If your family is like mine, your kids talk and dream about being a contestant on their favorite TV game show. You can come close to making their dreams a reality and put your family "in Jeopardy" when you create your own personalized version of the popular game show.
To make the game board, cut off the flaps of used envelopes and glue the envelopes in four vertical columns on a sheet of tagboard, leaving enough space at the top of each column for the names of the categories. (Or, pin the envelopes to a large bulletin board, if you have one.) The envelope pockets will hold the questions.
Label each envelope with various point amounts such as 10, 20 and 30. Then one or two family members may write questions and answers for the four categories on index cards or on slips of paper. The game is especially fun when you make up categories that apply specifically to your family, such as "Our Trip to Disney World," or "All About Our Pets."
Your kindergartner will feel so clever when she knows "the month we drove to Florida." Mom and Dad will be challenged when asked to remember "the date on Frisky's dog collar."
Once the questions are in the envelope pockets on the board, divide everyone into teams and let the question writer act as emcee.
The game begins when one contestant requests an answer, such as " 'Things in Grandma's House' for 10." The emcee reads the card in the pocket. Players raise their hands if they know the question, and the emcee calls on the person who raises his hand first. The emcee may award "play money" from a child's board game for a correct question. Once your family has answered all 12 or so items on the board, remember to provide a final "Jeopardy" answer. An older sibling or adult may assist a preschooler in writing or drawing the question on a piece of paper.
Everybody likes a prize after a challenging match. Treat the family to root beer floats, popcorn or other favorites.
If you'd like to share your comments or ideas for family projects, write to Donna Erickson, Features Department, The Sun, Baltimore 21278.