So, on a particularly slow day, Tom started a game of “What am I” with Abby. It’s a twist on a game you’ve likely played with names of presidents taped on your back, or something equally difficult for a little kid to play.
Here’s how you play.
1. Gather some cards (or better yet, make your own), with pictures of animals or plants or family members or whatever theme strikes your fancy.
2. Mix up the cards and let the youngest player take one but don’t let them peek at what’s on the card.
3. Carefully lift the card up to the player’s forehead and stick it on. Sometimes you’ve got enough sunscreen or sticky lunch on your head to get it to stay, sometimes you might just hold it up there, and sometimes, you might want to lick the back of the card just a teeny bit to get it to stick, but don’t tell anyone I suggested something so unsanitary!
4. Now, the other player or players give the card-wearer hints about the thing on the card.
5. The card-wearer guesses what they are until they get it right.
I like this game for lots of reasons.
- It can be tweaked a whole lot to fit any age (heck, this is still fun for me at parties and I’m 33).
- The grown-up can give increasingly bigger hints so the kiddo doesn’t get discouraged.
- You can do this game with any topic and include the word to go along with it so the kiddo gets some reading in while you play.
- It doesn’t seem to get old. . . still fun after weeks.
- I can play this with Abby while I’m cooking dinner.
- The kid gets to make you put a card on your head and then you look silly.
The version I’ve played before has the card-wearer asking yes or no questions to figure out his/her card. This is a great way to play with older kids and adults, but could be difficult and frustrating for a little kiddo like Abby.