Badge: Seuss Games

SGame_04_URLHaving fun is essential! Let’s explore ways we can incorporate games into our Seuss theme.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Traditional games.

Using traditional games can be adapted for use with Seuss stories. Here are a few ideas:

  • “Seuss Says” instead of “Simon Says” and use items in the books for actions to do
  • “Duck, Duck, Goose” to “Cat, Cat, Hat”
  • Charades featuring titles of books or well-known characters
  • Pin the Hat on the Cat
  • Twister
  • Tic-tac-toe with eggs, hats, etc.

Make the games super-size for more fun!

2. Hat toss.

Not only did Dr. Seuss have an odd hat collection, you can see odd hats in his books. Create and / or decorate your own unique hat. Then, try a toss for distance, height, accuracy or anything you can think of.

3. Relays.

You can do a relay in a variety of ways. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Shoe Relay — everyone throws their shoes (one or both) in a pile, relay is to run to the pile, put on your shoe and tag the next person for them to find theirs.
  • Costume Relay — collect wacky items and include dressing in the outfit as part of your relay
  • Balance Relay — balance one or more items during your relay

What other Seuss ideas can you use for a relay?

4. Feet play.

How can you play with your feet? Why not explore what you can do with your feet in a special type of “Seuss Says”? Get in a circle and call out things to do with feet (or a single foot) and see how everyone reacts. Some commands might include:

  • Left foot
  • Right foot
  • High foot
  • Low foot
  • Front feet
  • Back feet
  • Side feet
  • Fast feet
  • Slow feet
  • Duck feet
  • Monkey feet

Add your own feet commands to make it even more fun!

5. Skills.

Look at the skills exhibited by the characters in Dr. Seuss’ books. Try adding these to your games / activities. This might include:

  • Balance items on wooden spoons while hopping
  • Balance items on your head
  • Bouncing on large balls with handles
  • Juggling
  • Say alphabet or count backwards
  • Skipping backward
  • Stacking items like books

6. Senses BINGO.

Using senses, create your own unique BINGO game. You can have essential oils and spices for smelling, gross slimy things for touching and even strange sounds for students to guess. Make a sheet listing items for each sense and have your participants choose five for their card for each sense. One of the supplements to this badge set are blank senses BINGO cards.

7. Original Seuss game.

Make your own Seuss game. You might want to include a board, cards and more. If you need the basics for creating your own games, check out the Enrichment Project badge program “Printables: My Games.”

8. Math story problems.

Using your favorite Seuss book, create your own math story problems. This can be anything from counting items to ordering publish dates and more.

9. Trivia game.

Create your own trivia game with information from the Seuss books. You can also find trivia questions / answers online that you can incorporate into your own game.

10. Printable fun.

Explore the printable games for this badge program or find some online that you can print and try.

11. Online games.

You can also find online games based on Dr. Seuss’ work. Try one or more. Which would you recommend to others?

 

 

Supplements Available

SUPP_Seuss_Senses_Bingo.pdf

  • BINGO: Adjusted to include senses

SUPP_WF_Fractured Titles.pdf

  • Word find: whole and partial titles of some of Dr. Seuss’ books

SUPP_WF_Seuss Characters.pdf

  • Word find: names of some Dr. Seuss characters 

Sites to Explore

 

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Seuss Games

 

Badge: Christmas Activities

XM_Activities_04URLYou’ll notice that often the activities that surround Christmas occur every year. Let’s examine different activities and possibly find a few you can use or adapt for your own fun.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Caroling.

Caroling can be done in one location, such as a shopping center or nursing home, or by people moving from house to house. It is a fun way to share the holiday spirit. Find a group of people willing to sing Christmas carols with you and try this activity.

2. Tree search.

Finding the perfect tree can be an activity for the entire family. First, choose the type of tree you want, determine the area you have and then find the perfect tree.

3. Snow play.

Snow play can lend itself to many activities. Try one from the list below or substitute other things you enjoy doing outdoors in the cold.

  • Build snowman
  • Ice skating
  • Sledding
  • Snow art
  • Snow ball fight

4. Let’s party!

Whether you are hosting or attending a party, people tend to be more cordial and happy this time of year. Try attending or hosting a party you normally wouldn’t. If you plan on doing a children’s party, be sure to take ages and abilities into account. Enjoy yourself!

