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Things To Do

1.     Play "Rock, Paper, Scissors"

2.   Bear Hunt

3.     Thumb wrestle

4.     Push palms together to see who can push the hardest

5.     Stack hands one atop the other, pulling out the hand at the bottom and bringing it up top

6.     Stack fists, using same rules as above

7.     Make a tent.  Or a fort.  Every kid loves them.  It can be as simple as draping a few old sheets over some dining room chairs.  Give the kids some trail mix or healthy snacks and a flashlight, close the curtains to the room and turn out the lights, and have them tell each other stories.  Throw a few stuffed animals into the fun to keep things from getting too scary!

8.     Play Memory.  Collect 20 items and lay them out on a table.  Have the child/children look at them for 1 minute before covering them up and letting them write down all the items they remember in 5 minutes.  Have a few batches of items on hand (preferably from the same area in the house to make clean-up easier) to do several rounds of this game.

9.     Make edible finger paint with corn syrup, food coloring, and paper.  Let the painting dry for a day.  No chemicals and a mess that’s considerably easier to clean up!

10. Create an Obstacle Course

11. Stack arms, similarly

12. Draw a letter on the child's back with a finger and see if he or she can guess

13. Have the child draw a letter on your arm or back, and you do the guessing

14. Find a shoe with laces and have the child practice shoe-tying

15. Make Sock Puppets

16. Use the wristwatch to give a lesson in telling time

17. Use the wristwatch to time things going on around you

18. Let the child try on the wristwatch

19. Play Dress-up

20. Count by twos, threes, fives, tens

21. Count backward from 100

22. Pick a number between one and 10

23. Teach the 9 times table trick

24. Give a math equation for the child to figure mentally

25. Give a string of math equations and ask for the answer at the end

26. Make up math story problems

27. Say words to spell

28. Say words to rhyme with

29. Play "I Spy"

30. Try some tongue twisters

31. Play "I Went to ..."

32. Sing some silly songs (softly)

33. Do songs with hand motions, with and without the words

34. Play "20 Questions"

35. Look for things out the window

36. Play paddy-cake

37. Teach the child some clapping games

38. Have the child teach you some clapping games

39. Whisper secrets, silly and serious

40. Say "Tell you / tell me three things you did today"

41. Tell a story, taking turns one sentence at a time

42. Write a poem, taking turns one sentence at a time

43. Hide something (even just the thumb) in one fist -- guess which hand?

44. Count change

45. Count currency

46. Make a stack or a snake with loose change

47. Fold or roll up currency

48. Make a pattern, train, or house out of cards.

49. Try to remember one of the child's favorite storybooks; let the child correct the mistakes.

50. Give an invisible manicure

51. Give an invisible pedicure

52. Have the child name all his or her friends

53. See how many people the child can name in the extended family

54. See how many birthdates of friends and family the child can recall

55. Guess what the people around you do for a living

56. Count how many words you can spot -- on signs, posters, clothes

57. Make faces

58. Play Straight Face

59. Try to make each other laugh -- last one wins

60. Have a staring contest

61. Have the child narrate a favorite movie

62. Interview the child for a TV news show

63. Speak Pig Latin

64. Play "Truth or Dare"

65. Make up the own secret code

66. Think of rhyming words for items around you

67. Take turns naming words for a letter of the alphabet; last one to think of a word wins, and you move to the next letter

68. Same as above, but with rhymes

69. Same as above, but with entries in categories

70. Explain the meaning of various figures of speech

71. Make up silly similes

72. Make a puppet face with the fist, with the thumb as the lower jaw

73. Flip a coin

74. Do "This little piggy" on feet or hands

75. Crawl fingers up the child's back or arm like a spider

76. Make up an acronym for the child's name

77. Ask for favorites: TV show, movie, book, color, game, animal, friend

78. Play peek-a-boo

79. Give the child the name of an object and ask what color it is, what letter it starts with, what shape it is, if it's heavy or light

80. Go on a "hike" with the two fingers walking over the child's arms, shoulders and head

81. Break an egg over the child's head by rapping it gently with the fist and then opening the hand to make the egg roll down the face

82. Do charades

83. Be mirror images

84. Play "Simon Says" on a small scale.

85. Throw an imaginary ball

86. Blow imaginary bubbles

87. Be a little goldfish

88. Do "Here is the church, here is the steeple," or make the own version for another building

89. Try guided relaxation

90. Practice breathing techniques

91. Repeat what the other person says

92. See who can go the longest without talking.

93. Play London Bridge 

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