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Summary: 

Game to keep kids moving and having fun while they review specific facts. 6-8 players needed.

This game can be used to review facts about any subject, or quick math problems. It sounds a bit complicated but once you play it's very simple:

Questions should be prepared ahead of time on flash cards. At least 60 brief-answer questions should be ready in a stack. You will also need two dice, a scorecard, three objects for bases, and room to move around.

- 1 player is the Umpire, who will be asking the questions
- Rest of people divide into two teams, one 'up at bat' and one 'in the field'.
One person on each team will be the dice roller,

Down to Grade/Age: 
3rd Grade
Up thru Grade/Age: 
Middle School

Half of a One-sided Paper = ?

Summary: 

What do you get when you cut a Mobius strip in half lengthwise? The answer may surprise you!

This is a simple exercise but may be both motivating and confounding.

For children who have not played with Mobius strips before, start by introducing the idea of the strip - here are a few ways:

1) ask the child, 'is there a way to make this strip of paper have only one side?'

or

2) make one without explanation by simply cutting a strip of paper, twisting it, and taping the ends. Ask your child to draw a line along the shape as far as they can.

Down to Grade/Age: 
PreK
Up thru Grade/Age: 
Adult

Dinner Diary

Summary: 

Simple literacy activity - start a 'dinner diary' and encourage kids to make entries. A parent may write the entries for younger children to illustrate.

Keeping a family diary is a fun way to remember events, special stories or funny things that someone said. Brief entries but with specific details or quotes are often the most fun to look over later. Children enjoy hearing their words read back to them at a later date, and writing down verbatim what very young children say can be quite entertaining!

Down to Grade/Age: 
Toddlers
Up thru Grade/Age: 
High School

Cooperative Reading Bingo

Summary: 

Simple, no-pressure reading game. Adult and child take turns covering a bingo board that has pairs of words. The child chooses which word to read each turn.

A few key elements of this game: because the child can choose which word to read, he has control over the level of difficulty he is comfortable with. The pairs of words allow the adult to help inobtrusively by choosing a difficult word on her turn, which the child may or may not decide to pay attention to and learn from. The child feels free and is not subject to direct instruction or correction.

For added incentive, the markers may be pennies, raisins, beads or some other attractive object which the child can keep or eat at the end of the game.

Down to Grade/Age: 
Toddlers
Up thru Grade/Age: 
2nd Grade

Quotable Art

Summary: 

A memorable, simple craft project: quotes for the wall, or for bookmarks

This is a simple craft that makes for a family time of choosing and reading quotes together.

You'll need one or a few good quotation books, such as Quotations for Kids by J.A. Senn. Art materials can be anything that can go on the wall - poster board and permanent marker would work well.

Let each family member choose a certain number of quotations to place in a common area (like the bathroom!), and invite them to make up a few as well. The source of the quote should be included in small print and may provide follow-up opportunity for related reading.

Down to Grade/Age: 
PreK
Up thru Grade/Age: 
High School

How Many Questions?

Summary: 

This variation on Twenty Questions teaches kids a bit of information theory and lets them take a different approach to powers of 2.

First, the kids should be familiar with the regular game of Twenty Questions.

Then, ask as an open-ended question: "Suppose instead of the whole world. you were only allowed to think of certain objects. How many questions would it take to find the right one? What if the questions had to have only yes/no answers?"

Down to Grade/Age: 
Kindergarten
Up thru Grade/Age: 
High School

Flight Fun

Summary: 

Here's a fun thing to do: watch the Magic School Bus Takes Off video and combine it with making planes from the Klutz book of paper airplanes. We had pretty good success with several of the Klutz planes. You can also do some reading from several of the excellent Wright brothers biographies.

Down to Grade/Age: 
PreK
Up thru Grade/Age: 
4th Grade
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