Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Word and Question Game

Dear Friends,

A merry day to you! Evangeline thanks all of you for your kind birthday wishes :) . Right now she and Frankie are happily playing with paper dolls that their sisters made for them. No one would guess that minutes earlier they were sworn enemies! :) And here is Audrey with one of the paper families that she has made :

We wanted to share with you a fun game (at least we think it's fun!) that we learned from "What Katy Did at School": It is a game for those old enough to write and make rhymes, and you need at least a few people. It is called "Word and Question", and is simple to play. Everyone playing must have a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Each player picks a random word, and writes it at the top of the paper, like this:

Then the paper is folded down, hiding the word. The papers are then passed to the person on the left, who writes a random question, like this:

The paper is folded down again, so as to hide the question, and papers are put into a hat. Now everyone draws a paper and writes a rhyme, at least two lines long, that answers the question and contains the word written on the top, such as this (The question does not have to be contained in the rhyme):

The papers are again passed into a hat, from whence a designated reader pulls out and reads all the papers, without divulging the identity of the author. Everyone then tries to guess who has written what, and there are always some interesting results!

Our friend Eli from Flutterby Patch was nice enough to give us a Sunshine Award for our "Why Do You Wear Dresses?" poem~Won't you stop by her place for a bit of sun? Now if only there were some REAL sunshine to go along with it!

May you have a blessed day,




The Morning Comes Before The Sun

Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose
From out night's gray and cloudy sheath;
Softly and still it grows and grows,
Petal by petal, leaf by leaf;
Each sleep-imprisoned creature breaks
Its dreamy fetters, one by one,
And love awakes, and labor wakes,--
The morning comes before the sun.

What is this message from the light
So fairer far than light can be?
Youth stands a-tiptoe, eager, bright,
In haste the risen sun to see;
Ah! check thy lunging, restless heart,
Count the charmed moments as they run,
It is life's best and fairest part,
This morning hour before the sun.

When once thy day shall burst to flower,
When once the sun shall climb the sky,
And busy hour by busy hour,
The urgent noontide draws anigh;
When the long shadows creep abreast,
To dim the happy task half done,
Thou wilt recall this pause of rest,
This morning hush before the sun.

To each, one dawning and one dew,
One fresh young hour is given by fate,
One rose flush on the early blue.
Be not impatient then, but wait!
Clasp the sweet peace on earth and sky,
By midnight angels woven and spun;
Better than day its prophecy,--
The morning comes before the sun.

~Susan Coolidge


  1. What a lovely (and quite large) family Audrey has made! Paper dolls are so fun!
    I love the game. It would be fun to play when friends are here!

  2. What a lovely game:) It is certainly fun to play...your imagination is used quite well isn't it?

    Thank you for sharing.

    Que Nuestro Senor Jesus te mantenga siempre, tu amiga...


  3. The doll family is wonderful. The game looks fun as well we may have to try that very soon ~Blessings Heather :)

  4. I like the game, too. It seems like an elaboration of "Things" (if I remember the other game's name correctly), and I think it would be a significant improvement to that game. I found "Things" boring, personally, and would love to try your enhanced "version" of it.

    Thanks for that poem, as well! Having been out all night on more than one occasion, waiting for the sun to rise, I felt like that poem was particularly meaningful to me. Having tried my own "hand" (no pun intended) as poetry as well, I am amazed at the quality of that poetry. How anyone could put together such great poetry is astounding to me.

  5. The paper dolls are great! What a collection they must have!

    Thank you for sharing this game - I love it and think my oldest daughter would love to play it - and maybe even with the extended family :) Fun winter games to play while inside!

    Have a blessed day dear friend,

  6. Dear Marquetta~the doll family that your older children made is so imaginative! Every paper doll is so unique and different. The game sounds like fun. I will play it with my daughters tonight! We usually play the Bible version of Apples to Apples. It snowed all day today and the girls will look forward to your game! God bless, Rose

  7. Great game, we play a version of that here in England. I love the paper dolls, so very colourful. Have a great weekend, love Eli

  8. Dear Marqueta, I love the paper dolls that Audrey has made. Very nice!

    That game is quite the challenge. I love words and writing, so that game would be right up my alley. I think it would be good for Michaela and me to do next week. You all did a wonderful job on your poem!


  9. Congratulations on the award, so deserved. Fun game, we will try it xoxoxx Clarice

  10. Dear Mama,

    It was fun to make the Gray's and the Kings!:) I made them last spring!;)

    I love you and I like you!:)




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