Artist and illustrator Moose Allain has curated a selection of happy, playful tweets in his Storified collection of games families play. He manages to incite and capture a wonderfully evocative dialog between himself and some of his fun-minded peeps sharing those silly little loving games that we, at the best of times, find ourselves playing with each other.
Here’s a taste:
Yesterday we had a small party for our 7 year old boy. We played the game of Wyvern Eggs, which we made up last summer: I (the Wyvern) lie on my back on the lawn with my eyes shut while my children try to sneak up and steal my eggs (footballs). It is very enjoyable especially because small children are bad at things like hiding and sneaking up. They’re much better at it now (7 & 8).
Brilliant game! Our game: Two lines, all generations, walk towards each other chanting ‘a bogus, a bogus’, laugh and you’re out. Played at in-laws 50th anniversary – from m-i-l’s family. Start low, build to loud, then down, while creeping.
Our other family game is Weighing Down. This involves climbing onto your opponents back and trying to weigh them down. No sudden movements.
Me and my 9yo boy play “creatures” he wakes my “sleeping” hand to wake the creatures, they tickle him until smoothed to sleep
Me too. We have Strong Daddy, Puff Daddy, Cross Elephant, Can’t Stop The Elephant (my dad played that with us as kids too).
Ours are “pointy” “thumper” “the clutching claw” “pinchy ( in the worse places)” and “captain chin”.
Yes, indeed. “Puff Daddy” involves them blowing towards me and me making out I’m caught in a gale, can’t get near them.
That’s great. My Dad played Dracula and chased us around the house with his false teeth hanging out. Terrifyingly brilliant.
I used to put on “In the Hall of the Mountain King” – perfect for a gradually speeded up chase round the house
we play “if I were a sandwich”, when you take turns to choose a category & everyone says what kind they’d be
We also play Jellywobble. Where I lay on the floor in a doorway & the kids have to get through without me noticing. I have to pull them down onto the floor & tickle them shouting “Jellywobble”. The 14yo son refuses to play now, sadly.
My middle son invented a game called Pap the Pap, which involved cards, dice & counters. One rule – only he could win it.
Midkid also invented “Dungleweaser” where his dad would wiggle a finger in a menacing fashion, chase him & tickle with it.
Whenever we got a toy that came in a box, Dad would make us play “orphans” and pretend we lived in the box.
I like virtual hide & seek. Think of somewhere, eg cutlery drawer in kitchen, other players have to guess where you are hiding.
Sis & I used to play something similar called ‘Hide the Thimble': 1 person imagined where they hid imaginary thimble. The other had to guess. I tried to get Dan to play it with me but apparently it is “ridiculous”.
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