This collection of Family Plays is just a beginning. Encourage your children to invent their own moves. It is easy to do; just follow these five suggestions.
1) Always try out any new Family Play right away, while the idea is hot. As you do Family Plays, the plays themselves will suggest new plays. Learn to let yourself be interrupted by the new ideas. You can always go back later to whatever it was you were doing.
2) Develop the play. Very few new Family Plays work well at first. To get them right you may have to invert positions or combine ideas. Frequently a new Family Play flops when you try it out, but in modifying it you discover another play that works well.
3) Give the new Family Play a name. Ask your child what to call it. "What does this remind you of?" Attempt to come up with a few names, then let your subconscious work on the problem. In a few days a really good name will hit you.
4) Write down the new Family Play immediately, before you forget it. Draw stick figures to describe the action. Note the author's name and the date.
5) From time to time ask your children if they have thought up any new Family Plays recently. Challenge their minds. Let them know that you look forward to trying out their new ideas. Come up with a few variations yourself, and share your excitement.
One good way to get new ideas is to do the plays with a group of friends. You can also look at dance movies or try to simulate some of the motions around you.
The new ideas do not have to be spectacular. In fact you may not want to do some of them more than once or twice. That is fine. The object is to enjoy with your child the process of creating. Each time your children go through the process, they will gain confidence in their ability to create.