Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
Today’s unplugged play idea is a good one for the bigger kids: we’re going to play games with paper and pencils.
Supplies and materials
At our house we play The Box Game on a pretty regular basis. I’m not sure of the “official” rules of this game, but I’ll tell you the way that we play:
- First draw a grid of dots.
- Then draw a special symbol inside some of the dots (we added about 4 or 5 hearts to ours).
- Each player then takes turns drawing one line to connect the dots.
- The object is to complete a four-sided square.
- Once you draw the line that fills in a square, add your initial, earn a point.
- If you fill a square with a special symbol, that is worth two points.
- After the grid is completely filled in, add up the initials, remembering to give two points for the special squares.
Other games for pencil and paper
- tic tac toe
- word searches
- crossword puzzles
Tomorrow we’ll need some craft sticks or popsicle sticks and bits of felt, construction paper, or craft foam.
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