And though families are hoping for tender moments as relatives gather for holiday rituals, we all know that tensions can run high. So consider this your friendly reminder to “use your words.” The nice ones.
And keep these simple word games in mind for family time that needs to be a bit more fun and focused. All were inspired by a recent trip to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, where you’ll find all sorts of colorful word art in their “Someplace” exhibit.
Grab pen and paper for a simple game of “Hangman.” Choose a word without revealing it to your partner. Then have them guess as you build the “hangman” each time they guess a letter not found in your word.
Create your own letter and/or word flashcards using index cards, construction paper or other items at hand. Use them to create story chains (everyone adds a word to build a story together), play sorting games (find all the words that begin with a single letter) or make up your own activities.
Let the kids cut words out of old cereal boxes, magazines and such — then string them together into stories, glue them together into collages and such.
If using homemade word tiles feels too passé, rev up your technology du jour and explore more than 60 online word games for kids at http://pbskids.org/games/word.html.
Most importantly, remember to “use your words” to express your gratitude for gifts of time and talent, for random acts of kindness, for the simple joys that fill the season. And to focus on the words that matter most.
Note: Click here to learn more about the Children’s Museum of Phoenix (which is closed Dec. 24 & 25, but open on Dec. 26). Word art included in this post is part of the “Someplace” exhibit featuring the work of Bisbee artist Peter Goldlust. Click here to read a post featuring more of his musings.
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