5. Shopping.

Before starting your shopping trip, determine if it is for ideas or you plan to purchase gifts. Always have a list for purchases and a budget with you. This will stop you from spending money because “it’s cute” or “I’m sure he’ll like this”.

6. Christmas BINGO.

Download an Enrichment Project card, find one online or make your own. What kinds of Christmas prizes can you give to the winners?

7. Paper play.

With a quick search online, you’ll find Christmas word finds, crosswords, scrambles and other paper games. In addition, color sheets are great fun for kids. Look through what you find or download one or more of the paper play supplements that go with this badge program. Keep a few available for when your family visits during the holiday or enjoy a few on your own.

8. Adjust your favorite game.

Adjust your favorite game to make it a Christmas game. Replace playing pieces, cards, or other parts of traditional board games. You can find some ideas online. You can also make your own games. Check out what others have done and see if inspiration strikes.

9. Writing thank you letters.

Letting people know you appreciate a gift is becoming a lost tradition. Is this an activity you want to encourage in your own family?

10. Add your favorites.

What activities do you do that aren’t listed here? Add them to this short list of possible activities and encourage family and friends to participate with you in one or more.

 

Supplements Available

 

SUPP_Christmas Bingo.pdf

  • Two Christmas BINGO card sets plus a blank one

SUPP_Decor_Christmas.pdf

  • Seven sheets to color, decorate, etc.

SUPP_WORD_Christmas.pdf

  • Make words from 10 different sayings

 

Sites to Explore

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Christmas Activities

 

Badge: Night Games

NightGames_04URLActivities take too much thought. Hikes are too organized. So, let’s just play and have fun under the night sky.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Puzzles.
Create your own paper puzzle or game with night as the theme. This might include crosswords, find-a-words, fill-it-ins, cootie catchers and more. If you don’t want to create your own, do a quick search online and find a couple. Puzzles are a great way to start introducing the night theme.

2. Adapt games.
Add a flashlight and you can make the night a place for play. Incorporate a flashlight with these popular games for a new twist you can play in the dark. Be sure to remember safety when you adapt these games.

  • Hide and Go Seek
  • Limbo
  • Marco Polo
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Simon Says
  • Ring Toss

3. Adapt sports.
Try one of the following or find another sport to adapt for night play.

  • Bowling
  • Wiffle ball
  • Golf

4. Flashlight tag.
While this is a popular game, the different ways you can play tag necessitates making this game a step in its own way. Try at least two different variations of “flashlight tag” and play. Take the most popular elements and create your own version of flashlight tag.

5. Catch the light.
The person who is IT shines the light on the ground. The person who gets both feet into the beam on the ground becomes IT. With a fixed light (like a street light), you can catch the shadows by jumping on them. Try to “catch the light.”

6. Glow stick hunt.
Hide a bunch of glow sticks in a predefined area. The person who comes back with the most wins . . . and they get to hide the sticks next.

7. Flashlight hunt.
Hide a specific item (or more than one) and then go outside with your flashlight to find it. You can also use natural items in your hunt, eliminating the need to hide anything.

8. Put out the candles.
Place one to three candles burning for each team. Each member gets a squirt gun. The team to put out their candles first wins. What other ways can you think of to put out candles without blowing them out?

9. Night games.
Check out the supplement, Night Games Minibook. Try one or more games in the book.

10. Other flashlight games.
Check out the supplement, Flashlight Games Minibook. Try one or more games in the book.

 

Supplements

SUPP_ConstellationsMatch_2014.pdf

SUPP_ConstellationsWF_2014.pdf

SUPP_FlashlightGames_MB_2014.pdf

SUPP_Night Cootie Catcher_2014.pdf

SUPP_NightGames_MB_2014.pdf

SUPP_NightSafety_2014.pdf

 

Sites to Explore

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Night Games

Badge: Roleplaying Game Basics

Badge: Roleplaying Game BasicsRoleplaying games allow you to create your own character and an entire imaginary world where you can be a magic user, a spy, a detective or even a super hero. Some games are “hack and slash” where you save the day by disposing of slews of monsters. Some are solving problems and coming to a peaceful resolution.

NOTE: This badge program focuses on tabletop games.

 

Steps

 

1. What is a roleplaying game?
A roleplaying game is a game where the players create player characters that interact in a fictional setting. Some may be “tabletop” where you play through discussion while some are “live action roleplay (LARP)” where you physically perform the characters’ actions. Roleplaying games can be played digitally as well. Find out more about roleplaying games.

