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Playing with your kids is all about connection, and nothing sparks that like conversation. This activity is great for all ages, and can be used in a lot of different ways. Basically, you just pick a theme (see below) based on the ages and nature of your kids and then write applicable "questions" on the ball. Next, just toss the ball back and forth and take turns "answering" whatever touches, say, your right thumb. I used this as a fun review tool before tests as a teacher. Even reluctant-to-share-preteens thought this was great! Add water and some silliness, and you're sure to get everyone talking...and laughing!
Here's a few themes (off the top of my head) to get you started. Anyone else have any other ideas?
* Would You Rather?
Example: Would you rather EAT A WORM (right thumb) or WALK A TIGHTROPE (left thumb)?
Example: Your thumb is on a T! Can to think of anything that starts with a T?
* Solve the Mystery
Example: Okay. I'm touching WHAT. So...what job does the man have?
* Action Ball
Example: You're touching STRETCH. Let's see you touch the sky!
*At the Zoo
Example: I went to the zoo and I saw a...MONKEY. Okay, let me see you imitate one!
* Dream Ball
Example: Hmmm...If I could LIVE ANYWHERE, I would pick....
Example: My favorite ICE CREAM FLAVOR is....
*Tell Me a Story:
Example: Once upon a time there was A STINKY SOCK...that was lost under a little boy's bed.