistical purposes.

Play Games

  • If you tend to be motivated by speed and competition, online typing games represent a unique opportunity for you, along with your friends and new acquaintances, to have some fun while developing better typing skills. Games typically have a theme, such as dinosaurs, kayaking or cooking, geared toward a particular age group, interest or occupation. Some games or contests include races, action and adventure to help you improve your agility with the keyboard.

Test Yourself

  • Most jobs today require some sort of typing skill, and employers routinely test applicants to confirm that the words-per-minute figures reported on resumes are accurate. Solid typing ability makes you a more productive employee whether you are emailing, writing a report or participating in social media applications for your company. Test yourself from your own home or local library to assess your skills before you have to take a speed and accuracy test as part of the application, interview or orientation process for a new job. These tests allow you to check yourself under the pressure of a ticking clock, but without the embarrassment of displaying your skills in front of others.
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EGAR Educational Games And Resources Crime Prevention Resources

Series 2A covers ten topical discussions around CRIME PREVENTION.

There are 10 ‘CHOICE’ Discussion Card sets in the CRIME PREVENTION series.

Game 1) KNIFE CULTURE

Game 2) GUN CULTURE

Game 3) DRUGS AWARENESS

Game 4) CRIME

Game 5) ANGER

Game 6) GANG CULTURE

Game 7) SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Game 8) STEALING

Game 9) VANDALISM

Game 10) ALCOHOL ABUSE

For each card game there is one question, such as “Why do young people join a gang?”

(Game 6: GANG CULTURE)

Communication, connection, education and support leads to personal growth and the confidence to make the right choices.

Praise for EGAR products:

“I’m impressed by the EGAR ‘Choice’ Discussion Cards and Posters. I work with 11 to 20 year olds in an area of London where kids are under peer pressure to carry knives. They don’t like what’s going on but can easily be led and don’t think about their actions. The cards get them thinking about the consequences of what they do. I was shocked how much they opened up – it’s like planting a pea in their head; they’re more aware and start to grow. They should be used in every secondary school.” Paul Canoville, ex Chelsea FC player, now a youth worker and teaching assistant.

Scott-Horne says, “EGAR resources fills a gap for staff teams to communicate and discuss real issues in young people’s lives.  EGAR’s ‘Choice’ Discussion cards and posters tie in with the governments ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda as well as being an additional and complementary tool for the national core or recreational curriculums.  Adolescence is a massive transition, there is so much that happens at that time for young people in terms of personal development. These aren’t simply a discussion tool but can actually help change young people’s minds and attitudes opening up better decisions made and of course consequences. 

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How to Learn 10-Key by Playing Games

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Learn to use your number pad with speed and accuracy by playing typing games. You don’t have to use traditional learning styles to become a great 10-key typist. Follow these tips to learn 10-key by playing games and having fun.

Instructions

  1. Try number games like Sudoku. You will practice using all the numbers on your keypad while playing this mind challenging game. Make yourself use only the number pad so you get more practice and try to solve the puzzles as quickly as you can.
  2. Play and practice games to increase your speed and skills. Concentrate on accuracy, speed and correcting errors. You will build confidence as you increase your speed. Aim for games and exercises that will help you with work.
  3. Find online typing games that cover the whole keyboard. Play any games that include the main keyboard and the number pad together because it’s good practice switching between the two. You can also skip the main part of the keyboard and concentrate on the number keypad games.
  4. Take typing lessons to learn the basics like finger positions and then use the games to practice what you have learned. You will get the most benefit from the games if you alternate between lessons and games that help you practice what you have learned.
  5. Start the games with your middle finger on the number 5 key. Place your other fingers on each side of the middle key. Treat the keypad like a calculator.
  6. Make sure the games you choose use allow you to use the number pad and include the symbols “$, +, -, *, /” because these symbols are used in math and money calculations.
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How to Play the Family Feud DVD Game

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People have played and enjoyed the “Family Feud” game show for decades, and you can now play it from the comfort of your home with friends. The “Family Feud Third Edition” DVD game allows two teams to go head-to-head as they try to guess the top survey answers for more than 450 questions. Hosted by “Family Feud” host John O’Hurley, “Family Feud Third Edition” can be played by two or more players.

Instructions

  1. Split your group into two teams. Make sure both teams have a score sheet and writing utensil. Designate a team writer, unless your team feels comfortable taking turns.
  2. Insert the “Family Feud Third Edition” DVD into your DVD player.
  3. Press the “Play” option on the Main Menu, using your DVD remote control. Designate the team that will play first.
  4. Write down the five most popular answers in the Round 1 slot, within thirty seconds or until the music stops, after the first question is read. The other team writes down a “Steal Answer” in the first steal slot on their scorecard.
  5. Press the “Survey Says” option when time expires. The screen will run down the top five answers, starting with No. 1.
  6. Write down the corresponding dollar amount in the spot with the correct answer (even if it isn’t your No. 1 answer). If the answer is correct, select the “Right Answer” check-mark icon to reveal the second answer. This continues until you receive all five answers are revealed; however, if the playing team gets one wrong, press the “Wrong Answer” red “X” icon.
  7. Stealing occurs when one team gets a wrong answer, and the other team uses their “Steal Answer” to match with the remaining survey answers. If the other team used the “Steal Answer,” the stealing team can change their answer before they reveal. The stealing team takes the round and the accumulated money if their “Steal Answer” is on the board.
  8. Add up the points for the round. Add the total stolen amount and the “Steal Answer” amount, and write it into the stolen answer slot for the round if the steal was successful. If the stealing team fails in their attempt, the original team retains the amount they accumulated.
  9. Pass the remote to the other team so they can play round one. The game continues in this manner through to the “Double Money” and “Triple Money” rounds, where the amounts won, or stolen, are doubled and tripled respectively.
  10. Choose the best player from both teams for the “Fast Money” round, where they will write down the top survey answers to five separate questions in 25 seconds.
  11. Press “Enter” or “OK” on your remote control to reveal the five top survey answers.
  12. Record the amounts for every right answer and total the amounts. All total amounts are accumulated and the team with the most money wins.
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Family Reunion Activities & Games

