Connect through Conversation

Novelist E. M. Forster (1879 – 1970) wrote the words, “Only connect!” in the hope that readers would connect his prose with the passion in themselves. It is also my motto for all of the activity exercises I have created. I hope they will serve as a prop to open up...

Don’t Give Me Your Lip

A lipogram is a word game that consists of writing new material or rewriting existing material by leaving out certain letters of the alphabet. (Lipogram comes from a Greek word meaning “missing letter.”) One of the most famous practitioners was A. Ross Eckler, who...

Scrutinizing the Lineup

Continuing our recommendations for games to play with family and friends for Games and Puzzle Month and beyond, Lineup is a favorite in my household. Cutely subtitled by MindWare as “the memory game of quick looks and tricky crooks,” it’s really one that requires...

Creative Apples

November is Games and Puzzles Month, dedicated to preserving the tradition of investing time with family and friends. In the U.S. it’s also a reminder to be thankful for all those relationships. One game that fosters good family/friend fun is Apples to Apples from Out...

Who Would Win?

In a figure-skating contest who would win – Dr. Seuss or George Washington? In a stand-up comedy competition, who would win – Tarzan or Napoleon? The Who Would Win? game I received in the mail was sealed, but without instructions either inside or out of its box. Which...