- Sophie &Friends
Let's face it: family can be funny... and predictable! This Thanksgiving, give the kids something fun to occupy their time before and after dinner. Let them keep track of funny family quirks! How many times is Aunt Martha going to sneeze this year? How many times will Uncle Joe tell that story about how your dad blew out the transmission on his favorite car? How many times will the dog try to steal the turkey leg? You cater the list to your family, then let the games begin. Let the kids do it in secrecy, then wait till everyone goes home, and share the answers with your intimate family circle.
1. Before the guests show up, sit down with the players and write up a list of funny quirks that you might expect to see (see our suggestions list to get you started).
2. Make sure that your players know they are to keep this a secret; if guests are let in on the secret they will become self conscious, so stealth is important!
1. Keep track of the number of times the quirks happen. You can put hash marks by each quirk.
2. You may want to add new quirks that become apparent during the get-together.
Suggested Quirks: Get a point whenever someone...… says "excuse me."
… spills or knocks something over.
… an animal gets yelled at.
… tells an inappropriate joke.
… mentions politics.
… contradicts someone else.
… laughs in a funny way.
… snorts while laughing.
… texts someone.
… mentions eating too much.
… complains about something.
… makes a face or glares at someone.
… hugs someone.
… makes quotation marks with their fingers while talking.
… mentions their vacation or traveling.
… speaks in another language.
… mentions the achievements of another in their family.
… mentions something new they've bought.
… falls asleep.
… takes photographs.
… loses their temper.
… gets teary.
… makes a toast.
… compliments the chef.
… name drops.
… repeats a phrase like, "wicked", "cool", "gnarly."
1. Remember not to be mean, spiteful, or harmful. Family gatherings can be times of high tensions, and no one wants to invite hurt feelings. Make sure that your quirks are in the spirit of fun.
2.You may want to keep your tally sheet in a special place, and update it at intervals. Again, this is meant to be a secret.
3. You may not want to assign names to your quirks (as in number of times Aunt Elsie makes the "quotation" sign when talking). Just note the quirk without anyone's name attached, that way no one's feelings get hurt if they see the sheet.