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Family reunions are a time to catch up with relatives and reminisce about favorite memories, but most of all they are a time to just have fun. For your next family reunion plan a variety of games and activities that will appeal to all ages. By the end of the day, everyone will be counting down to the next family gathering.

Get Reacquainted

  • This trivia idea takes some coordination ahead of time, but is worth it as it is sure to be a hit. A few weeks before the celebration, ask family members to email odd stories, little known facts about them or new things that have occurred since the last reunion. Try to make the questions lighthearted or funny. The day of the gathering, set up a trivia game and award small prizes to the relatives who are able to answer the most questions correctly. For something less formal, gather around and take turns swapping stories to get caught up. You can also watch old family videos and reminisce about some favorite memories.

Outdoor Activities

  • Set up a tug-of-war area if the reunion is outdoors. Pit cousins against cousins, siblings against siblings or just mix up the teams. This classic game is sure to make everyone laugh and bring out their competitive side. Other ideas are potato sack races, volleyball, bocce and badminton. If your family loves to eat, why not set up a pie eating contest? The rules are simple. Don’t use your hands, make a complete mess and have a blast. Try to gather an idea of how many people you think will participate beforehand and if it will help, ask each family to bring a pie with them. Give every participant an over-sized plastic bib and be sure to capture the hilarity on video or film.

For the Little Ones

  • If there will be lots of small children at the reunion, set up board games, coloring books and sidewalk chalk for them to entertain themselves with. If you have the time, a scavenger hunt is a way to get all the kids involved and keep them busy. Another idea is to set up a craft table where they can paint or decorate small photo frames that they can take home with them.

Group Photo Activities

  • If you have the time, set up old photo albums for the family to peruse during the day. You can also ask relatives to bring their own albums to share. Don’t forget to take a photo of everyone together. You might want to do this before the celebration is in full swing and everyone is disheveled or dirty. Be sure to take pictures of individual families as well. Post the pictures online with funny captions or print them and send them to everyone during the holidays.
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How to Plan a School Game Night

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A school game night can provide an evening of fun for parents, teachers and students. Usually organized by a PTA or PTO, family game nights are intended to promote interaction between kids and their parents, as well as to provide parents with an opportunity to meet the parents of their children’s classmates. With a little planning, the evening can usually run itself, and even the planners will be able to join in the fun.

How to Plan a School Game Night

  1. Decide on a date and time for the family game night. Ask teachers, administrators and officers of the parent-teacher organization to select dates from a window of several weeks. Discuss what would be an appropriate time; for young children, right after dinner will work best, perhaps from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Older kids can usually manage a later time and an event lasting a couple of hours. Announce the game night several weeks in advance through posters at the school, fliers sent home with students, the school newsletter and the school’s website.
  2. Decide what games would be appropriate for the age groups attending the game night. Once you have a list of games, make a floor plan of the gymnasium or cafeteria and decide how you will divide up the area and how much table space to allow for each game. For example, you might want a bingo area; that will take considerable more seating than perhaps a couple of tables where Scrabble games are set up for four players each. Other possibilities for games include board games like Monopoly and Clue, Chinese checkers and chess, and team games like Pictionary. Make colorful signs to mark each game area.
  3. Assign one volunteer to each game station. The volunteer’s job will be two-fold: one, to clarify the rules for any games (which he or she can join in) and two, to help usher participants to different game stations when each session ends. As families arrive, explain that the idea of the evening is not to play one long game at any station, but to simply try out various games and, when a buzzer sounds, move to a new station where they will meet a new group of players.
  4. Plan refreshments that can be set up ahead of time so that participants can help themselves whenever they wish. Consider such treats as small bags of popcorn, chips or pretzels, cookies and brownies, individual pudding cups and granola bars. Baskets of apples would be a nice addition. For drinks, make big thermos jugs of lemonade and set plastic cups out so people can help themselves.
  5. Plan some surprises for the evening. Perhaps a clown might stop in and distribute balloons and coupons for a local miniature golf course. The principal might hold a riddle contest and ask everyone to guess the answer. Several teachers might dress in outlandish costumes and ask kids to guess their identity. A 10-minute trivia contest in which parents are pitted against kids could feature questions that only parents would be likely to know (Academy Award-winning picture of 1985) and others only kids would be likely to know (name of Harry Potter’s owl).
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