You are robbers who must not leave a single footprint on the floor. Prepare a room for transfers without touching the floor. Use chairs, cabinets, the sofa and pillows to move about the room…anything. And then rob your mum’s undies drawer.
Find one really dirty thing at home (a pan, bottom of a wardrobe, an old bottle or a sink strainer) and do a perfect job cleaning it up. Suffer all the consequences. Use every method and everything at hand. You may destroy the thing completely, but it’s worth it.
Find a mirror or a window, breathe on it and draw. Make a set of animals, houses, figures or anything you can think of. When sadness from losing all the breath pictures comes over you, just use a camera to catch them. Let technology beat the laws of Nature once again.
Draw a family tree for your child and put them in the middle. Then draw them a friend tree and a neighbour tree. Instead of a tree you can draw a net or sets or whatever comes to your mind. In the end come up with a hiding place for your child to escape from them all.
Any round (or close to round) objects you find at home will make a good planet. Place a ball or a watermelon somewhere and let the wooden planet, glass planet, crumpled-up paper planet, plastic bag planet or the golf ball planet go around it… Come up with creatures and plants living on the planets and make up stories for every one of them.
Collect the lightest clothes at home, throw them up to the air and admire their slow elegant fall. Who will make the beautiest flight? Who will prepare the best color show? Who will be scolded the most by mom?
Blindfold your child, leave them on their own for a while and then make really freaky sounds to frighten them. Once you scare the daylights out of them, you can change roles. And while you are at this game, make sure you do not pee yourselves.
PS. Those who will find playing blind man fun can feel blindfolded for materials, shapes and objects. (Watch out for the knife though!)
Let’s see who can get warmer hands in 2 minutes. Try to warm up by clapping, rubbing hands together under the blanket, holding your hands over a heating etc. You can find the winner easily by feeling each player’s hands.
Start by saying a word and the poet next to you has to rhyme it. And the others have to follow. Those who cannot come up with a rhyme get a black point and have to kick off with a new word again. The person with least black points at the end is the best poet. You can write the words down, too, and turn them into hip-hop lyrics at the end.
Calming your children and yourself down comes in handy. First take a deep breath. Then all start doing the buzzing sound simultaneously. Who lasts the longest, gets a point. Even the biggest rocketeer wears out after five rounds. Important note: Of course your lungs are bigger. But bear in mind to let your children win at least a few times.
Choose few diseases (stomachache, the flu, broken leg…) and pretend to have them for five minutes. Be as ill as possible, best actors may even turn green. When the real disease comes, you will do much much better.
Explore sugar. Smash up the lump and discover how much powder you will get. Compare sugar to salt and flour – use your eyes, nose and then tongue. Pour the sugar into a glass of water and find when it stops to melt. Put the cube onto a wet cloth and watch and examine the decay process.
Every book (paperbacks included) makes a brilliant roof when you stand it legs apart and its back up. Become a city planner and build a whole village with streets, squares, a city hall and maybe an open pool (big blue world atlas) too.