Christmas Games

We are always on the look out for a good game for Christmas parties. Here is one I created and we plan to try this year! Of course, you can always put the slips of paper in a hat and draw them, but this way may *sweeten* the deal for the reluctant Scrooge of the bunch!

I’ll post a Chinese Fortune Cookie recipe soon! Watch for it!




The Work of Her Hands

When Drama Princess was just ten and a half, I gave her a stack of cloth napkins and asked her to personalize them. My thinking was it would make it easier to differentiate between them, enabling us to use them for several meals. Little did I know that she would create such tiny, lovely flowers! Suddenly my everyday napkins were cherished works of art. πŸ™‚ She had almost no training or instruction in any type of needlework. Just lovely!

Checkers, anyone?

Ephraim created a stunning checker board, using small tiles from a home improvement store. He attached them to the wooden base, framed it and added protective feet. The children were able to help too! It is sturdy and beautiful. For the checkers, he made small slices of wood, sanded them and painted them coordinating colors.


Here, Turkey-Turkey…

This turkey wing bone call isΒ  made from the small and large bones in the turkey. This is believed to be the second call every used to call turkeys, after the Indian method of calling with vocal sounds.Β  The call is used by “kissing” into the end, which makes a turkey sound.Β  This is an old-fashioned call, that many no longer know how to make, yet it is simple.

To hear its sound –


Mancala Nation!

A great game for two!
We have enjoyed many Mancala games using this set, crafted by Ephraim.

And I have to say, I love the colors in the glass beads with the light wood! πŸ™‚ One of the cool things about making it yourself is that you get to make it the way you like it!