This isn’t just for older toddlers, but bored, or whiny, waiting-in-line, or car riding children of all ages (and I mean all-I’ve asked these of teenagers.) It does two things-distracts, and also shows them that we are so interested in what they think and like and how their minds work.
It’s so simple it’s silly but I was reminded of this game on vacation when it was used with a whiny to-be-kindergartener that couldn’t walk another step on a long hike back up a mountain. We also play this at night when I don’t feel like reading a book-they beg for it!
It’s just a long bunch of quick simple questions-as long as you need it to be.
It started out being called “the liking game” and then another version was called “would you rather”, and another version “guess who”.
What would you rather have – a chocolate bar or Skittles?
Would you rather have -spaghetti and meatballs or a hamburger?
What do you like better-orange or blue?
What do you like better-chocolate or vanilla?
What do you like better-Halloween or Christmas?
Would you rather live in a big city or the country when you grow up?
Do you like the beach or the mountains?
Would you rather be stuck on a boat or an elevator?
Would you rather hold a cock roach or a snake?
The “guess who game” is one little hint at a time about family members and close friends until they guess who it is. We also do this with fairy tales, stories, and princesses that the younger kids are familiar with. It cracks us up how quickly they get these. Shows you how much they really do pay attention!
The possibilities are endless and kids LOVE this really-and can play for hours.