2. History of roleplaying games.
Roleplaying games started out as a tabletop game. Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was inspired by fantasy literature. It started in 1974. Unlicensed electronic versions of the game were developed the same year. These influenced what would become a very diverse industry. Learn about the history of roleplaying games.

3. How do you participate?
When you are first starting, you’ll normally play the easiest character available and one or two experienced players will help you. Some GMs will have characters they’ve already created to give you. Some will ask you to create your own. Depending on the game mechanics, you will then play the character per the game system. Talk to someone who has played and ask about their experiences as a player.

4. What is a game master?
One person acts as the game master (or GM) and will create scenarios for the characters to work through. They can use pre-made games or their own creations. It is the responsibility of the GM to maintain game flow as well as be very versed in the mechanics of the chosen game. This allows the play to seem more like real life.

5. What are game mechanics?
Each game type has a system that determines how the game will be played. You need a framework or it will become chaos. This includes how characters, monsters and villains are created. The game mechanics dictate what dice are rolled and what they mean within the game setting. By everyone conforming to the game mechanics, it creates a consistency in play. Learn about the game mechanics for a roleplaying game.

For example, when you play D&D each player and monster in an encounter rolls a d10 (ten-sided die) to determine the order in which each person will act. So, if the monster is on one it can choose to attack a character (again usually determined by a die roll). Each additional person then takes their turn in order. Without this order, the GM would be overwhelmed with everyone’s actions at once.

6. Fantasy genres.
The fantasy genre has the most games from which to choose. You’ll notice that they’re often based on books, movies and folklore. Try one or more of these games. Here are a few to get you started, but don’t feel constrained to this list.

  • Ars Magica
  • Dungeons & Dragons / Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (D&D / AD&D)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Hackmaster
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Warhammer
  • Wheel of Time

7. Science fiction genres.
The science fiction genre is also quite large. Much of this is based on books and movies as well.

  • Babylon 5
  • Conspiracy X
  • Ringworld
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars

8. Horror genres.
Horror games deal with any subject in horror from vampires to zombies and more. Try one or more of these.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Call of Cthulhu
  • Chill
  • Nightlife
  • World of Darkness (full line)

9. Action genres.
Action genres include adventure, espionage and military scenarios. Try one or more of these.

  • James Bond 007
  • Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes
  • Top Secret
  • Twilight 2000

10. Historical genres.
Historical or period genres are based within a more historic setting or a specific setting found within literature. Try one or more of these.

  • Boot Hill (wild west)
  • Dogs in the Vineyard (Utah pre-statehood / Mormons)
  • Pendragon (Arthurian legend)

11. Humor genres.
You can have a game without humor. Some are almost completely humor, though you might find some not quite to your taste. Try one or more of these.

  • Ghostbusters RPG
  • HackMaster
  • Toon

12. Superheroes.
How can you have a roleplaying game without the possibility of superheroes. If this is your thing, here’s a couple you might want to check out.

  • DC Universe
  • Marvel Super Heroes
  • Silver Age Sentinels
  • Teenage Mutant Turtles & Other Strangeness

13. d20 system.
The d20 system is a derivative of the third edition of D&D that came out in 2000. It used an Open Gaming License so others could release modifications and / or supplements to the system without paying for use of the game system. This was important as many GMs created their own materials, but couldn’t share them because of licensing. If you see the “d20” in the title, it conforms to this system.

14. Find a game.
Find a group of gamers in your area. You might find a group via the Internet, local hobby stores or local book stores. Where do they play? Why do they play there?

15. Play or observe a session.
Even if you don’t play, sit in for a while to see how the game is played. It can be very interesting, not to mention entertaining.

16. GenCon.
GenCon is the largest tabletop game convention in North America as determined by attendance and events. Not only can you find roleplaying games, but you’ll also find LARP, board games, miniature wargames, collectible card games and strategy games. It started in 1968 by Gary Gygax who later helped create D&D. Today, you can go to Indianapolis, Indiana. It is typically held in August. Learn more about GenCon.

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NOTE: Roleplaying games I have personally played include:

  • Dungeon & Dragons / Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
  • Chill
  • Nightlife
  • Top Secret

Additionally, I have reviewed the rules and, at one time or another, thought of trying these:

  • Fairy Meat
  • HackMaster
  • Toon

 

Sites to Explore

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_RPG Basics