Create Your Own Games Easily

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by Patrice on February 13, 2011 · 1 comment

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What could be easier on the single mom’s budget that the possibility of an endless supply of games targeted to her own families likes and interests that don’t cost a penny? The Create Your Own Games Game will challenge your kids as they create elements of games that can be mixed and match for hours of family fun.

Each member of the family will come up with elements of a game. The elements will be written on pieces of paper and tossed into a hat. Each child will get to choose one or two element suggestions from the hat and these will form the basis of the game. To keep a number of game variety possibilities, don’t use all of the elements in a single game.

A group decision will be made on how the elements will be used to play the game. They can be used once per turn, with the winner being the first to complete all of the tasks, or the elements can be combined into a series of tasks or tricks that the child must accomplish during a single turn.

The elements can be compose of anything, from role playing to singing, finding objects or even hopping on one leg with an arm behind the back. An element could involve rolling the dice or drawing a card for extra points. Let the kids use their imagination when coming up with the elements for the game.

Mom should lay some ground rules before letting the kids create their own elements. The elements should be made up with the abilities of every child in mind so that each child can be equally involved in the enjoyment of the game. Mom is also the final authority on any discussion on rules and scorekeeping. Of course, mom always has the final say when it comes to safety.

If a game proves to be a hit, the single mom should write down the rules of the game so that it can be played at a later date. If the game isn’t as much fun as was anticipated, that’s okay, too. The slips of paper offer countless possibilities of game playing combinations.

Different elements can be devised depending on where the game is to be played. An outside game can be more boisterous and involve messier elements than an inside game. A summer game could involve water or mud.

The single mom will seldom know in advance if the kids will get more enjoyment out of the process of creating the game or playing it. But as long as the family is sharing a fun group activity, it doesn’t really matter.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Irma March 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

These ideas are fun. But always remember that while playing with your kid, watch for signs that your child is tired of the game you are doing. Always be ready to rest or move on to a new and different game once you see that your little one gets cranky or bored.

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