Pen and pencil games

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Pen and pencil games

There are a few pen and pencil games that you can play at home, on the plane, or in the car.


You will need:

1. Plain sheet of paper
2. Pencil
3. Eraser

Games you can play:

1. Join the dots: Make a 6×6 square of dots on a page. Take turns to join dots with a line. You can join only two dots at a time. If your line completes a box, you put your initial inside it. The person with the highest number of boxes wins. Once the child gets the hang of the game, move to a bigger square.

2. Tic Tac Toe is another game you can play using a pencil and paper. The game is played on a 3×3 grid square. The first person puts an ‘X’ in one of the grids and the second player puts an ‘O’. The first player to successfully get three Xs or Os in a line (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) wins. You can also play this using a whiteboard and marker.

3. Pictionary is similar to charades. However, the person who has to express word or phrase needs to draw instead of acting it out.

4. Name, place, animal, thing: Divide the page into four parts: Name, Place, Animal, Thing. Set a timer for a few seconds and let the child recite the alphabet silently. When the timer stops, the child says what letter he stopped at, and the players have to write down the names of a person, animal, thing, and place starting with that letter.