Twin sisters Lisa Hanson and Heather Kempskie have filled their new book with ideas to encourage sibling togetherness and stop sibling fighting. Here’s one sure-to-get-them-laughing idea from The Siblings’ Busy Book ($9.95, Meadowbrook Press):
Pick a Move
This activity combines chance with imagination to get the family moving. Supplies: A deck of cards and a watch or clock.
Remove the face cards from the deck. Have the kids sit on the floor in a circle and place the remaining cards face down in the center. Have the first player choose a movement—like hopping on one foot, running in place, skipping—then have him pick a card. The number on the card indicates how many seconds he must perform that activity. For instance, if he chooses to do jumping jacks and picks a nine card, he must do jumping jacks for nine seconds. When he’s done, the next player thinks of a movement and picks a card. To make it more challenging for older kids, have the kids do their movements with their eyes closed.