Take a moment to reflect on how you were raised… how you evolved from the child that you were to the parent that you are.

  • What were your parents’ goals for you?
  • What values did you pick up on as a child?

What is most memorable in the time you spent with your parents when you were young? Did you play?

Play is important because play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. 

So here’s a game to play with your kids this week:  Chicken, Human, Ninja, Dragon

Number of players:  at least 3, the more the merrier
Age of players: any
Time needed for game: 5-15 minutes

Rules for Play

  1.   We are all chickens!  Walk like a chicken! Talk like a chicken! Move around like a chicken until you find yourself in front of another chicken.
  2.   When you find yourself face to face with another player tell them one thing you learned from your parents.
  3.   Then play Rock Paper Scissors
  4.   The winning hand gets to evolve to the next being. Winner: Go walk like a human! Loser: you’re still a chicken!
  5.   Find another creature of your type and follow the above steps until someone in your group evolves to Dragon.

WHY? Play is an important tool in inspiring and encouraging children. Noticing how we learn from our parents and our children is a powerful way to stay connected.  Having fun and being silly with our kids creates memories that last.

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Angie Smith

Angela Smith is a local advocate who currently works as an academic specialist for students with traumatic brain injuries. She has a Master’s degree in education, and experience teaching in classrooms from kindergarten to college level. She is a writer, science aficionado, learner, & educator who keeps bees, and also keeps up with a busy family in Ann Arbor. Her goal is to explore countless possibilities to live life to the fullest. Some of those possibilities include cooking, traveling around Michigan and beyond, eating tacos, reading books with the best book club in town, practicing yoga on a paddle board, and generally kicking butt whenever necessary.

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