100 Days of Play–Props!

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Hi Friends! It’s an honor to be a of part of the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop co-hosted by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo.  100 Days. 100 bloggers from around the world. 100 ideas of simple play.  These play ideas only take five minutes and any materials needed are common household supplies.   Check out the link at the bottom of this post to see the collection of ideas.

One of my all-time favorite games to play with my kids and classrooms is “Props” or “It looks like a ___, but really its a ____. I didn’t invent it, it’s an old theater game and I’d bet some version of it was played among cavemen. The only supplies you need are a creative brain, a voice, and an ability to control your laughter when its your turn to speak. Oh, and stuff. Do you have any stuff around your house? I sure do. It’s a brilliant game of improv, quick thinking, creativity, innovation, brainstorming…oh, and you can play it from ages 1-100.


The show “Whose Line is it Anyway” plays Props with teams and will show you how to play.

Make up your own rules.  We simply pass around a random prop and try to exhaust ideas. You can also have a box of 5-6 props and let each person pull one out each time. Most of the time, this game is played in passing in 5 random minutes of our lives. It’s been brought up at the dinner table, on our way out the door to a soccer game or waiting in the doctor’s office. We’ve also played it many times while making pancakes. I love this game because its free, quick, funny, and oh is it good for your brain.

I’ve started a photo folder on my phone/ipad called “Props” with pictures of random things to use as a digital version of the game when we’re on the go. Are you ready to play, digital style? Leave your answer in the comments! It looks like a roll of toilet paper, but really it’s a………


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  1. thinkmagnetkids says:

    It looks like a roll of toilet paper, but really it’s designer streamers for your next party!

  2. angie danforth says:

    A mummy…waiting to be wrapped!

  3. Kristy Schmidt says:

    It looks like a roll of toilet paper, but really it’s the magical stream of blessings that comes from a unicorn’s horn.

  4. Courtney Jacobson says:

    A meal AND playground tunnel for your favorite hamster friend.

  5. It looks like a roll of toilet paper, but really it is the format for my next novel.

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