Whole Family/Under 10 minutes/

How we love to play Sardines! Grab flashlights for the weak-hearted, turn off the lights, and have a great time before bed with this reverse game of hide and seek. We had a great time playing tonight, except for our spoiler kitties. They kept stalking the hiders and alerting everyone to where they were!

  1. One person hides, while others count to 30 in another room with the door closed.
  2. When you find the hider, quietly join them!
  3. Once everyone is packed…like a sardine…into one hiding spot, repeat with another hider.


Girls Name/Boys Name

10 minutes/Elementary and up/


This is a family favorite! Pass papers around and watch as a twisted story unfolds.

Hand out paper and pens

Write down the following parts of the story, folding the paper over the previous line, so that no one sees what has already been written. Pass to the next person. 20170105_102059

A girl’s name (any female, real or fictional, known by everyone in the room)

A boys’s name (any male, real or fictional, known by everyone in the room)

Where they were (Wal-Mart, Disneyland, the backyard…)

What they were doing (Making bracelets, shining their shoes, making sushi…)

What she said (“You look like you’ve had a bad day.” “This girl is on fire!” etc.)

What he said (“I caught you a delicious bass.” “You have big ears.” etc.)

What the result was (They bought a motor home and toured the West. They  launched a new line of lipstick. etc.)

Pass the papers once more.

Read one at a time, adding phrases to connect the story. “She said…” “The final result was…” Enjoy the story!



Why? Because!

5 minutes
Elementary and up
Paper and pens

This easy activity always brings giggles, especially right before bed when everything is silly.

Cut small papers that cut be seen through

Sit in a circle

On one side, each person writes any WHY question.
(Why is the sky blue? Why do Dad’s feet smell? Why do they say “Eh” in Canada?)


They turn over their paper and pass it to the next person.

That person writes any BECAUSE answer. It can answer the WHY they wrote, or be random.
(Because of global warming. Because someone let the dog out. Because sugar makes you hyper.)


Go around the circle and read the questions and their crazy, and sometimes very funny, answers.



Magazine Mash-up

20 minutes
Elementary and up

What do you get when Yoga Magazine meets Sports Illustrated…with the help of some scissors and creative kids? Magazine Mash-up! Have fun swapping heads and bodies in magazine pages or newspaper ads. This can be done in as little as 10 minutes, but mine spent at least 45 minutes laughing over this project!


Body Builders

Whole Family
10 Minutes or Less
Paper and pens/markers

This is one of our favorite quick games that all ages can play together. As you can tell, any artsy-ness I have is with words and music, NOT with visual arts.

Sit in a circle

Draw a head on your paper, ending with the neck20170105_105346

Fold paper down, showing only the very end of the neck

Draw the torso and arms, ending with the waist 20170105_105541

Fold paper down, showing only the belt or end of  waist

Draw the hips and legs, minus feet


Fold paper down, showing only the tips of the ankles

Draw the feet


Fold paper down

Give them a name


Toss papers in the middle and everyone take one

Go around the circle, unroll your creations, and have a good laugh!