Family Time Calendar: Get Together - iVillage

You know your family can be entertaining -- so today go ahead and really entertain each other! This is a great activity to do if you're spending the day with another family, or if you have relatives visiting.

What you'll need:
1 or more children's poetry books, such as:

  • The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone by Jack Prelutsky

What you'll do:

Break up into "teams," with one adult on each team (if children are in the 10+ range, you might break out into kids and adults). Each team should read through the poetry book and choose one or more poems they like -- the sillier, the better. (You might use your computer's scanner and printer to make copies of the selected pages, so no one has to fight over the books). An adult should read through the poem while the kiddie cast members come up with funny ways to act it out (older kids, of course, can choose to be the narrator themselves). Rehearse a few times. When each cast is ready, put on your show -- the teams should take turns being the audience and performers. If you have a camcorder, set it up on a tripod, or have adults take turns being camera parents, and record the show.

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