Family 'Fess Up

Family 'Fess Up

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How well do you know your family?  Play a game of Family ‘Fess up and find out.  Works in-person for your household or virtually with family afar. 

What You Need: 

  • One piece of paper per player 
  • Strips of blank paper 
  • Something to write with 
  • A large bowl 

What You Do: 

  1. Have each player write down 10 questions on strips of blank paper, one question per strip.  Questions should be about things you know or want to know about the other players.  Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • What’s your least favorite chore? 
  • What’s the best book you’ve read? 
  • What’s your favorite vegetable? 
  • What’s your favorite breakfast food? 
  • Where have you always wanted to travel? 
  • Who’s your favorite singer? 
  • How do you like to spend your Saturday mornings? 
  • What’s something you’d like to learn to do? 
  • What’s your preferred mode of transportation? 
  • If you could live somewhere else, where would you live? 
  • What historical figure would you like to meet? 
  • What invention are you grateful for? 
  1. Fold up the strips of paper and place them in the bowl.   

  1. Take turns pulling strips of paper from the bowl and reading the question aloud.  Don’t answer yet!  Other players write down what they think the reader’s answer is. 

  1. Go around the table and share what each player thinks the reader’s answer is.  When everyone has shared, the reader tells their answer.  Each player who guessed correctly gets a point.  If no one guesses correctly, the reader gets a point. 

  1. Keep going until you run out of questions. 

Did You Know? Playing games together as a family strengthens family bonds, encourages self-confidence, and builds communication and critical thinking skills. 

Words to Use:  

  • Prediction: A statement about what you think is going to happen. 

What to Talk About: 

  • Seize the moment to tell some family stories. 
  • Think aloud to model critical thinking skills. 
  • Ask follow-up questions to encourage conversation. 
  • Have everyone explain the thinking behind their answers.  Why is emptying the dishwasher your least favorite chore? 

Change It Up:  

  • Age It Down:  For younger children, write their guesses for them.  Seeing their own words and ideas on paper makes children feel important and helps them understand the connection between letters and sounds. 
  • For virtual play: Send players different lists of questions ahead of time so everyone has their own set to play with.  Type questions and answers in the chat. 

Learning Connections:  

  • Communication 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Curiosity 
  • Social & Emotional Development 
  • Language Development 

Curriculum Connections: NC Standard Course of Study 

  • English Language Arts: SL.K.1, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, SL.1.1, SL.1.3, SL.1.4, SL.2.1, SL.2.4, SL.3.1, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.4.1, SL.4.4, SL.5.1, SL.5.4 
  • Social Studies: K.C&G.1, K.C.1, 1.C.1 

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