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Like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, your kids can go "rafting" -- but they don't need a river in this version! Those legendary characters were created by author Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens. A Mississippi River riverboat pilot who ultimately became a prolific writer, Clemens was born on this day in 1835. To celebrate the famous author's birthday, have fun with this all-season "raft race."

What you'll need:

  • Old newspapers

What you'll do:

Form two equal teams, in two lines. Designate a start and finish line on opposite sides of an uncarpeted room. Place two newspaper sections (several pages thick) in front of each team. The first player in line is the "skipper" and the rest of the players are "riverboat passengers." At the starting signal, the skipper places each foot on a newspaper section, then leans down and holds the newspapers tightly. One passenger also places his feet on the newspapers, behind the skipper.

Together, they shimmy forward across the "river" to the "island" goal line, where the passenger picks up the newspapers, runs back to the starting line and assumes the role of skipper, taking another person to the island. This continues until one team completely crosses the river.

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