Warning: I am starting with a personal memory, so if you just want the ideas, skip now to the bottom of the post.
This picture brings back a hilarious memory that completely depicts my kids at that particular time in our lives. This was taken at a family talent show. And yes, the only talent we could come up with involved my son’s addiction to swords associated with Star Wars. He even had my then two year old thinking she was his padawon learner who would faithfully follow him around the house with her hooded (pink) towel on her head trying to use the force on everything. So when I told them we needed to come up with a talent for a show at Grandma’s house, they plotted out a Star Wars fight scene complete with darkness and glowing swords, hooded towel costumes, using the force on each other, and the dramatic Star Wars theme music playing in the background. Talent, I tell you.
My point being, you don’t need to sing exceptionally or play a musical instrument without fault in order to enjoy some sort of talent show.
The audience (cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents) completed my kids Star Wars “talent” with clapping, laughing, and a huge dog pile. My kids LOVED it and on the way home started plotting out next year’s show. Bingo – TRADITION!
Have everyone come up with their own lip sync performance, complete with costumes and air guitars.
Blast some music and have a dance contest (or at least let each person have his/her time in the spotlight)
Read a well known story together letting each person take a turn or character.(The Grinch, or the Night Before Christmas come to mind) OR - turn the reading into a game by drawing out of a hat different styles by which the person must read his or her part. (opera singer, cowboy, robot)
Just don’t forget your camera so you can remember them!
What are your “talent show” ideas?