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Do you know you can have fun with your siblings by playing old-fashioned "themes"? First, read to them about the time you want to act out. Get some books from the library. What did they do in those times? What did they eat? How did they dress? What century did they live in? Then, visit a costume shop or Value Village to find some inexpensive costumes that look like the old-fashioned time period you chose! If you can’t find any, just make do with some old clothes you already have. Here are some themes to try playing.
- Pioneer Days (your sisters will love this!): have old-fashioned lemonade in jars, make butter the old-fashioned way, eat by candlelight, and have a country dance with fiddle music.
- Medieval Days (brothers are sure to especially love this one!): Dress up as knights. Use wooden swords and have sword fights. Eat “ham” (or butchered pig!). Have gingerale to pretend it was “ale” (which they drank back then). Have a “feast” using pretend food and top it off with a knight-dubbing ceremony.
- Ancient Days (bros and sis’ alike will love this fun theme): Eat lying on the floor with your fingers; or squatting. Dress in togas or long white dresses (yes, boys too!). Enjoy some lively music while eating. Then, read or recite poetry or the Psalms to each other.
- Pilgrim Times (fun for the whole family!): Get some pilgrim costumes (or make your own). Pretend you are sailing on a ship. Get a Psalter and sing Psalms. Cook over the fire. Build new houses in the New Land (once you get there, of course!). Pretend to go fishing, and plant corn. End the day off with a Thanksgiving “feast” with pretend food. Have some of your siblings dress up as Indians who share the feast with the Pilgrims.