My 2nd grader’s school starts 40 minutes after her older sister’s, so instead of returning home we have “cafe time” where we make up games. This blog will chronicle these no-tech/low-tech games.
Game 1: Tree-Ent-Tolkien
Play: Player 1 chooses a random word. Player 2 says a word beginning with the last letter of the first word that is as closely associated thematically to it as possible. Example:
Word 1: tree (chosen randomly)
Word 2: Ent (the tree people from LOTR) 10 points.
Word 3: Tolkien. 9 points.
Word 4: Niven (sci fi writer). 7 points
Word 5: novel. 5 points
Word 6: letter. 5 points
Proper nouns are ok and the next word can refer to a different meaning of the previous word (or even a homophone as this is all spoken).
To avoid a rut of similar high-scoring sequences from game to game (i.e. ‘tree’ always leading to ‘Ent’), you can decide that the next word must start with the second-to-last letter (or third, etc.)
Give it a try. If you do, post your game results.