Group Size: 4 to 10
Equipment: pencil, paper, dictionary
Focus: social interaction, family involvement
Before there was Balderdash, there was Flibbertigibbet. Before there was Flibbertigibbet, there was just a dictionary. What ever the name, a dictionary can be a source of fun for everyone in the group.
Description: Invite one person to look through a dictionary till he finds a word he believes no one else would know its meaning. This person reads the word aloud and spells it out for others.
The other players tries to think of a good definition for that word.
Encourage players to try to make the definition sound as if it really belongs in the dictionary as they are attempting to fool others as if there definition is the real one.
Meanwhile, the player who shared the word from the dictionary writes down the real definition on a sheet of paper.
When everyone is done, the definitions are collected and read aloud one at a time. Everyone listens and tries to guess which is the real definition.
- Anyone who guesses the correct definition gets a point.
- The writer of a false definition that is voted upon gets a point for each vote he receives.
- The player who shared the word from the dictionary gets a point for every person who guessed a wrong definition.
Continue the game with each person having an opportunity to share a word from the dictionary.
Discussion: What family games do you play within your family? How do you think that games can promote communication within the family? Would a regular family game night help improve communication in your family?
Expected Outcome: participants will learn a new leisure activity and add to their repertoire of leisure interests and skills. Participants will understand the need for family activities.