This Is What I Like About You
small slips of paper of uniform size with a wide left margin (so you can staple them into a booklet at the end)
optional: card stock to make covers, or ribbon to tie the pages together
In a classroom, youth group or birthday party, have each child write down something that they like about each of the others. Be sure to monitor these so that the comments remain truly positive, then present each child with the comments the others have made about them. Roll the notes together and fasten with a ribbon, or make a small booklet from them. These make wonderful keepsakes.
Darling, If You Love Me...
For this classic drama / icebreaker game, have all the participants sit in a circle. Choose a person to start. This person must approach (without touching) one of the people in the circle and repeat these words:
"Darling, if you love me, won't you please, please smile?"
The aim of the speaker is to cause the person to smile (or laugh). The aim of the person being spoken to is to keep a straight face and repeat back:
"Darling, you know I love you, but I just can't smile."
When the speaker is successful, they trade places with the person who smiled. If they are unsuccessful, they need to try again with other players until they are successful.
This is a fun one because it encourages players to use lots of melodramatic gestures, silly voices and fake accents, different vocal dynamics and different facial expressions.
Melted Crayon Art Card
an assortment of old, peeled crayons
copy paper or paper of similar weight
This requires adult supervision.
Cut and fold a card out of the cardstock.
Cut a piece of white paper to fit as you would like on the front of your card stock. Choose your crayons and pattern and place your paper on the hotplate. Turn on the heat and test until the crayon melts a bit as you write. You may wish to use a spare piece of test paper for this part. Once it has heated, turn it off and continue colouring on the paper. The colours will flow and blend. Once you have finished, let the wax set, then glue to the cardstock.
With appropriate adult instructions and supervision, we've been able to do this safely with kids as young as 4. Be careful to turn off the hotplate once it has heated enough to melt the wax.
Valentine's Day Cracker
Crackers are not only for Christmas!
2 cardboard bathroom tissue tubes
tissue paper (for the wrapper and for a hat)
stickers, glitter glue, etc. as desired
printed jokes and/or messages
ribbon or yarn
optional: sticky tape
optional: small toys, trinkets or candy
optional: cardboard "snap" (various craft stores carry these)
- To make the hat, measure your tissue paper for the hat by measuring around your head and adding 2 cm /1". This will be the length you need; you can decide how tall you would like to make it. Cut out the paper and glue together along the edges using the glue stick. Trim as desired.
- To make the wrapper, measure the width of the tissue paper such that it is double the width of the cardboard tube. Measure around the tube and add 2 cm (1") and this will be the length of the tissue paper. Cut out the tissue paper.
- Centre and roll the tissue paper around the tube and fasten with the glue stick or sticky tape such that it looks like a very long tube.
- Slip your second cardboard tube inside one of the ends to support the tissue paper as shown in the picture above.
- Cut a length of ribbon or yarn long enough to wrap and tie around the end of the tube.
- Tie the ribbon/yarn tightly around the tissue paper in the space between the two tubes.
- Roll up the hat and insert into the open end of the tube. Insert any toys, candy or messages you are using into the tube.
- Tie off the second side the same way you tied the first side.
- Decorate as desired.
- To open it, find a partner and have them pull on one end while you pull on the other.
Valentine's Day Madlib
For this activity, you will need a copy of a famous romantic poem or passage. Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" or the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet" make perfect choices.
Make a copy of the passage, but omit certain key words. List the part of speech of each missing word and in the order they would normally appear.
Now, without revealing the passage or the deleted words, ask the group to volunteer words from those parts of speech. Once you have your list, read back the passage with the new words instead.
"Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy master and refuse thy name!"
Omit: Romeo (name) master (noun) refuse (verb)
New words: Fido, spatula, cook
"Fido, Fido, wherefore art thou Fido?
Deny thy spatula and cook thy name!"
The less sense it makes, the more fun the game.
Find some printable Madlibs on the Lemonade Printables Page here.