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Are you tired of playing in the garden alone? Invite some friends over and let your imagination take flight with these fun activities.


Pass the Face

Everyone sits in a circle. Pick who will go first. That person makes the silliest face he/she can make the shows the face to the group, then turns to the person to their right and makes the face again. The student must make the exact same face back to them. The new person then makes a different face, shows it to the group, and turns to the next person in the circle who mirrors that image back to them. This continues until everyone has a chance to participate.


The Silent Scream

Everyone stands up. They must listen carefully to your instructions. They are not to begin until you have finished. Now tell them they are going to scream as loud as they want too, but WITHOUT using words. They may use their entire body but they cannot use their voice.


Climb Aboard the Imagination Express!

This is a fun activity that can take you anywhere in the world, past, present or future. You and your friends get to decide the beginning of the story and build from there using the Storybag. The Storybag, which can be any type of container from a bag to a basket, contains all sorts of different and common items you can find around your house. Anything from a spoon, measuring table, stuffed animal, crayon, the more the merrier.


I first learned this activity from storyteller Suzie Schafer. The directions are on her website at: but I have added a bit more to the game.


Before you begin you must decide:

  • Where is the story taking place? Be as detailed as possible. Is it a forest, on a beach, in the mountains, etc?
  • Are we in the past, present or future? If you decide to be in Ancient Egypt there can be no cars in the story.
  • Who is in the story? There can be more than one character. You may also include animals.
  • In what season is the story set, summer, winter, spring or autumn?
  • What is the problem in the story that needs to be solved?
  • Will we use magic?

Once you decide all of the above someone must begin the story by selected an item from the Storybag. They must find a way to use the object in the story. After they have added to the story the next person chooses something from the Storybag and continues the tale. Keep playing until everyone has a turn or you decide it is time to end the story. The last person to pick an object must find a way to end the story.


Story Yarn

You need a ball of yarn knotted at different places. You don't have to use the whole ball of yarn, just some of it will do. Sit in a circle with your friends and have someone begin a story, just a few sentences is enough. As they talk they slowly pull the yarn. When they get to the first knot they stop and the yarn is passed to the next person who continues the story. Keep adding to the story until everyone has had a chance to play. The last person ends the story. An example of one way to start a story would be: "Yesterday I went to the park with parents. It was a beautiful, sunny day and I could hear the birds singing. I was so excited because.... " Use your imagination, anything is possible!


Tongue Twisters Just for Fun!

Can you say these three times fast? Can your friends? Let’s find out. You go first!


  • Fat frogs flying past fast.
  • A fat thrush flies through thick fog.
  • If Stu chews shoes, should Stu choose the shoes he chews?
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
    If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    He would chuck, he would, as much as he could.
    And chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would
    If a woodchuck could chuck wood.
  • I thought a thought
    But the thought I thought
    Was not the thought
    I thought I thought.
  • Kris Kringle carefully crunched on candy canes.
  • Mix, Miss, Mix!
  • Red lorry, yellow lorry.
  • Ruby Rugby's brother bought and brought her back some rubber baby-buggy bumpers.
  • Are our oars oak?
  • Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran.
  • Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
  • A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood.
  • A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits.
  • Crisp crusts crackle crunchily.
  • The crow flew over the river with a lump of raw liver.
  • Draw drowsy ducks and drakes.