Friday, February 1, 2013

Duggars' Favorite Indoor Games

 50 degrees is the average temperature for January and February in northwest Arkansas, but it has been much colder than that. Yesterday, the thermometer dropped below freezing. How do the Duggars keep their kids busy when the weather is not in their favor? In her most recent TLC Parentables article, Michelle Duggar shares her family's favorite indoor pastimes.

Four-Square: Using masking tape, the kids created a four-square court on the tile floor of their front entryway. Balls are usually an outside toy for the Duggars, but, seeing the fun that her children have had playing four-square, Michelle has made an exception.

We’ve had so much fun with only a few casualties: They knocked over a cup of hot cocoa when a ball bounced, but that’s it.

Layers (also called Fishbowl): Michelle explains the new group game that her family has recently discovered. Each player comes up with three nouns and writes each one on a separate slip of paper. The papers are placed in a bowl or hat, which is passed around the circle. Players take turns drawing a slip of paper, and everyone else has to guess what it says.

The first round, you get to describe it with words and hand motions. Then, the second round is just a one-word description. For the last round, you can only use gestures. That’s it. So it gets harder and harder every round. It’s a lot of fun.

Jam Sessions: Impromptu jam sessions are common in the Duggar household, especially during the winter months. All of the kids play violin and piano, and some have picked up other instruments, like cello, guitar, mandolin, trumpet, and harp.

They’re practicing, singing and enjoying playing music together. It’s a very special family activity.


  1. Sounds like fun and neat games! The Duggars are creative! :)

  2. how do you amuse say 2year olds my granddaughter cannot stick to any thing for more than 5 mins

  3. Sounds like fun! When the weather is really bad here (it has been lately) we play "cowboy's and indians," hide-and-go-seek, build forts out of cardbored, and watch Sherwood and Disney movies. Sometimes those days are the best!

    I am just wondering, do you know the exact date when the Duggars new season will come out? THANX

  5. I know this is off topic, but when will the Duggar's new book come out?? Just wondering.

    Thanks so much, for this blog,and everything else,

    Cyiehrra Judiy Morlog

  6. To Jill....most 2 yr olds love playdough, sensory activities and art activities. You could reward your granddaughter with small treats and keep track of her progress with a timer. It helps if u particpate in the activity w her.

  7. @JeaeLyhnn

    Hi JeaeLyhnn,

    The exact date has not been announced, but TLC assured us that the show will return around the last week of March.

    Thanks for reading!
    Lily and Ellie

  8. To Jill: When our kids were two, I would simply play with them. Sit on the floor, we'd sing, dance, read books, tell stories, having running races around the table, build blocks. Just get things together, interact, and keep moving on if something is boring. Most 2yo's are not content with crafts - they want activity! They also love to help you cook up a treat. Let them dump in ingredients and stir away!

  9. how come whenever i say anything "negative" about the duggars it never gets posted???

  10. @Emma Sparkson.

    Hi Emma,

    Our aim is to post all points of view, but we will not post anything that is profane, derogatory, or in poor taste.

    ~Lily and Ellie

  11. @Anonymous

    Hi Cyiehrra Judiy Morlog,

    They haven't set a date yet, but the goal is to get it on the shelves as soon as possible.

    ~Lily and Ellie

  12. I recently learned a game from my co-leader in Girl Scout that our girls love. We call it "invisible things", but I don't know the realy name.
    Basically everybody pretends to have a small item in their hands, and you write down what each person has. Then for one minute people walk around "trading" the objects with each other ("here is my eraser" "and here is my flower"). At the end you see what is left and what people still have. It's great for practing paying attention to what people say and really listening to them. It made a great object lesson for the girls.


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