With people staying home more than usual, finding new activities is keeping many families entertained. You could all sit down and create clerihew poems about each other.
Edmund Clerihew Bentley was a London-born writer of poetry and mysteries. He was the inventory of the Clerihew, a humorous four-line rhyming biographical poem. Because of him, July 10th is National Clerihew Day.
How to Write a Clerihew
A clerihew is always four lines. The structure is lines A and B rhyme and lines C and D rhyme. Lines don’t have to be the same length. They should vary in length. You could do one very short line, a long line, a line of medium length, and another long line. It’s up to you. It has to be biographical.
As an example, if you were writing a clerihew about Spiderman, you might come up with something like:
Spiderman exists because he got bitten
Thanks to that spider, his fate was well written
He’d go on to fight many a crime
Never receiving a payment, not even a dime
All ages can participate in a family challenge to write a clerihew. Children will have just as much fun as the adults, and you can do a big reveal when everyone’s done. Turn it into a family game by scoring each one and seeing who has the highest score after 10 rounds.
Other Activities That Inspire Creativity
Many other family-friendly activities help everyone be creative. Have you ever played the game “Dictionary?” Get a dictionary out and find a word you’ve never heard of. Players all come up with a definition for the word you give.
If anyone correctly defines the word, they get the point. Otherwise, you judge the definitions and pick your favorite to award the point. After being the person to choose the word, the dictionary moves to the next person for them to have a chance to choose the word.
Pictionary is another popular family game that requires some creativity. Pick a phrase, movie title, song, or celebrity and draw pictures for those on your team. The goal is to draw effectively enough so that they correctly guess what you’re drawing.
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