Friday, November 25, 2011

The Gang's All Here!

At a loss for what to do over the long holiday weekends while all the family is gathered at your house?  Some years after our meal, my family would divide up and play games of Scrabble, Rummy, or Parcheesi. Years later we all played Trivial Pursuit (the in-laws vs. the out-laws---yeah, that was fun!) or a rather silly game called Pass the Pigs.  

The library has a great selection of books that can help ease those long afternoons, especially if the weather isn't suitable for your traditonal after dinner football game.

If you need something to entertain an active group of children that cover a wide age range you might find something to help you in Cooperative Games and Sports : Joyful Activities for Everyone.  Included you'll find games for ages 3 through 7, 8 through 12, ways to remake adult games and games from other cultures. 

If your crew is crafty you might consider Big Fun Christmas Crafts and  Activities. This fun volume includes instructions for making snowman wrapping paper and jingle-bell wind chimes.

For a little quiet time, consider The Family Read Aloud Holiday Treasury.  This compilation includes Christmas poems and stories by Jack Prelutsky, Langston Hughes, A.A. Milne, Judith Viorst, Russell Hoban, and Beverly Cleary---there's something sure to please everyone in the family.

Then of course, there are always board and card games.  For complete instructions, check out this handy guide--The New Complete Hoyle, revised : The Authoritative Guide to the Official Rules of All Popular Games of Skill and Chance. (Not sure if Pass the Pigs is in this or not...I'll have to double check that.)

Have a wonderful holiday season.

Dawn @ Warrenton

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