Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dinner Time Games

When we eat dinner, we quite often have some wild children. Okay, maybe that should say "we have wild children, and we quite often eat dinner"! Anyway, I have found that the best way to calm them and keep them from driving me and each other crazy is to get them involved in a conversation of some sort, and "what did you do at school today" doesn't usually cut it with my darling girl who SAID she doesn't want to TALK about it!!

So, we have come up with several conversation games. They are very successful at directing and focusing energy and attention!
  • Real And Fake

Every person takes a turn saying two things that happened to them that day- one is real and one is fake. We each vote on which thing is real, and then they reveal the truth. This is the favorite, and the one we play the most often. It did take a few times to help them catch on to the idea, but now they are experts! And please don't say we are just teaching them to lie!

  • Lefty Righty

Each person has to look first to their left and say something nice about that person, then look to their right and say something nice about that person. This is especially good when someone has had a rough day or is feeling bad for whatever reason. Also, it helps them to learn left and right!

  • Sweet and Sour

Each person says one "sweet" or nice thing that happened to them that day, and one "sour" or bad thing that happened. Abigail doesn't really like this one much... I think she hates revealing TWO whole things about her day!

  • Gratitude Game

Pretty self-explanatory- each person says 3 things they are grateful for.

I'm always looking for new ideas- do you have any dinnertime games?


Caroline said...

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Cecilee said...

This is seriously the best idea! Our dinners usually consist of me nagging everyone to "EAT!" "Just try one bite." "Stop complaining." "Be glad you have food to eat." Etc. Maybe some games would distract them enough to just eat their food and not worry about it so much..... or distract me and get ME to not worry about it so much. What do you think? ;o)

Melinda said...

We always do best and worst--they name the best (and worst) things about their day...answers are pretty funny (sometimes dinner is the worst). I also try to ask if they did anything to help someone else that day--just to get them to think about it.