I created this game to help my daughter learn about animal characteristics, habitats and classifications. The rules are similar to the regular 20 questions: you get 20 questions (this never happens, we either go way under or way over), let your child take a turn to be an animal even if you end up going in circles for an hour because they aren’t clear on certain things, and you can only ask yes or no questions.
This has fast become my daughter’s favorite game to play and every stinking time we are in the car, she wants to play this game. I say stinking because there are some days that I just do not want to be an animal. LOL Seriously, though, it is fun, it is educational and the possibilities are endless.
You, as the parent/caregiver, go first and be patient. You might have to play this a few times for the child to get a good understanding of it. Here is an example:
Adult: I am animal. Guess Who I Am?
Child: Are you a mammal?
Child: Do you walk on two legs or four?
Adult: I can’t answer that. It has to be a yes or no question only.
Child: Ok, do you walk on four legs?
Child: Do you live in a forest?
Child: Are you an herbivore? ( Yes, my child asks these kinds of questions though in the beginning she didn’t know the meaning of these kinds of words.)
Child: Are you a carnivore?
Child: Are you an omnivore?
Child: Can you be kept as a common household pet? (another question that has evolved through MANY, MANY games. We decided to limit animals to common household pet (rabbit, dog, cat, mice, snake, fish, basically anything you can get at a pet store or shelter, though I do not condone purchasing pets) and should not be pets (animals that are not “domesticated”) This arose because we agreed that foxes, bears, etc. should not be pets but do sometimes end up in human homes.
Child: Do you have a long tail? (as opposed to a short tail like a deer or rabbit) You will come up with your own family’s rules as you go along because things will come up that can be seen as relevant such as size of animal. For example, a large animal in our game is anything as big as an elephant or giraffe. A medium animal is anything that is bigger than a cat. A small animal is cat size or smaller.
Child: Are you a wolf?