Thursday, June 23, 2011

Personalized Guess Who? Game

I saw this fun idea on Mads Memories and knew it would be something James would enjoy. He's starting to get into games and, as I've mentioned before, I'm always trying to think of ways to keep him aware of our family since we live so far away from all of them.

We already had the Guess Who? game on hand and I have to admit it was getting a bit dusty. I think this is just the thing to renew some interest. And thankfully we have a large enough family for me to have pulled this project off (the people in the photo are just our immediate family... and 8 are missing!).

This wasn't as difficult to put together as some might think. Having already made our Family Nomenclature Cards, I had all of the images ready to go. I didn't even need to format them, I just chose the "fit to screen" and "contact sheet" option on my printer settings. I did need to spend some time in Picnik adding names to all the photos, and I had to cut out each individual photo, but it was all time well spent. I really think James will get a kick out of this.

I'm planning on keeping this as a surprise gift for him for when the baby arrives. :)

~Thank you for your comments!~

25 comments:

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

This is BRILLIANT! I teach Kindergarten and am envisioning a game like this with pictures of my students, and staff, in September to help them learn each others' faces and names! So neat.

Mara said...

I love this game, great idea to do it with the family!

Debbie said...

I love this idea! Perfect for us, too, since we live far from our family. Now I just need to find a Guess Who game at a charity shop.

Kori said...

My sister did this one year for each set of cousins. It's a big hit! Have fun with it! Kori

Susana of Montessori Candy said...

That's such a nice idea for James to remember his relatives :) I live about 14 hours from family. I think my kids would love to have a game or games like this! Thanks for sharing this Mari-Ann

jess_hak said...

This is really an incredibly, cute idea!

Tammy said...

I agree....wonderful idea!

Joyce said...

What a great idea! I'm sure he'll love it. I like your idea of keeping it for him until the new baby comes. Very sweet!

Pani Tanguera i Gabiƛ said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing, Maru-Ann!
PaniTanguera

Cherine M said...

OMGosh this is such a sweet, and very cool idea...I love it!!!

Lindsay said...

oo very fun!! I love this idea! Tim has a big family so I could probably pull this off as well... now to find the game ;-)

Our Country Road said...

I really love this! Thank you!!

Joey said...

Like everyone else, I think this is brilliant! I'm going to start looking for this game at our Thrift Stores!
Thank you for sharing this Mari-Ann!
~ joey ~

Donaji said...

I fought about this a few weeks ago too... I got the game last week from the thrift store looking for our family picS

Jo said...

This is my first time to post a comment on your blog, but when I saw this I squealed! I saw this idea last week on another blog (can't remember which) and knew we had to make it for my husband's big Thanksgiving get together! Glad to know the contact sheet option works perfectly!!

lady said...

I have thought about this too, but I was going to use clip art people. This is so much better. We don't have nearly as much family, but we have plenty of close friends.

I have always hated the game (even though it can be a great learning tool) because it is 3/4 men to 1/4 women and the hair and eye colors are skewed toward dark. I played with a kid I babysit and pulled 4 of the 5 women in the first 4 games.

I just wanted to know how you printed the pictures? On your home printer or through a photo printing company>?

Counting Coconuts said...

Thank you for your kind feedback!

@lady: I printed these off on our home computer.

Sam said...

Just saw this activity on arma dei site - using saints - google guess who catholic game... they give you the pictures to cut and attach - didn't get the idea until I saw your blog pic. Thanks. Great idea both ways!

Sam said...

http://equippingcatholicfamilies.blogspot.com/2011/02/guess-who-of-saints.html

Found it! Arma dei's Catholic Patron Saints game! Thanks for this additional idea.

Sam

Terri said...

Wow it's great! Was just thinking of doing something like this - perfect :-)

Sarah Slaven said...

That's such a great idea. Most of our family live far away and I recently discovered that my third oldest wan't able to recognise a photo of her grandmother, very sad.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

This is GENIUS Mari-Ann!!

Would love it if you'd come link up this post on Friday for our Smart Summer Me on the Map challenge linky!

Guess Who? Is one of our favorite games and making it personalized with family is wonderful!!

xoxo
Pink and Green Mama
MaryLea

Lori said...

Such a clever and creative idea! I loved this game when I was little and I love it even more with your twist. I think this will be a birthday gift for my son's 5th birthday coming up. :) I added a link back to your post here: http://mymontessorimoments.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/summer-bucket-list-2011/

Laura Flett said...

This is a great idea as to how to renew a game's enjoyment. We have one of those kicking around, perhaps it should be renewed with family pictures. Great idea, thanks.

Erin Wing said...

I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the great idea!

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