Every night at dinner we play a game... everyone (including parents and grandparents, whoever is around for dinner) says two sentences that are false and one that is true (about their day). Everyone else at the dinner table has to guess which is true. After all the guesses are made, the child who made up the sentences gives an "ehhh" to the people who guessed incorrectly and a "ding ding" to those who guess correctly. This helps me find out more about their day and my little ones enjoy "eghhh"ing and "ding-sing"ing other family members. Everyone can enjoy this game!
i give them a cookie and ask if they want to color together. then i tell them to draw how they are feeling and when its done i ask them about the picture. Sometimes this doesn't work at all, but sometimes it does!
I liked your game, I think it's a very good idea. I also play it sometimes when I have new friends over it always help with the ambiance and for people to know each other.
Jodi, I guess it's normal that the child doesn't want to share everything with his parents, sometime after a long day you just don't have strengh to talk about it again. Maybe try more in times like shabat to talk about his week, when everything is calm and he has the day for himself.
The key, I think , is to ask specific questions. "Did you play with Chavi today?" "Did Morah Miriam say something that offended you?" "Did Rabbi T do something that made you upset?" I have found on a few occasions that once I reassured my 6 year old daughter that its ok to tell mommy what happened, mommy will not be upset with you, that she opens up.